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Win with the Stonewall Dutch (English Edition) von [Johnsen, Sverre, Bern, Ivar, Agdestein, Simen]

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"An outstanding book ... Not only do the authors rehabilitate an underestimated opening - they even do so by means of inspiring chapters supported by the personal experiences of leading experts." - GM Peter Heine Nielsen, Skakbladet

The Stonewall Dutch is a traditional favourite amongst club players, as it offers Black ready-made attacking plans on the kingside. As Grandmaster Bent Larsen has noted, the Dutch also has the tendency to 'bring out the coward' in opponents, giving it an added practical sting.

However, up until the late 1980s, the Stonewall wasn't fully trusted at grandmaster level, despite its earlier use by Alekhine and Botvinnik. Black's attacking plans were too one-sided, and White's methods too well worked out. The change came when a new generation of players, including Nigel Short and Simen Agdestein, showed that Black could handle his position in many other ways, including play on the queenside and in the centre, with the 'Stonewall' structure stifling White's attempts to generate play of his own. Agdestein in particular has continued to experiment with many new set-ups and move-orders for Black, and this book contains a wealth of new recommendations and suggestions based on this work.

"This book is incredibly well-written and it makes the theory of this opening extremely accessible. The authors are honest and objective in their appraisal of the individual lines, which makes the book a perfect tool for the study of this fascinating opening. If you have not already bought this book, it is time to do so now. For those who need a new weapon against 1 d4, this book makes an excellent case for it to be the Stonewall Dutch." - Carsten Hansen,

The authors are all from Norway. Sverre Johnsen is an enthusiastic chess analyst, researcher, organizer and writer, and co-author of Win with the London System, one of the most popular openings books of recent years. Ivar Bern is a Correspondence World Champion and an International Master over-the-board. Grandmaster Simen Agdestein was for many years Norway's leading player, and also achieved fame for combining his chess activities with a career as a top-level professional footballer.

"I expect copious, reliable analysis with any opening book from Gambit, but Win with the Stonewall Dutch won me over with its flowing, enjoyable prose, its detailed descriptions of the plans for both sides, its historic discussions, its simple but logical layout which makes it easy to find anything and everything, and its lesson overviews and summaries, which make sure you understand the ideas it's trying to impart. As a repertoire book, [it] doesn't let you down since it also explores lines where White avoids 2.c4, lines where White doesn't fianchetto his light-squared Bishop, key sidelines like 2.Nc3 and 2.Bg5, and the Staunton Gambit and other odd 2nd moves. ... this is a must buy for fans of the Stonewall" - IM Jeremy Silman,

"The exercises are very difficult and require you to do some research of your own. I think that this is a strength of this book as it takes you through what you need to do to get on top of any opening. I found this book particularly instructive on how to study openings in general. Not an easy book to study, but rewarding." - Paul Dunn, Australasian Chess


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HASH(0x9be7e7bc) von 5 Sternen well thought out 10. August 2009
Von C. Amari - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Having had it shipped from the UK to the US prior to the book's release here, and having spent a few concentrated days with it, my impressions are very favorable indeed. The content is sound. The helpful textual commentary is consistant throughout. The organization, both with respect to the layout of each chapter as well as the efforts to harmonize what was a joint project by three contributors, is strong.

The book feels just the opposite of the typical opening manual rush-job -- the countless examples where it seems that the author has gathered just about enough theoretical content to merit a book length treatment but then rushes to the finish line with little consideration given to the best manner to present the material. (Why should chess books be different than other nonfiction writing where the writing process is MOSTLY about the steps that come after the author is in possession of the factual content?)

Sometimes I think that all opening books would be better, more useful, and certainly more slender, if all the theoretical analysis after about move 14 or 15 was omitted. At that point the authors could review the trajectory of the game to that point, give an evaluation of the resulting position, offer recommended general plans and, if necessary, warnings about potential vulnerabilities. For 99% of chess players, particularly with respect to less than routine openings such as the Stonewall Dutch, any attempt by authors to add to theory after 15 moves - let alone moves will beyond move 20 - is solely an academic exercise.

Notwithstanding this view, I also appreciate that opening books like this one that follow the entire course of representative games are useful even if much of the analysis beyond some early point in the game has little to do with the principal objective. To some degree, Win with the Stonewall Dutch provides the best of both worlds by providing a more limited "Theory" review at the end of each chapter.

One of the great strengths of this book, I think, is the chapters in the middle of the book on the less critical lines where White does not play g3 and Bg2. These chapters have at least equal practical application for most players and the lines covered therein can objectively be OK for White. Indeed much of the theory results in a slight edge for White (although nothing special). The fact that the top 20 players in the world may be less likely to enter these lines (although Karpov often did) makes little difference to mere mortals.

The practical perspective adopted in those chapters on the non-g3 lines is perhaps lacking in the Staunton Gambit coverage. I am not sure I am fully satisfied with the general advise to go headlong into the tactical main lines of the Staunton Gambit (and related 2.g4 lines). From a practical club player's view, if you do not as White face the Dutch often, you can always play 2. e4 (or 2. g4), in which case you then need to know nothing else. Black on the other hand, needs to know the entirety of the content of the subject book. Hence White is quite likely to have the upper hand in theoretical knowledge and experience. Maybe that's just life - the benefit of the White pieces that can't be denied - but it would be nice if Win with the Stonewall offered some basic continuation for Black that de-fanged the gambit and took White out of book, or at least took White out of the wide open style game he seeks. This would be useful even if, from a theoretical perspective, Black is not doing his absolute best to press for an immediate edge. While such an approach would be less useful for someone like co-author Bern, a corespondence specialist, it would certainly come in handy for most readers.

As an aside, one of the authors of this book has a blog that, in part, attempts to create a useful forum for readers of the book to interact with said author. The author suggests that Gambit Publications Ltd has a policy of not permitting him (or anyone else) to place on the web non-annotated PGN files of the book's exemplar games. In other words, this publisher is claiming intellectual property rights over the games of others merely because the authors included the games in their book. Said coauthor also suggests that this questionable and customer-unfriendly assertion of rights is enforced by threat of legal action. Potential consumers of Gambit Publications Ltd should be aware of this remarkable inconvenience.
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HASH(0x9c242128) von 5 Sternen Perfect in Every Way 21. Dezember 2009
Von top opening reviewer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Wow! Where do I begin?

First lets start with the book. Basically this book fills a massive gap in chess literature. There hasn't been a book written about the "stonewall" dutch in about 5 or 6 years. The last book written was by Everyman Chess back in '03 or '04. For the book itself...let's just say the it is incredible. It is written with incredible explanatory prose while not to mention the beautiful way this book is organized makes lookibg up a line a breez.

Another plus about this book is that it is a "one stop shop" opening for 1. d4, 1. c4, and 1. Nf3. Meaning that it can be play against those white moves without hinderance. Let me share the following personal story with you:

Before this, I was a die hard Benko Gambiteer (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5). But I always feared 1.d4. Why? Because white has 1. d4 deviations such has the colle, london system, torre attack, catalan, and the dreaded trompowsky. So typically a 1. d4 player usually follows up with 2. c4 right? Well that's only true sometimes. Whever one of these deviations presented itself, I got bored, uninterested, and usually lost. I snickered at them for playing "scared chess." Why wouldn't they let me unleash my Benko Gambit? Then one day I stumbled upon this book and immediately say that this can be played against and 1. d4 set-up unhindered! And after diving into the fresh, original analysis of this book, I instantly became addicted. I didn't want to let go of my precious Benko, but I was just flat out tired of my opponent avoiding it ALL the time, in fact, very few players actually accepted the gambit and played main lines. Most of the time, they would either defend the pawn, or avoid it all together with 2. Nf3! This can also be said for the Nimzo, Grunfeld, Kings indian, ect... via a torre, london, or any system mentioned above. But theres no avoiding the stonewall, and the authors so you exactly what to do against them.

So who plays the stonewall? None other then former world champion Vladimir Kramnik. In fact, in an article he wrote: "the Stonewall is one of only a few openings where Black achieves an advantage in space... The main idea of Black's strategy is to limit the range of the g2-Bishop. In my opinion it is barely stronger than the c8-Bishop." Kramnik then goes on to say that he feels that Black's position is easier to play than White's and that it is an excellent choice against attacking players as White cannot deliver mate and the strategic options for the opponent are considerable.

All in all, this book can heartily be recommended.
Please rate accordingly if this review was helpful.

P.S. If you are a little unsure about what this book contains let me give you the table of contents.

Lesson 1 7.b3: Introduction

'Lesson 2 The Critical 7.b3 Qe7 8.Ne5! '

'Lesson 3 7.Qc2, 7.Nc3 and Rare 7th Moves '

'Lesson 4 7.Bf4 '

'Lesson 5 Lines with a Delayed Bf4 '

'Lesson 6 Early Deviations

'Lesson 7 4.c4 with Nh3 '

'Lesson 8 2.c4: Non-Fianchetto Lines '

'Lesson 9 2.Nf3: Non-Fianchetto Lines '

'Lesson 10 2.Nc3 and 2 Bg5 '

'Lesson 11 The Staunton Gambit and and Rare 2nd Moves '

'Lesson 12 1.c4, 1.Nf3 and 1.g3

You can also go to the publisher's website [...] and download a free sample of the book!
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HASH(0x9be654b0) von 5 Sternen Outstanding Piece of Work 28. August 2009
Von M. Ararat - Veröffentlicht auf
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First, I do not how the authors packed so much content in 221 pages!.
I agree with the previous reviewer, this is not a rush work.


1.Games are current are relevant.

2.Ok it is an opening book, but the authors usually pointed out when a middlegame or endgame position deserves study, such as the rook endgame in Polgar- Romero Madrid 1992 Page 153. (so you get some extra bang for your buck!)

3.The best move order to reach the Stonewall is provided 1.d4 e6, even if you do not play the French the author provide an interesting suggestion on how to handle a transposition to this opening after 1.d4 e6 2.e6. (well you can transpose to a Sicilian e6 too!).

4.The author are honest about the limits of the opening, for example, in chapter 12 they pointed out that playing the Stonewall against anything may be the wrong approach: "The secret lies in your attitude; flexibility should be met with flexibily".

5. The book is plenty of exercises to reinforce learning ( I really like this feature).

6.I like the balance between variations and explanations. The reader is not confronted with long irrelevant variations, just the rigth amount to understand the ideas.

7.This book has the traditional Gambit Quality,it is a pleasure to read.

7.The book give you the ideas to play the opening according to your taste: solid or dynamic, to neutralize or to engage your opponent.


This is not a "real" problem, please read chapter 12 after chapter 1 . Why? because it has a very important point : In order to play this opening you need to keep your attitude flexible,and also because in this chapter the authors explain a lot about move orders.

In summary, get this book even if the Stonewall is not your first choice against d4, you will not regret it!.
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HASH(0x9d99fdc8) von 5 Sternen The Best Book Ever Written on the Stonewall Dutch 2. Juli 2012
Von Patrick J. McCartney - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
There is not a better book out there on the Stonewall Dutch. That said, I think this book is best for those that have at least some very basic knowledge of the Stonewall Dutch. I see only 2 negatives about this book:

1) There is an exercise in each chapter between the Complete Games and the Theory Section. The Exercises for Chapters 9, 10, and 11 would best be asked after the Theory, not before.

2) Many of the general principles of the Stonewall are scattered about the book. I think it would have been better to put it all in one place. This is the one and only spot where Aagaard's book on the Stonewall Dutch by Everyman beats this book. These general principles include:

A) Don't ever play ...d5 if White can still play Bf4 and Bd3 (i.e. 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3)

B) Truly understanding why White should play an early g3. The reason for this is, Black shouldn't be entering the game pre-meditating a Stonewall Dutch. After 1...f5, 2...Nf6, and 3...e6, with all those pawns on Light Squares, Black would be best off if he can play 4...b6 and 5...Bb7, and there inlies the reason for Fianchettoing the Kingside for White. The 4...d5 move is now played because Black can't do what he truly wants to do, fianchetto the Light-Squared Bishop.

C) Remain flexible with what to do about that light-squared bishop.

D) Make White struggle at all cost to trade off dark-squared bishops. Don't allow Bf4 unless ...Bxf4 forces structural damage (like gxf4, doubling pawns and isolating the h-pawn). After a move like b3, play ...Qe7 to force White to do more preparation (i.e. Bb2, Qc1, and only then Ba3) to get in that Ba3 move to trade off Bishops.

However, now all the positives:

1) This book goes very deep into the analysis, and is exactly what you need after knowing the basics of the Stonewall Dutch.

2) This book goes beyond the basics in explaining what to do about move order when it comes to an early c4, holding off on committing the Knight. Only in this book have I seen the idea of playing ...c6 BEFORE ...d5. It also explains that c6 should only be played after c4, as then if White forgoes the c4 push, and tries for an early Bf4, Black in a way can allow White to take on d6 as he'll recapture with the pawn, and e5 is no longer a big gaping hole that White can dominate with the Dark-Squared Bishops gone. So after 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6, if 4.c4, the author recommends 4...c6, waiting to see what White does. If 5.Nh3, you switch gears to a Classical setup. If 5.Nf3, you go 5...d5 into a Stonewall. He also explains what to do if White continues to hold up with a move like 5.Qc2 or 5.Nc3.

3) The format is spectacular. It's the only book I've seen that gives the Complete games first, to wet your appetite, and then the theoretical section to re-inforce what you already analyzed.

4) The exercises outside of Chapters 9 thru 11 (see above) are of various format. A couple of chapters have 1 to 3 basic problems, not too taxing on the brain. Others have you annotate games, search for Stonewall Dutch supporters, annotate their Stonewall games, etc. Much more useful than just problems. When you look at a problem, clearly the problem is going to be at a point in the game where you know the player to move has something, and you must figure it out. Annotating a game requires more. When you annotate a game, you don't know for a fact that the critical juncture where say, Black has a killer move, is move 23. You have to find that spot yourself. In the form of a problem, they'd just give you the position after White's 23rd move, and say "Black to Move and Win".

First Time Reader of the Stonewall Dutch? Get Starting Out: The Dutch or Aagaard's book on the Stonewall Dutch and just read the 50 or so page introduction. Once you've read one or the other, or if you are a seasoned Stonewall player, get this book! It truly is the best out there for those that want to seriously make the Stonewall Dutch one of their main weapons against 1.d4.
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HASH(0x9e789444) von 5 Sternen Enjoyable and Informative 25. Juni 2010
Von RS - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a great openings book in terms of its organization of materials and its coverage of the Stonewall Dutch.

I'd be hard pressed to point to a more thoughtfully organized opening manual. After the Forward and Introduction, each chapter begins with an overview of key moves, followed by a presentation of themes and ideas via complete games, and then concludes with an exercise (to push thinking and reinforce knowledge) and theoretical analysis of moves and lines. Via this approach, the authors do a very good job of shedding light on the value and the real chances for counterplay in the black side of the Stonewall Dutch. The relationship of ideas and recommendations between the various chapters also proves transparent.

The authors also use a running Q&A rhetorical device. While I find less value in this particular component, it is not without merit and may well appeal to other players/readers. Regardless, the book's prose explanation of Stonewall concepts is consistently clear and accessible.

If you have any interest in understanding the Stonewall Dutch, then this is the book for you. The book will also have value for those interested in hanging pawn structures, Colle-Zukertort structures, and Stonewall Attack structures. A good argument could also be made for this book's value in helping the player/reader better understand the fight over squares and the struggle to achieve the more active minor pieces.
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