Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik has won 3 team gold medals in Chess Olympiad. He is highly theoretical and dangerous when using 1. Nf3 as white.
He authored my favorite book “KRAMNIK, my life and games”.
The Dutch Defense is a cunning but solid defense. Especially the Leningrad and Stonewall variation. Many white setup has been successful in diverting positions in unusual way where black is not comfortable.
Dutch Defense: Zukertort Variation (A04) Chess Opening Classification
GM Vladimir Kramnik vs. GM Vladimir Malaniuk
(Event: 1994 Moscow, Russia – Round 9)
1: Nf3 f5 (The Dutch Defense)
2: g3 Nf6
3: Bg2 d6
4: d4 g6
5: 0-0 Bg7
The Dutch Defense is similar to King’s Indian Defense but the strategy is different as it fights for central control.
6. c4 0-0 (white plays solid setup – g3 line)
7. Nc3 Qe8 (black plans to push e5)
8. d5 Na6 (best square for the knight)
9. Rb1 Bd7 (the Rook at b1 supports b4 push)
10. b4 c5
11. Be3 f5
12. f3 f4 (white needs to defend accurately here)
13. dxc6 Bxc6
14. Qb3 Ne4 (black is not aware of white’s tactical plans)
15. Bb2 Nxc3
16: Bxc3 Bxc3
17: (GM Kramnik has already expected this position. What do you think his response? think 5 moves ahead. Do not guess.