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Play the Classical Dutch: An Aggressive Repertoire Explained by One of Its Leading Young Exponents Paperback – 18 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd; 1st Edition edition (18 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901983889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901983883
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 16.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gambit Publications specializes in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

About the Author

Simon Williams is a young international master from England who has gained a reputation for playing daring attacking chess. He has represented England in World and European Championships in various age groups, and has been a 'regular' in the British Championship since his early teens.

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Simon williams one of the gurus in this line- - Bent Larsen used to beat a lot of players with it- i will call the opening a psykological opening - you relax as white and dont expekt anything ( maybe you dont know it as white) , then sudddentlig - Black has a kingside attack - i have used it for the past 5 year and stil learning new tricks-- Simon Says he used it for 20 yeara and he beat Boris Gelfand with it. - hmmm an opening you can only learn by playing it . -
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Play the Classical Dutch Delivers 31 Mar. 2004
By igetair - Published on
This work by Simon Williams is one of the better opening manuals I've seen. The buyers of most opening books are class players who do not have either the time or the need to go through a book jammed packed with variation analysis trees. Williams seems to understand this, and while his book does of course have variation analysis, it is not very cumbersome and is quite easy to go through. Most importantly, in each variation, Williams often explains the key ideas and moves clearly. That said, if you ARE looking for a very detailed book full of analysis trees, this is not the book for you.
For the curious folk, here are the chapters of this book:
1. The Ilyin-Zhenevsky System with 7...a5
2. The Ilyin-Zhenevsky System with 7...Qe8
3. The Ilyin-Zhenevsky System with 7...Ne4!
4. Ilyin-Zhenevsky System: Deviations for White
5. Classical Dutch with ...Bb4(+): White Avoids Fianchettoing
6. Classical Dutch with ...Bb4(+): White Fianchettoes
7. Alekhine's Variation: 6...Ne4!?
8. The Staunton and Other Gambits after 1. d4 f5
9. Early Deviations for White after 1. d4 f5
10. White Avoids d4 - the English Set-Up
11. 1. Nf3 Without c4 or d4, Including the Lisitsyn Gambit
12. Other Lines
Followed by an index of variations
Basically, this book is a short but informative read at 128 pages, and it should leave you prepared to begin playing the Classical Dutch with confidence.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good work! 16 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
The author begins this book with a discussion of the strategic ideas associated with the Dutch defense then shows a mix of older games and more recent games. Each strategic idea is supported by several games with annotations discussing that key strategic idea. One nice aspect of this book is that Simon Williams shows what can happen when Black goes wrong - some from his own games.
The author discusses typical ideas that both sides are likely to want to execute in clear language: perhaps this is one of the benefits of the Dutch defense, it lends itself to clear strategic themes.
One draw back so far is that many of the games are abbreviated. While this is ok for me, I know some people like having complete games to review. This is not to say the author doesn't include full games, but they are fewer in number than other titles offer.
For folks that include the French in your opening repertoire this is an excellent book. The author shows numerous games beginning with 1...e6 to avoid anti-Dutch lines. For those that play the Nimzo Indian, you will recognize many of the themes discussed as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
But I want more 24 July 2008
By Goosemeyer - Published on
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This is a great book to learn the Classical Dutch from. Unlike most books, in which the "ideas over variations" theme is marketing dross, this book actually delivers a manageable number of concrete positional and tactical benchmarks for analyzing positions. Williams writes very clearly and his discussions are focussed and purposeful.

There are plenty of options to choose from, but not too much depth of lines in the analysis. You can treat this as a good or bad thing as you please - it was fine by me. So it is a "minimal" coverage of theory.

But the biggest oversight was the lack of guidance over which lines to choose and how to combine them in a cohesive way. It takes a fair bit of work to work out how to handle the early move orders (although the obvious divergences are handled well). So I dropped a point for this lack of guidance. Overall the book is very well written and rewards study.

And the Classical Dutch is a nice opening. It is widely applicable (against all but 1.e4, 1.g4, 1.Nc3), has a fairly routine development model, and only a few sharp lines to memorize after early deviations (eg. Staunton gambit) which aren't too bad.

Update: I wanted more and I got it. There is now a terrific DVD, The Killer Dutch, available from Simon's website which follows the book closely but adds alot of value and addresses the few issues I had with the book. This is one of the most instructive DVDs I have ever watched. Very highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book on the Dutch but buyer beware 7 Jun. 2013
By ALTO - Published on
This is the book for the Classical Dutch. Unfortunately it does not appear that it will be reprinted anytime soon. We can only hope that GM Williams does an update on this work so as to make this edition obsolete. The book is great but not worth the outrageous price that some unscrupulous folks are asking for it. GM Williams has an outstanding DVD called the Killer Dutch which is fantastic. It covers all of the material in the book and more but then again you could just pony up the $100 some are asking for it.........
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Play the Classical Dutch, a Great Book 1 July 2009
By Joshua Elander - Published on
This book is really great. I had been wondering what to play against 1.d4 for a while and was never satisfied with typical responses, however most non-typical responses are not sound or are harder to learn, etc. This book on the other hand, makes it easy to play the dutch well and explains the themes and concepts in concise and understandable ways. The Dutch is no longer a skeptical opening. By following the newly Grandmaster Simon Williams strategies and advice its easy to play the Dutch with success and at high levels. Also, even if you decide not to play the Dutch by studying it you find yourself spotting more mates and playing more aggressively which definitely improves your game. So overall this book is a great buy for chess players of all levels who want to improve their game and/or add this great opening to their black repertoire!

(On a side note I have found Gambit chess books to be very easy to understand and learn the concepts and play of the openings so for newer players who want to learn fast, look to Gambit books.)
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