The Leningrad Dutch 路 Chess Openings

The Leningrad Dutch is a very complex, double edged, but fighting and aggressive opening black could employ to win games! You don’t play it for a draw!

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The Dutch Defense is a very powerful weapon to add to your repertoire. It鈥檚 an opening system rather than an opening with an exact move order, and it can be reached via many different moves, and played against many different openings white chooses.

It can be employed against the Reti, English, and even Nimzo-Larsen, but the main line Dutch is played against d4.

The idea behind the Dutch is to challenge the center straight away by playing f5, thus taking control of the e4 square, and making it very hard for white to expand in the center. The downside of the move f5 is that it weakens the black king in more ways than one. It weakens the seventh rank, and both diagonals looking at f7.

Both sides have plenty of options at their disposal after the starting moves 1.d4 f5. White could choose to enter the main lines, but he could also play the London system (with Bf4), the Raphael variation (with Nc3), the aggressive Staunton Gambit (with e4, giving up a pawn), or the Hopton attack (Bg5). The normal way for white to play, though, is with c4, g3 and Bg3.

Against these main setups for white black can choose between three different systems withing the Dutch defense; the Leningrad Dutch, the Classical Dutch, and the Stonewall Dutch.

The Leningrad Dutch is a combination of the King’s Indian and the Dutch. Black plays a KID setup with the pawn already on f5, which means all kingside attacks are quicker, and the f pawn is already where it belongs.
The goal is often to get a favorable KID. The downsides of moving the f and g pawns are apparent too, and a single mistake could mean defeat.
The Leningrad Dutch is very theory heavy and it will require both theoretical knowledge and the understanding of plans. I hoped this video helps with both!



  1. Thank you very much. Recently I have stopped playing d5 against d4; instead started playing Dutch as Black.

  2. Hi Stjepan,
    I watched your videos and started playing the dutch because of you 馃槈 Very funny opening!
    I love your channel and this is supposed to be feedback, not mockery:
    9:54 you show how Bg6 is mate in one.
    10:01 you missed Bg6#, taking the rook and "winning material" instead of the game 馃槈

  3. 28:36 that's a check but not the end. You can still hold to the end game

  4. "So white is offering a pawn… Excuse me sorry white is offering to ruin your position"

  5. What鈥檚 the mentioned book about tactics?

  6. suddenly i dont want to play leningrad dutch anymore.

  7. Which dutch is the best in yours opinion?

  8. 0:45 you broke my brain when you put that arrow down. ;-;

  9. i can't find the gambit you're talking about at 11:30. How do you spell it?

  10. "Excuse me, he's not offering a pawn. He's offering to ruin your position." I'm dead lmao.

  11. Amazing video, I can tell you put a lot of effort into these. Much appreciated!

  12. You didn't lie when you said this would be a lot to digest

  13. Excellent tutorial: explanations are clear with a natural progressions through important variations. Thank you!

  14. I love this video, I鈥檒l have to study it closer

  15. This Is awesome. The "Leningrad" Is great

  16. At 10:02, after Black takes with the Rook, 7 Bg6 is also mate. No need to play BxR followed by Qh5 mate.

  17. Great video. Very instructive. Is there a way to get the notation for these main lines and side lines too?

  18. the best at the end "sorry for too much theory" .. this will help to understand at least 1% of Leningrad Dutch 馃槈 . But very good video, watched it 5x time at least

  19. I realized I've been playing the dutch like a chimp after watching your videos. Thank you so much for this!

  20. You explained the same things again from the introductory video in the start! You waste a lot of time

  21. Good video, but if I may suggest, have a glass of water or cup of tea with you when you do these videos. 馃槈

  22. Awesome! This is the best explanation of the Leningrad I've found for free.

  23. 52:40 After Rb8 I think that actually white is winning with the possibility of Bh6

  24. Wow. You're the man! These videos are so pithy with theory and it's so well laid out and explained! Thank you for making them!!

  25. Greating video, I often use the Modern Defense against d4 to transpose into the Leningrad dutch (I play the modern defense against e4 and kings indian against the London). This usually guarantees a Leningrad Dutch

  26. struggling to find an aggressive defense to d4 that I can guarantee every game (like the Alekhine for e4). There is too much BS that comes along with the Dutch

  27. This is one of the best videos I鈥檝e seen鈥ig picture theory, mainlines, sidelines, counter openings and gambits. Very comprehensive.

  28. 13:23 When do I fianchetto my bishop? Is it after playing e5 or immediately?

  29. 0:00 Leningrad setup
    4:38 Comparing King's Indian and Leningrad Dutch
    6:53 Overview of white sidelines (Staunton, Krejcik, Raphael, Hopton)
    7:36 Dutch vs 1. Nf3
    8:19 Lisitsyn Gambit (2. e4)
    10:23 Refuting the Lisitsyn Gambit
    11:33 2. d3
    12:53 Dutch without g3
    13:41 Overview of black after 7. Nc3
    13:58 ..c6 (Warsaw Variation)
    14:32 ..Qe8
    15:25 Overview of other possibilities
    16:49 Theory after 7. ..Qe8
    17:18 8. Re1
    22:21 8. e4
    26:11 8. Qb3 Na6
    27:32 8. Na5
    30:12 8. b3
    32:39 Queen sac for bishop & rook
    33:37 Main Line: 7. Nc3 Qe8 8. d5 Na6
    34:03 9. Rb1
    35:19 9. Bb3
    36:19 9. Nd4 (main move)
    37:47 Warsaw Variation: 7. Nc3 c6
    38:14 8. b4
    39:23 8. Qb3
    40:19 8. Re1
    41:11 8. Qc2
    42:00 8. Rb1
    43:02 8. b3
    43:55 8. d5 (main move)
    45:43 Matulovi膰 Variation: 7. Nc3 Nc6
    45:51 8. d5 Ne5
    46:16 8. d5 Na5
    46:20 9. Qa4
    46:32 9. Nd2
    47:07 9. Qd3 (main move)
    48:40 Sideline: 7. Nc3 e6
    49:32 "Anti-Leningrad": 7. Nc3 Na6
    50:42 Without c4
    51:59 7. Re1 Nc6 (main theory)
    53:23 7. Re1 Nh5

    Have fun 馃檪

  30. I love your passion brother! Great job new sub!

  31. Can you pleaseeeeee do videos on positions when the opponent doesn鈥檛 fianchetto the light square bishop?

  32. I鈥榲e been desperately trying to improve my Black repertoire against 1.d4, which, for quite some time now, was the biggest 鈥瀐ole鈥 in my repertoire. Not that I鈥榲e been aimless against 1.d4, I鈥檝e just never been satisfied with the positions I get or I just lacked more varied options, especially considering testing attacking positions. I鈥榲e studied the KID, the Modern Benoni, and the Benko Gambit, but I鈥榲e never felt quite at home up until I discovered the Leningrad Dutch. It quenches my thirst for dangerous, double-edged attacking positions while being sort of unique and very interesting. Not to mention that, unlike the aggressive Benoni setups and the King鈥榮 Indian, Black DOESN鈥楾 compromise his position by conceding tons of space (a very broad centre in the KID and d5 in the Benoni). Sure, the Staunton and Lisitsyn are incredibly testing weapons at White鈥榮 disposal, but I literally don鈥榯 care 馃檪
    Thank you for helping me improve as a player, from 1200 when I started watching you a couple months ago all the way to 1700 馃挭

  33. At 39:57…how does Ng5 prevent b4 temporarily? The queen still defends whites knight? Or am I missing something?

  34. Isn't a two fianchetto Lenningrad duch really a hippo by a more inconvenient move order?

  35. This took me days of studying to learn and I missed a few lines and at the end he says "at least one percent of the leningrad dutch" oh my lord.

  36. Incredibly helpful vid. You went at a perfect pace with great detail

  37. I learned the Dutch from this video last week, as i usually play Englund Gambit. Round 1 of high school state I, 1350, got paired against the kid who won state last year, 2200, he played d4 and I played my firest ever Dutch and attacked him, won a piece, and didn't blunder the endgame :). Thanks for this. Placed tied for 4th in the state :).

  38. How nobody realises 12:25 is a reversed Kings Gambit (not really but kinda)

  39. Is it wrong to like all the theory. To me it seems better than having to calculate so much.

  40. I know im late but can you make a video about the Rubenstein dutch?

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