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Old September 16th 16, 12:57 AM posted to rec.games.chess.misc
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If instead I keep my 1)...e6 I'm fairly happy with the French which I've only started playing in the last year. But I'm still somewhat skeptical of the Dutch, having almost always crushed it as white. So I'm still tinkering with what to do vs d4. The Lenningrad is ruled out via the 1)...e6 move order. And I like the idea of avoiding all the specialists in 2)Bg5 (my own preference when playing white), 2)Nc3, Staunton gambit, etc. So that leaves the Classical Dutch or the Stonewall. I'd always been leery of the later as so many pawn moves. But am now considering it as I'm not convinced by the Classical Dutch. Does anyone out there play it and what are your thoughts on it? The other option is what I'm currently playing: going into a Bogo-Indian or a Nimzo. I've always liked and respected the Nimzo, but there is a huge amount of theory to keep up with. Still the e6 move order at least rules out things like the Trompowsky (something I play now and then as white) and the BDG, amongst others. So there's something to be said for playing e6 and then transitioning to a standard Nimzo. However I've been trying the more Bogo style approach with a quick Bb5 versus 2)c4 to even further cut down on memorization. Despite the good advice in the Antic book I don't like the positions as much as those in the standard Nimzo, and am still debating the best fit. So the question is what do you think is best to combine with the French and a 1...e6 move order?
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