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You can play the Stonewall defence with black as well, as quid suggested. You can start with a Dutch and get the familiar structure (just an example): [FEN ""] 1. d4 f5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5. Nf3 c6 Or you can play as you have shown and don't have to worry about dxc5 (it actually isn't such a good move): [FEN ""] 1. d4 c5 2. dxc5?! e6 3. Nc3 (3. b4?...


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I used to play such as white before I got educated... Well, it is not that bad and on the plus you don't need to learn much or any theory. There are two possible responses from black which I found quite unpleasant to play this against. If black does not play an early d5, he has the option for a King's Indian setup where you play d6 and e5. So black is ...


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The game 1/2‒1/2(40) Dietze, Sebastian (2129) – Lorenz, Mark (2250) / Regionalliga NW 0506 (7.1), Bayern 2006, gave me a hint on how to proceed: [FEN ""] 1. d4 f5 2. f4 Nf6 3. e3 b6 4. Nf3 Bb7 5. c3 e6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nbd2 d5 9. b3 Ne4 After ... f5 I believe its necessary to stop that pawn with 2 f4; ... Nf6 was the best continuation ...


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As a former Stonewall/Bird/Dutch player, I would suggest the anti-Dutch Bg5. This is annoying for black, and you solve the problem of your worst piece. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1029579 Transposing into a Colle is not good as the king side attack is blunted by the f5 pawn. The suggested method is to break with f3/e4 and saddle ...


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I think you underestimate the scope of opening theory and overestimate the efficiency of sticking to a few "pet lines". As already mentioned by bof, playing ..c5 against 1 d4 has little to nothing to do with the "Sicilian Defense". White very specifially has to continue with e4 in the second or third move (after 2 c3/Nf3) to transpose into the Sicilian. ...


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No opening approach is equally well suited to all responses. The Stonewall does often allow for an active king bishop, an active knight on e5, an open f-file, and the promise of a g-pawn advance against a castled King. On the other hand, it means a diminished role for the queen bishop and (if things don't work out according to plan) the queen knight, and ...


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Honestly, I'd put to use the study you've already done, and play the other side of the Stonewall with a move in hand. Have a look through your preparation to play the Stonewall Attack, and see what ideas from Black seem to be the soundest, seem to give you the move trouble, and play for those sorts of positions with the White pieces. If Your opponent ...


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I had people play this against me but instead of 4...f4? I play Nf6 and have done well. Maybe my opponents were not that good. Or maybe white really gained nothing with his bishop foray to KN5 so early.


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I'm a big believer that players below expert level should play system openings against 1. d4. They drastically reduce what you need to know to get a playable game. Bobby Fischer thought the same way and played the King's Indian but the problem is that opening has acquired a lot of theory since then. The Tarrasch Defense is very much a system opening. You can ...


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