The following games are only from the Introduction of Jacob Aagaard’s book Dutch Stonewall (Everyman ), which could have been a book all on its own. Dutch Stonewall by Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. By playing the Stonewall, Black stakes an immediate claim in the center and lays the and these are clearly elucidated by experienced author Jacob Aagaard.
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With Iacob Pedersen as the most outstanding exponent one can almost speak of a rising lodge of young Danish writers on openings during the later years. Inside this lodge you will find Carsten Hansen and with Jacob Aagaards third opening book he may also be counted as a new member of the lodge!
With one book each they will have to hang around for still a couple of books before applying for admission! Aagaards book on the Stonewall Dutch is the latest addition. With this book a gap in the enormous amount of literature on openings is filled out.
According to my knowledge there exists very few books on the topic. Especially the modern treatment with Bd6 aaagaard underexposed. There exists some good and thought provoking articles on the matter.
These articles seem to conclude that the Stonewall is often underestimated and perhaps mistakenly regarded as positionally suspect. Black has reliable alternative plans to the traditional kamikaze attack on the kingside at his disposal. At the moment Kramnik tries to prove the potential of the Berlin wall, however also concerning the Stonewall he has had a hand in it!
Noteworthy are his observations that the Stonewall often is easier to play from the black side and that Bg2 often is just as bad as Bc8. Aagaards dutvh goal is to avoid writing a book loaded with theory. On the contrary he wants to write an entertaining and instructive book. The book is structured into three parts.
The first is an introduction with history and explanation of strategical plans for both sides.
Part two consists of three chapters on the main variation after:. Chapter one concerns 7. Bf4 and chapter three alternatives on move seven for white. The third part of the book is called other stonewwall and contains three chapters. Chapter four covers the system with 5. Chapter five covers the so-called stonewalll Stonewalls. Chapter six covers systems where white omits fianchetting the kings bishop and plays an early e3. At the end of each chapter there is a brief summary and an overview of variations.
Dutch Stonewall Intro by Aagaard
Aagaard has the courage of his convictions and claims for jqcob that systems involving Nh3 poses the biggest threat to the Stonewall and that black faces no problems after 7.
Clearly black needs to play very precisely here, if he wants to avoid verifying the classical view that the Stonewall is positionally suspect. Generally speaking it is refreshing with so many independent views on the variations.
At times it seems a bit categorical – for instance on p. Ng4 is better than the natural Nf7 – tricks where white probably will do fine in blitz on ICC Another set up which we were a lot of Stonewall fans, who feared is the plan with Nc3, Qc2, Rb1 and a quick b4 advance. Danielsen won instructively against Karlsson in Hilleroed a game that does not appear in the book and later Schandorff won some nice games against a couple of his GM compatriots. Also in this variation great accuracy is demanded if black wants to keep the balance.
In the introduction you will find some considerations regarding moveorders p.
These considerations appear a bit random and a lot of questions remain unanswered. When the writer holds systems involving Nh3 as the crucial test of the Stonewall, it would be nice to know what he thinks about the moveorder 1.
Can white take advantage of the moveorder with Khenkins suggestion 5. Nf3 f5 avoids 2. Bg5, which is not everybodys cup of tea. What does Aagaard think of 3. These questions are peripheral to the main purpose of the book: To give a thorough explanation of what is going on in the main variation with Bd6 and Qe7. Chapter five primarily focuses on experimenting set ups involving Nc6 and Be7 among others popularized by Short, Karlsson and Spassky.
Like the other books in this series from Everyman the book is based on complete games 27 in the introduction and 77 in the theoretical section. Considering the relative importance of the introduction it is surprising that the games from this section does not appear in the index.
Especially because longterm strategical planning is more important compared to concrete variations it seems approriate and useful to bring complete games. The writer explains the different plans and strategical themes in a nice way compared to traditional openingbooks and also compared to his earlier books on the Panov- and the Svesnikovvariation.
All in all a great effort is put into fulfilling the ambition of being enjoyable reading. It is hard to tell whether the author consciously is trying to redefine the word introduction or he simply cannot stop explaining the history and themes of the book from the very beginning. The introduction lasts 50 pages, which in itself could suffice for a whole book!
This predilection for long introductions can also be traced in Aagaards earlier books. Actually I find both the historical and the strategical sections in the introduction very instructive.
There is plenty to learn from classical games by players like Botvinnik, Smyslov and Larsen. Thereby the reader is wellarmed before he reaches the theoretical section on page A diagram on the page with contents suggests that the book only treats set ups where white plays g3 and Nf3 and black plays c6.
This is somewhat misleading as chapter four, five and six fall outside this framework. Chapter six is useful for potential Stonewall players. It is nice to know how to handle positions, where white omits fianchetting the kings bishop.
Dutch Stonewall : Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard :
A few misprints are unlucky but not alltogether boring. Nielsen becomes Niesen p.
These are details in a book, which generally is very nice to read also when you speak of the layout and the appropriate amount of diagrams.
I like when it is possible to read chessbooks without necessarily activating the chessboard. Aagaard has produced an entertaining and instructive book on the Stonewall. His lack of practical experience in the field does not seem to restrict the quality of the book.
The theoretical conclusions are generally brave and well documented. The fact that the author pays great attention to avoid to many meaningless variations makes the book readable on all levels.
There is interesting material for the average player who wants to take up a new answer to 1. Luckily this is not another boring opening book, which is best suited as reference book. Besides a couple of good articles this book seems to fill out a gap in the literature on the Dutch. The Stonewall is covered well through a fine selection of complete games.
We are dealing with a rock solid wall irrespective of which order the bricks are placed! Part two consists of three chapters on the main variation after: I recommend this book on the modern treatment of the Stonewall for potential Stonewallplayers with both colours at all levels. There jacov both independent analysis and opinions of the critical set ups. The book is wellwritten jacbo at times also humorous.