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Christopher J. Falter
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Moskalenko, a strong GM and one-time Ukrainian champ, uses visual learning aids like no other author. Each new chapter, dedicated to some variation of the Dutch (anti-Dutch variants, the Stonewall with c6/d6/d6, the Leningrad with g6, the Classical with d6/d6 and Be7), begins with a thorough discussion of the key ideas for each side--pawn breaks, piece outposts, and attacking/defense themes. Moskalenko includes a diagram with each key idea, and provides a reference to the games in the chapter which illustrate the theme.
Moskalenko presents the meat of his analysis in the context of 55 GM games, of which he played Black in 23 and White in 6. The author's deep experience with the Dutch makes his analysis insightful and, as far as this club player can tell, accurate. Each game has copious diagrams and numerous textboxes with visual icons for weapons,j novelties, key themes, warnings, etc.
Finally, Moskalenko is a first-rate instructional author in every phase of the game. Although the bulk of his analysis focuses on the opening phase, he frequently stops at a key point in the late middlegame or endgame, provides a diagram, and asks, "What should white (or black) play here?" The result is always a surprising and instructive combination.
Not to be mistaken for a repertoire, this book presents interesting ideas and novelties for both players. The Dutch Defense is a bit out of fashion at the super-GM level, even though it scores roughly as well as any other defense to 1. d4. Nevertheless, Caruana, Nakamura, Kamsky, Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Svidler, and Bacrot have tried it occasionally in recent years. In fact, the Dutch Defense should probably be a lot more popular at the amateur level:
* You can learn pawn structures, pawn play, and the struggle between knights and bishops by playing the Stonewall variation.
* You can seek dynamic play with the Leningrad variation.
* You can get a little of each by playing the Classical variation.
* Since the Dutch is relatively out of fashion, you don't need a lot of experience with it to obtain as much familiarity with its typical structures and ideas as your opponent.
The only criticism I have is that Moskalenko occasionally does not explain simple tactics, so the book has the most value for players rated at least 1400. However, players with ratings down to 1000 can probably acquire enough knowledge to start playing the defense. In fact, I can't think of a better way to learn the Dutch Defense than Moskalenko's outstanding book.
The publisher provided a review copy of the book in return for my honest review.