Strategy in the Stonewall

The solution to last Monday’s difficult problem is that Black plays 1… Bc8. This aims to get the Bishop on the long diagonal. After 2. Rcd1 f5! 3. Rhe1 Bd7! , White’s pawns start to fall.

In this week’s problem, you are White against the Stonewall Dutch. Your task is to get a small, but lasting edge. What do you play?

There are no flashy moves here. Instead, we have an example of trying to relieve our opponent of his best pieces.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.