Beginner Chess Openings – ⚔️ The Stonewall Attack (Part 2) – Zukertort System

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In part 2 of this 4 part series on the best chess openings for beginners, FM Will Stewart reviews a few Black set-ups that could cause problems for White. The first segment of the video covers a very aggressive Black move order with a rapid d5, c5, and Nc6 – tending to result in a Reversed Queen Gambit type position.

Will recommends that White does not stubbornly continue with the Stonewall Attack against this set-up, but rather adapts the plan towards grabbing the c5 pawn and trying to hold on to it.

Variations covered begin with 1. d4 d5 2. e3 c5, where the recommended reply is 3. c3. Next, you’ll learn how to respond to a couple of Black responses, namely 3…cxd4 which transposes into an exchange Caro-Kann, and 3…Nc6.

In the second half of this video, Will goes over the King’s Indian Defense and how White should adapt to this scheme for the Black pieces. The King’s Indian Defense is quite a popular chess opening – it was often played by Bobby Fischer, for example – and you may come across it regularly, so it’s good to know what the plan is here.

After 1. d4 Nf6, it is simply unreasonable to play the Stonewall Attack against the King’s Indian, as Black will inevitably achieve the e5 break and a very comfortable position in the center of the board. Moreover, the kingside fianchetto in this opening is extremely difficult to attack head-on – thus White needs to change plans with an open mind against the King’s Indian Defense.

Will’s recommendation is to play the Blackburne-Zukertort Opening, which involves a similar pawn structure with the inclusion of a queenside fianchetto to combat the long a1-h8 diagonal.

It’s a reliable chess opening for White players who want to go for a win!

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50 Comments

  1. thanks for the video.
    After 1. d4 d5 2. e3 c5 3.c3 Nc6 4.dxc5 e5 5. b4
    Why would Black respond with 5. … a5 ?

  2. oh, I guess because of the chance of recapturing an extra pawn on b4 with the knight ?

  3. Thanks, and please make more videos for beginners!

  4. Thanks for the video. Can you put subtitles to the video please? I say that because is a little harder understand some parts of the video for people that don't speak english like their mother language (like me).

  5. @fenixpoot Tengo el mismo video en español, disponible aqui youtube.com/watch?v=mXqIM14a854

  6. love this system…but i am running into 3…c4…which i assume rules out stonewall altogether correct? is 4.b3 an option?

  7. this channel is really good for learners – especially kids. And I checked out your website too… and it was excellent because if there was anything we couldn't understand, by logging onto the website helps us clarify out problems. And all I could say is – teacher – keep up the good work you have done so far because stuff like this would be what everyone expects!!!

  8. Doesn anybody play stonewall on higher level?

  9. This is a great series.This is my second video.Can't wait to complete it

  10. This is great! I'm 2 parts through now… but as a closing – how to beat the KID (and yes Will I'd love some critical analysis lol!!) is shown here in an otb win last week – htp:/ww.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/game-no7-for-the-second-team—1d4-strikes-back

  11. what if black castles queens side? stone wall seems very weak if black doesn't castle king side….

  12. Interesting idea – if black goes queenside, i would just try to capitalize on the extra space and attack in the center

  13. I appreciate u showing me the zukertort against the KID I think it's gonna help a lot

  14. hmm interesting idea falco, but i think it is much more effective to narrow the focus to one opening per video as just checking out the first 5 moves isn't going to give a meaningful lesson. Cheers! Will

  15. What is that name of defense of black? Anyone? It seems good.

  16. in the 2nd part of the video with the kingside fianchetto for black, it is the King's Indian Defense – it is a good opening!

  17. Welcome to chess buddy!! Just kidding. It just looks like that at the beginning, keep at it and soon you will get the gist of it.

  18. om b6 a 3:30 best move is to give back the pawn not to hold on it just play a4! and after bxc b5!

  19. SIr, i watched the whole series, m a beginner and i used to play the kp-3 opening used by Fisher. now i have tried using the stonewall which seemed solid at the beginning but then u have not showed a sideline in which black's knight takes e4 position very early.
    the opening I wana refer to goes like
    1. d4 – d5
    2.e3 – knight f6
    3. bishop d3 – knight e4
    4. knight d2 – knight c6
    5. pawn f4 – knight b4
    this is quite troublesome for the white.

  20. well there you could take the knight on e4 and win a pawn, but in general lines where black plays ..Nc6-Nb4 to chase white´s light-squared bishop, you can just recapture after ..Nxd3 with cxd3 and you have a mass of pawn control in the center and the half-open c-file for your rook.

  21. Excellent video and explanation. The stonewall attack is an amazing opening and has really helped me become a better chess player. Thanks a lot.

  22. Years ago I played this opening a lot with very good results. Your explanation makes me wonder if I should try it again, against stronger opponents.

  23. Opening theme Extremely loud… voice extremely low…

  24. As a former street chess player, I always ended up just throwing a defense together and waiting for the enemy to move on the attack first. Tomorrow, my team (All play the same way I used to) will be going up against an "elite" team so to speak. These videos are definitely going to help us out so we don't go into games blind and get Fool's Mate immediately. 

  25. thanks for the video. can you offer a suggestion if the stonewall opening progresses and black castles king side but then subsequently moves pawn to h6? im stuck. thanks.

  26. Can Will Stewart do some opening videos on the King's Indian….plz

  27. Thanks for this lesson. I believe it's called "Colle-Zukertort", not Blackburne-Zukertort. By the way Zukertort means "sugar pie".

  28. Hey Stewart, I am 1500/1600plus on chess.com. I learn alone, not even a chess club to go to lol. I am looking to specialise in two openings for white as a good all round answer to most black openings. I started off playing the Roy Lopez but I found their was far far too much theory for my beginner mind to appreciate and apply. Ive learnt a few for white but dont seem to be in love with any, however, watched the first video to this series and won shed loads of games on the trot. Can I seriously take the stonewall muc much higher and still hold my own on the higher raanks, or, are their too many inherent flaws? As for black I tend to fall comfortably in to the benoni or Sheveningen quite naturally and really looking to expand on these two openings. Can you advise me please? Kind Regars, Philip. Now, time to watch this one.

  29. Hey Stewart, black played d5 then e5 to e4and I played f4 hopeing for en pasante (however yyou spell it). He had the initiative, I really struggled, gave em a good game with chances to win, he plaed really and he won.Point is, what do I ddo against whhat Ive just described? Thanks Stewart and dno't worry I WON'T harrass you every day I am just doing and learning your vids in sequence. Nothing worse than a hounder lol. Thanks. Now, time for this one.

  30. two mins in and my question was answered, lol, never mind.

  31. for white king side casteling is best or queen side

  32. Black with g6, don't play knight to quick to d2 and so to keep e4 possible

  33. Against the K.I.D, White can indeed play Black's line against the K.I.A with a move to the good, since he's White, which is basically what you're recommending here. But with an early 2…c5, 3. Nf3 is best and just go in for a Q.G.D with a move up. Black can't play a move like 3…c4 to hinder your Bishop moving to 'd3', because he runs into the standard pawn moves of "b3 and a4" and his whole set up falls apart. If he plays 'd5' followed by a King-side Fianchetto, it's a Catalan Reversed. White's Options are Open Catalan or Closed Catalan, a move up. The Stonewall's major problems are: 1) Early light-squared Bishop moves by Black 2) The line 1. d4, d5 2. e3, Nf6 3. Bd3, Nc6!? threatening to remove the attacking Bishop and play …e5. You can stop one, but not the other. It's probably best to play "f4" and stop "…e5", and have a strong center after the Knight for Bishop trade.

  34. I love this❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😀😀🤩🤩😄😄

  35. Will, is there any other SYSTEMIC opening that, like the SW, you can play in black and white with a definitive attack plan from opening to checkmate?

  36. I am far above beginner level but I have always had trouble playing my favorite Stonewall against the King's Indian. I have been playing the SW for about 30 years( yes 30 years!!) and now I finally know what to do against the KI. Thank you so much!!! I am liking and subscribing! Thanks again!!

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