Stonewall Attack Beginner Chess Openings Series – Managing the Sidelines (Part 3)

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In part 3 of the Stonewall Attack Beginner Series, I review a few side variations by black and the best common plans for white. Starting with a common line involving an early …bf5, I recommend deviating from the Stonewall in favor of a simple continuation aimed at exploiting black’s weak pawn on b7 with a rapid c4 and Qb3. This will typically allow white to obtain a small advantage out of the opening as black does not have a comfortable way of defending this b7 pawn without incurring long-term weaknesses. White should play very actively on the queenside to make the most out of this slight opening advantage.

For the second half of the video, I check out an interesting idea for black to immediately exchange off white’s powerful light-squared bishop on d3 with 4. …Nb4 and 5. …Nxd3+. I recommend white to recapture with cxd3 to enhance control over the center, especially the critical e4 square. Next, white needs to play extremely actively to take advantage of black’s time-consuming knight maneuver in the early opening. Although white no longer has the light-squared bishop, he should continue with the normal attacking plan involving Ne5, Rf3, Rh3, Qf3, and g4. It is important to remember that white should not be thrown off track by this sideline, and should continue with the principled attacking plans in the Stonewall.

Learn more about the Stonewall Attack:

PGN:
[Frank Marshall vs Richard Teichmann]
[Vienna, 1908]
[Opening “Stonewall Attack”]

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 Nc6 4. f4 Nb4 5. Nf3 Nxd3+ 6. cxd3 e6 7. O-O Be7
8. Nc3 O-O 9. Bd2 b6 10. Ne5 Bb7 11. Rf3 c5 12. Rh3 Rc8 13. Qf3 a6 14. g4 g6
15. Rh6 Rc7 16. Ne2 Kg7 17. Qh3 Rh8 18. Bc3 c4 19. g5 Ng8 20. Nxf7 Kxf7 21.
Rxh7+ Rxh7 22. Qxh7+ Kf8 23. Qxg6 cxd3 24. Ng3 Bc8 25. Rf1 Qe8 26. Qxd3 Qb5
27. Qg6 Qe8 28. Qd3 Qb5 29. Qh7 Bd6 30. Qh8 Qd3 31. e4 dxe4 32. g6 e3 33. f5
e2 34. Nxe2 exf5 35. Nf4 Qe4 36. Qh4 Re7 37. Ng2 Qxh4 38. Nxh4 Re2 39. Nxf5
Bxh2+ 40. Kh1 Bb7+

Side Note: Even though white lost the above game, he achieved an excellent position and attack out of the opening.

38 Comments

  1. Thank you a lot! You're certainly among the best chess channels out here!

  2. @regime123 that's a good question. white has to immediately respond to …Nc6 with f4 to make sure black can't open the center with e5. later, i would recommend that white finishes as much development as possible – then to start the attack with ne5. the exchange doesn't necessarily hurt white's attacking chances – a lot of times it can strengthen them (ex. fxe5 will gain space and open up the F file for attack)

  3. @regime123 Thanks, that really means a lot. My channel will be much more focused on this kind of thing now. I'm planning on covering 20+ opens/gambits/tactics etc over the next 3-4 months.

  4. Quite literally the best chess video series I've yet seen on YouTube. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this channel to help get over my annoying lack of cohesion in the opening.

  5. I really enjoy your openings / beginner series. It reminds me a lot of Kevin from the chess website and his videos. Not sure how you feel about him…but you both are the best sites/videos on the web for newbs like me.
    Keep up the good work sir.

  6. Great video series. I'm wondering what the line would be if after black plays Bf5, white plays c4 and then black responds with Nf6. Once again, I'm very impressed with the video series and feel like it's made me a better player.

  7. @Kadabeats If …Bf5 takes Nb1 then white gets the bishop bair and can still attack black's weakened b7 pawn with Qb3 (which also puts a good deal of pressure on d5)

  8. 6:39 better move for black would be Bg4 with an annoying pin on the knight..

  9. i spit my drink when he said "you're negotiating with terrorists." brilliant!

  10. I'm not a beginner but I always watch your youtube videos Will, whatever the title – they always rock! Keep 'em coming! 🙂

  11. Great vids, Will. I always get into trouble when black plays an early Nf6-Ng4 with the light squared bishop protecting the knight because he hasn't played e6. The knight isn't really a threat, but it definitely stifles the king-side attack, and he can bring in pawns behind it. Any ideas? I feel like I should be able to punish him for moving the knight twice, but I can't figure out how.

  12. how about just pushing the knight back with a quick h3? also you can use this to set up a kingside attack later with g4. Cheers, Will

  13. thanks for the reply. yeah, that obviously makes sense. he loses a tempo at least. i was avoiding h3 because it interferes with the possible rook to h3 after the lift, but that rook is still scary on the f file since i usually end up trading that f pawn away regardless. thanks again for all the vids!

  14. not sure what you mean – the queen is already at b3 at 2:12? and if black captures dxc4 before that, then white can recapture with Bxc4 and essentially gets a free tempo for development

  15. Hi thank you for the videos, i'm actually a beginner who love that game. I'd like to know if white are still winning and how if black play knight g8 at the end of the video.

  16. looks like white is doing very well there

  17. Although I'm almost 1700 so not a beginner, it's seen by me quite often at the intermediate level tournament and club play… I never play this, but always beat it! QID beats the stonewall every game 🙂 Nice video I'm gonna see part 4

  18. i like when he says simply…yea maybe simply for u chess master…

  19. Thanks! I've actually made 4+ hour DVD on the Sicilian Najdorf, and published 5 promotional previews from this on YouTube for free – Cheers, Will

  20. what if the opponent doesn't castle? Then what do you do?

  21. Hi! tell me the minute , like 10.05 and i'll be able to answer your question in a better way. take care!

  22. Hi! if your opponent is not castling, try opening lines in the center therefore you'll be able to attack his King. GM Lemos

  23. what's a similar opening like the Stonewall playing black?

  24. keep up the good commentary William. you are helping a lot for beginners such as myself.

  25. at 1:54 what can white do if black simply plays c6, it seems like it shuts down the whole thing

  26. STONEWALL CHESS OPENING —PART 3— MANAGING THE SIDELINES
    http://youtu.be/0RndSBlFeIw

    In this video I review a few side variations by black and the best common plans for white. As we’ll continue to learn we’ll find more variations that certain sidelines require a new game plan.

    EARLY Bf5 = DEVIATE TO THIS NEW IDEA

    Starting with a common line involving an early …bf5, I recommend deviating from the Stonewall in favor of a simple continuation aimed at exploiting black’s weak pawn on b7 with a rapid c4 and Qb3. This will typically allow white to obtain a small advantage out of the opening as black does not have a comfortable way of defending this b7 pawn without incurring long-term weaknesses. White should play very actively on the queenside to make the most out of this slight opening advantage.

    Side Note: Even though white lost the above game, he achieved an excellent position and attack out of the opening.

    BISHOP COMPLICATIONS…

    For the second half of the video, I check out an interesting idea for black to immediately exchange off white’s powerful light-squared bishop on d3 with 4. …Nb4 and 5. …Nxd3+. I recommend white to recapture with cxd3 to enhance control over the center, especially the critical e4 square. Next, white needs to play extremely actively to take advantage of black’s time-consuming knight maneuver in the early opening. Although white no longer has the light-squared bishop, he should continue with the normal attacking plan involving Ne5, Rf3, Rh3, Qf3, and g4. It is important to remember that white should not be thrown off track by this sideline, and should continue with the principled attacking plans in the Stonewall.

  27. Very good opening explained beautifully

  28. I don´t get it. According to stockfish I´m -0,65 at 10:20. So it means white achieved nothing.

  29. At 1:54 when white plays Bb5+ black can just play c6…. What should white do then?

  30. Sir can u please tell in bf5 line after c4 what to de if black move in dxc4

  31. About the 2nd sideline of the video lesson at 5:06, what is so bad about
    c3? Does c3 lead to the white queen and the h1 rook being forked? or,
    does c3 make it hard for white to castle quickly? is it impossible for
    white to continue with the stonewall attack.

  32. Thanks agin for this very instructive series!

  33. I have been studying 1 e3 for tournament games for a while now. I love it as if e5 e4 is a reversed Kings pawn and I'm very happy, but if d5 I can utilize the stone wall. Sadly, two somewhat popular options are g6 and nf6. A weird idea I've had is if they don't put a pawn in the center play a birds opening and avoid the from.

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