Eliza's chess game adventures
Your opponent played really well. These things happen :)This anti-Stonewall system looks tough to play against. White has a solid, safe position and a clear plan - minority attack on the queenside.(As an aside be prepared to play against the dangerous gambit 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5)There is a dubious side to the Stonewall Dutch. Of course maybe that could be said about any defense. For a risky defense like the Dutch it's critical to play accurately. In this game, put your bishop on e6 before playing Nd7. That way you don't have to retreat with Nf8 to develop it. On the queenside, slow down the minority attack with 12.Rab1 a5 and after a3->b4 trade rook pawns and stop it altogether by playing b5 yourself. You're looking to place a knight on c4.
Thank you Bruce! You always give great feedback.I will definitely look into that Gambit.