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[Apr 10, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
February 2014 Revisited: Dutch Defense, Leningrad Variation with 7… c6 8. b4!?

After its heydays in the late 80’s, the Leningrad Dutch is back (if sparingly) among the elite: apart from the two high-profile clashes in 2014 (B. Gelfand – F. Caruana, Zürich 2014 and P. Lékó – R. Ponomariov, Dortmund 2014), several world-class players (most notably Tomashevsky, Radjabov and P. H. Nielsen) opted for 8. b4 as their weapon of choice against this tricky variation over the past 2-3 years.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black’s hoping to compensate for his opponent’s pressure on the c6 pawn by launching a counterattack on c4, but his efforts fall short after White’s unflinching reaction – his 18th move makes a particularly neat impression.

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