Learn the Leningrad Dutch Part 1: 7…Nc6 | Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz shows you how to play the Leningrad variation of the Dutch Defence, an opening rarely seen in top level play. In this first part, learn the 7…Nc6 branch.

Robert Fontaine vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French Championships (2007): A89 Dutch, Leningrad, main variation with Nc6

Levon Aronian vs Hikaru Nakamura, Tata Steel (2011): A89 Dutch, Leningrad, main variation with Nc6

Magnus Carlsen vs Dennis Rylander, Salongernas IM-tournament (2003): A89 Dutch, Leningrad, main variation with Nc6


  1. Can we have a full series on either the KID, the Grunfeld or the Nimzo-Indian? One video is not enough to clearly explain these openings and it would be pretty fun to watch as they are pretty popular openings.

  2. My channel is all about the Dutch-Leningrad set-up for white AND black. Have a look on my games playlist to see how it has worked for me (freakin great!).

  3. Sicilian Defense, Chekhover variation. There's already a video on it by Akobian, but I don't like it very much, I want more perspective on how to face it with Black, possibly analyzing 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cd 5.Qxd4 a6.

  4. 23:00 hmmm… maybe Queen to C4.

    OH I'M RIGHT! I'm a GM…in rewinding videos xD

  5. He forgot to mention a key tactic at the exchange sacrifice. Why after Bxf8 white can't take exf3?
    1. … e4 2. Bxf8 exf3 3. Bxg7 fxg2 4. Bxf6 gxf1Q+ is great for black
    But: 1. e4 2. Bxf8 exf3 3. <Qxd8> Nxd8 4. Bxg7 fxg2 5. Rfd1! is the point, attacking the N at d8 and staying up in material

  6. Great videos on the Dutch! I love the classical Dutch with 7.Ne4 thanks to GM Simon Williams. Also I like to play e6 then f5 to avoid white easily playing e4. I hope you cover Ne4 when you get to the classical Dutch and maybe games by the ginger gm! Thanks again!

  7. "Three part series" he said, but we all know how the semislav series ended LoL

  8. When would the third part come out? Schrantz is awesome!

  9. But in that position you can gain material! (where you sacrefise the exchange) You trade queen (else yours will be hanging) than take the knight and than take the bischop

  10. Guys, where is the flag from that appears at the beginning?

  11. WHO is at the STL chess club and doesnt know either magnus or karajkan?!?!?!?!

  12. You should really do a video on the Dutch dude, it will get a lot of views.

  13. .20 7….Bd7 8.Bg5 Nc6 9.d5 Na5 10.b3 c5 11.Re1 a6 12.e4 fxe4 13.Nxe4 b5 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nxf6+ exf6 16.Nd2 bxc4 17.bxc4 f5 18.Qc1 Rb8 19.Rb1 Rxb1

    .24 7….Na6 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Qb3 Rb8 10.c5+ Kh8 11.cxd6 exd6 12.Rae1 Be6 13.Qa3 Ne4 14.Bf4 Nxc3 15.bxc3 h6 16.Bc1 Qf7 17.e4 fxe4 18.Rxe4 d5

    .24 7… a6 8.Bf4 Nc6 9.d5 Na5 10.b3 c5 11.Rc1 Bd7 12.e4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 fxe4 14.Ng5 b5 15.Bxe4 bxc4 16.bxc4 Rb8 17.Ne6 Bxe6 18.dxe6

    .26 7… Nc6 8.d5 Na5 9.b3 Ne4 10.Nxe4 fxe4 11.Nd4 c5 12.dxc6 bxc6 13.Bb2 d5 14.Bc3 Qb6 15.Bxa5 Qxd4 16.Qxd4 Bxd4 17.Rad1 e5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.e3

    .31 7… c6 8.Qd3 Na6 9.b3 Bd7 10.Bg5 c5 11.Qe3 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Nd5 e6 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.a3 Kg7

  14. you talk shit on the edges schrantz.

  15. Typical waste of time on a single variation or game nobody can relate to. Completely unhelpful.

  16. I know chess, but I don't know smart chess. I dont even know how to "castle". That's the only "chess-term" I know.

  17. Sir why did you stop making chess openings explained videos 😢

  18. Look at his face while he's explaining) He obviously likes Dutch defence. Well, I personally love it too, amazing opening. I've been looking for something exciting against d4, I think I'll try this one

  19. I kinda got stuck at 14:11 and ended up rewinding a few times and had to hear about the CHESS WOOZEL about 6 times lol! And 23:02 "Sac the Queen…" your face made me lol! I got Qc4, I got Qc4! But for TOTALLY the wrong reasons lol no clue it led to perpetual, oh well 🙁
    Well, it took me a… while but i got to the end eventually lol and absolutely LOVED it! You have a very good way of explaining (to me at least) very complicated ideas, thank you, much appreciated! 🙂

  20. Is this guy Nick Kroll's brother or something?

  21. i know yhis is interactive class, but I WISH eric Bitting would be quier!

  22. I watched this video and now I know this game by heart which I usually don't do that but my brain just kinda absorbed all of this

  23. The man who needed to be reminded the name of the opening half an hour into this must have an inestimable Elo

  24. i love chess, being playing it for 20 years almost every day.
    but when it comes to watch a video explaination suddenly it becomes the most boring thing on earth.

  25. A presentation of the Dutch Stonewall would be appreciated very much.

  26. the Dutch is tricky! Great commentary

  27. “Opening Momentum” for various lines would be interesting data to capture 🧐 Understanding which moves are becoming popular and knowing the rates at which they are gaining / losing could be helpful for strategic preparation I would guess?

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