General Plans for White

Having considered the strategic features of the position we shall now look at general plans. In this section we will examine typical White possibilities. White often tries to demonstrate an advantage on the queenside in similar fashion to the Queen's Gambit Declined. This is quite natural, particularly when Black sends the bishop to d7 and e8. This game is Kharitonov-Guliev, Moscow 1995. White's modest opening play has left him no claim to an advantage. It is instructive to see how these two...

Move orders and setups

The Stonewall is characterised not by specific sequences of moves - as is the case with the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian, for example - but by a particular, distinctive pawn formation that occurs in almost no other situation. The diagram position illustrates the basic Stonewall formation. Note that Black can deviate as well as White. He can choose to play with his knight on c6 instead of the pawn, a system that is probably a little dubious but has nevertheless seen occasional use by...