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The Queen's Gambit is the opening given by the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4. White offers a pawn in order to gain more central control.

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Rook move and back rank after kingside castling in the queens gambit accepted

I'm about 1500 on Lichess, and as white I almost always play the queens gambit accepted (if reached). After some moves I often, almost naturally, play at some point Rfe1 and h3. The first one is to ...
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The importance of ...c5 in Queen's Pawn Openings

According to Irving Chernev in his summary of Queen's pawn opening on page 100 in Logical Chess there is one important step black should do in any Queen's Pawn opening ...c5. How true is this today?
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How to open a chess game [closed]

Any chess opening book or site for open a chess game for FIDE elo around 1800?Can any one help me to overcome opening difficulties? Specially as sicilian keres attack and english open as black. I ...
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How do you retrieve your c4 pawn in the Catalan?

In regular queen's gambit, you are happy to give away the c4 pawn because your light squared bishop is staring at the square all game and you will probably be able to eventually retrieve it. In the ...
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How to proceed after declined Queen's Gambit?

I am a intermediate-level player. How can I proceed after a declined Queen's Gambit, as White?
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What is this trap in QGD?

I recently watched an Eric Rosen video where he showcased a trap in the QGD. I do not remember what the trap was called. Here are the moves. [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 ...
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Why shouldn't I play c5 in Queen's Gambit Declined as white?

My favorite opening is the Queen's Gambit Declined, and I will often reach positions like this [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 c6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Bd2 O-O 7. c5 Where I decide to ...
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Aggressive response to 1.d4? [duplicate]

As black, against 1.d4, which aggressive response do I have? I looked at queen's gambit accepted, queen's gambit declined, king's Indian defence and the Slav defence. But all of this options appear to ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

If Black has castled kingside and White castled queenside or kingside, and White wants to launch an attack by a pawn storm. How do you know that you should start with h4 first or g4 first? I know that ...
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Confused about timing of cxd5 and dxc4 in the Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD)

Recently I've been playing the Queen's Gambit Declined as my primary response to a d4 opening by white. While analyzing past games with engines, I've realized that as the game progresses, there's a ...
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Good and in-depth books on Queen's Gambit and French Defense?

After following the studying advises of a Chess Stack Exchange fellow (PhishMaster, if you read this, thank you!) I'm about to break 2200 Lichess elo finally. I think it is time to truly and deeply ...
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Move orders in the 6.Qc2 Anti-Meran Semi-Slav

After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 White can play the so-called Shabalov-Shirov Gambit‎ with 7.g4!? on the grounds that 7...Nxg4 allows 8.Rg1 and the important g7 Pawn is ...
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Can black play the London system?

After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3, Black usually plays Nf6 or e6 (which blocks his light-square bishop) and I wonder if it is possible for him to adopt the ideas from the London System and play Bf5 ...
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Top players move order when playing QGD?

Why is typical move order for QGD among top grandmasters 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5? Why does not black immediatelly go 1. ..d5? Also, why is QID via 3. ..b6 almost never played?
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What is the purpose of 12.a3 in the QGD Lasker Defence?

this is about queen gambit declined lasker defence : [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 Nxc3 10. Rxc3 c6 11. Qc2 Nd7 12. a3 why or ...
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"A better move" recommended by chess.com but almost never played?

I played a game starting with d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3 a6 4. a4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Black's next move is 5... Bg4 and it was considered by chess.com as Inaccuracy (-0.28) A better move was 5... e5 (5... e5 ...
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Is the queens gambit declined getting more popular than the slav?

Back when I used to study chess, like 10 years ago or so, all the text books and all the super GMs recommended either the slav or the semi slav against queens gambit, they said it's better than the ...
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What do advocates of the QGD exchange variation (from the white side) recommend against alternative move orders?

I've recently started to become interested in the exchange Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD) from the white side: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Thematically speaking it's very ...
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Tactics to counter Queen's Gambit

I am a novice player. I have seen many White players using the Queen's Gambit (1. d4, 2. c4) which actually dominates the center and inflicts humongous damage at the expense of only one white pawn. ...
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Why isn't 3.e4 more popular in the QGA?

According to the chess.com DB, 3.e4 is the third most popular reply in the Queen's Gambit Accepted - but why isn't it the most popular by a long shot? Isn't the entire point to remove black's central ...
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When should I take on c4?

I always encounter such a position: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] [StartPly "11"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. h3 Nf6 4. e3 Be7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. c4 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. b4 b6 9. ...
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Countering the Horowitz Defense

Since my last post I've successfully learned how to counter the wayward queen attack, and now I've run into an interesting opening that I don't immediately lose to, but I feel I can play against ...
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Marshall Defense 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 — transpositions

I know that the theoretical refutation of 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6?! is supposed to be 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nf3. Perhaps Black doesn't fear the refutation because he intends a gambit such as 3.cxd5 c6?! or 3.cxd5 ...
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In this QGD Exchange variation, how should white deal with 6 ...Bg4?

[FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 Bg4!? The Shredder Opening Database indicates no games played with this move, and my edition of John Watson's A Strategic Chess Opening ...
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Is there any way to gain equality with the QGD Marshall Defence?

The Marshall defence goes 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6?! I played this game recently as white. It was the first time I saw the Marshall in a game and the real contest was over by move 14. [FEN ""] [StartPly "...
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What are the advantages of the QGD over the Slav?

I don't have an extensive knowledge of the opening theory of the two openings mentioned in the title. However, I do understand that, at a very basic level, in response to the Queen's Gambit the moves ...
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Pros and Cons for black in Queen's Gambit Accepted

I'm a beginning chess player and still learning the opening. If white's first move is 1.d4 and black counters with d5 (closed or semi-closed games), and white's second move is c4 bringing the Queen's ...
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Can you recommend a variation in the English opening for a technical player?

I'm looking to study the English opening. To cut down my homework, I would like to focus on one or two variations. Why am I interested in the English opening, I hear you cry? Mostly because I want to ...
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Tarrasch defense with 6. dxc5

Chesstempo database gives white over 65% in all the variations after 6. dxc5 (130 games with both players 2200+). It has been used by Anand and Ivanchuk. So why the main line 6. g3 is way (2800+ games ...
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Queen's gambit continuation

I have reached this same position a number of times, what would be the most sound continuation for white? [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 ...
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The Meran System plan of attack

I've recently started to play the triangle system against the Queen's gambit, and so far it is okay. I've extensive knowledge in the Noteboom variation, but the problem with it is that the variation ...
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Is it true that Queen's Gambit tends to have positional play and King's Gambit A tactical one?

I have heard somewhere that Queen's Gambit is favored by those who like quiet positional play and King's Gambit by those who like lively game studded with tactical traps. Is this true?
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Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White vs. Spassky?

Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White in many games in the 1972 World Championship match vs. Spassky, although he almost never played it in any other tournament or match game?
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After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, should White play 3. cxd5?

I play the Exchange variation as White when Black plays 2...e6 against the Queen's Gambit. Should I play 3. cxd5 to avoid the transpoition to the Slav 3. Nc3 (hoping for 3...Nf6 4. cxd5) c6!? [FEN ""]...
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What is the disadvantage of the move 3. ..h6 in the Queen's Gambit Declined?

One of my opponents keep playing 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 h6!? against me. Thus avoiding the main lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined that start after the normal 3) ..Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 etc. Is ...
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Aggressive variation against Queen's Gambit Declined?

My style favors aggressive, complicated openings. I have constructed a suitable repertoire with White beginning with 1. d4 with one exception. I have so far been unable to find a satisfactory response ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Why 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 rather than 2..Bf5?

Why has it become standard to decline the queen's gambit as below: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 which blocks the bishop, rather than: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 ? By analogy to the king's gambit: [...
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What are good books for learning Queen's Gambit opening

I am looking for book recommendations on the Queen's Gambit. I already own some general opening books, which cover many openings and also many variations in each opening. However, I am not advanced ...
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Can Black finish off White?

The below position arose from the Queen's Gambit ( Exchange variation ). [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "2b1rnk1/1pr1qppp/p1p5/2Pp4/P2P4/1R1BPN1P/2Q2PP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1"] I have ...
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For White, which variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation ...
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Why is the Ragozin 4... Bb4 not even considered against 4. Bg5?

The Ragozin variation of the Queen's Gambit starts with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4: [StartPly "8"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 It seems that the Bb4 move is only sound in ...
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Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

[Title "White to move"] [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 I've tried just taking the pawn at c4, but he takes my pawn at d4 and after exchanging some pieces I end with a broken pawn structure while ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted, but Couldn't Capitalize

[StartPly "8"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 b5 4.a4 Ba6 White to move. How to capitalize on this variation of Queen's Gambit Accepted for white? I've never seen this counter before. Couldn't ...
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In the Queen's Gambit Declined, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, what is the difference between playing 3. Nc3 and 3. Nf3?

Here are Chessbase's statistics after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 : Nc3 - N=116,000 - W=58.2% - Av=2152 - Perf=2176 Nf3 - N=54,000 - W=60.3% - Av=2239 - Perf=2264 . N = The number of games played W = White'...
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Between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, strategic and quiet positions?

I'm a ~1750 Elo player and I've been thinking of switching my opening repertoire for White. So my question is: between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most ...
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What are black's possible plans in the exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit?

I've reached this position, or something similar, a zillion times as both black and white (main line exchange queen's gambit): [fen ""] 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Alatortsev variation, is there a high quality resource covering this line?

I am working on my opening repertoire, and I need ways to dodge the Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined with Nge2. Many masters use the Alatortsev variation to do this. After the ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Marshall Gambit, how to decline it and keep full equality?

I wish to play a specific move order of the QGD as Black, but the problem is that White can throw Marshall gambit at me. I do not want to play the sharp lines, I need a solid and fully equal ...
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QGD :: should Black fiancheto his King's Bishop?

A common line in the orthodox line of the QGD goes something like this: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Here's the part that puzzles me. According to the database in 365chess Black's ...
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Queens Gambit Declined vs Slav: Exchange Variations

I am a keen player of d4 as white. One of the things that I often read is that the exchange variation of the Queens Gambit Declined is generally considered good for white: [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 ...
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