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What are black's possible plans in the exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit?

Question: What are black's possible plans in the exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit? I think the positions could be classified into two main types depending upon where White develops the g1 ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White vs. Spassky?

Spassky had an entire squad of Soviet grandmasters trying to find holes in Fischer's repertoire. So it made a lot of sense to surprise them. He also avoided the sharp King's Indian and went for the ...
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After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, should White play 3. cxd5?

After 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Nc3, if black plays 4....Nf6 or 4....Be7, then white indeed succesfully transposed to the mainlines of the QGD and avoided any transpositions to the Slav. Black's best reply is ...
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Countering the Horowitz Defense

Since you are playing the Queen Gambit, 2.c4 is indeed the most logical way to continue. The main answers, 2...d5 and 2...Nf6, should fit in your repertoire anyway. The alternative is to go for 2.Nf3 ...
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What is this trap in QGD?

This is known as the Elephant Trap.
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What are the advantages of the QGD over the Slav?

It is not so easy to develop c8 bishop to f5 or g4 in any of these systems. You run into many tactics like Nh4 winning bishop on f5 for a knight, f3 e4 as in open Slav or Qb3 Ne5 stuff with bishop on ...
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Can black play the London system?

That is the Slav, but the problem for black in many of these lines, and specifically immediately, is that if 3...Bf5, then 4.cd cd 5.Qb3 forces you to sacrifice d5 or b7 since 5...b6 just loses. ...
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What are black's possible plans in the exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit?

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION: Exchange variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined can be reached via many move orders so there is no point in posting theoretical lines here since they will not ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White vs. Spassky?

Another idea is that it was strategy at it's deepest. He waited until the most important match of his career to use this part of his opening repertoire. In "Fischer-Spassky, Reyjavik 1972" C.H.O'D ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

Typically you use a pawn storm to exchange pawns around the castled enemy king and thereby to open lines and diagonals for an attack. Most of the time you want a closed (to some extent) center in ...
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Marshall Defense 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 — transpositions

If you don't take on d5, I think the only advantage black has gained is flexibility. That means he can choose his opening according to your move. But you can be almost 100% sure that the opening will ...
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Can you recommend a variation in the English opening for a technical player?

It's a good question. Just a quick answer with some thoughts to give you some starting ideas, hopefully to be improved later. I've always liked the English exactly for its rich transpositional ...
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Is the queens gambit declined getting more popular than the slav?

It seems to be that the QGD is regaining some popularity at the top level due to theory advancing. I don't think that says anything about the overall popularity of the two openings though (i.e., ...
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What is this trap in QGD?

This trap is the Elephant Trap. The video is: Crazy Queen's Gambit Declined and Secret Preparation Revealed
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Is it true that Queen's Gambit tends to have positional play and King's Gambit A tactical one?

It depends a little. The Queen's Gambit can lead to very lively play, if both parties are willing, but it's easier to turn it positional, as the Queen's Gambit is more of a "pseudo-gambit" than the ...
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When should I take on c4?

It is really a matter of taste over "better". I like the tempo gain that dxc4 gives. Usually the pawn is on c4 before Bf1-d3, but when Bf1 develops, as in your game, it loses time capturing on c4. ...
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Why isn't 3.e4 more popular in the QGA?

I'm not sure which database you are looking at: I see 3.e4 as the second, not third, most popular choice on chess.com, though not by much: Here's what one author says about 3.Nf3: Throughout the ...
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"A better move" recommended by chess.com but almost never played?

Chess.com listed this as an inaccuracy because the engine is running at a limited depth, only looking at each move for a few seconds. When I put the position after 5...Bg4 into Stockfish, it gave an ...
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Can black play the London system?

The London Defensive System is actually a named line in the Réti Opening. And yes, it is very playable. You don't see this very often nowadays, because White will try to stop Black from playing it. ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

The main purpose of a pawn storm is to exchange pawns and open lines. Therefore, in the ideal case you should push the pawn that can easily be exchanged. With a Black pawn on g6, it makes sense to ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted, but Couldn't Capitalize

You can play 5. axb5 and transpose to the answers to this question (Queen's Gambit Accepted with black trying to defend the c file pawn with 4... Bd7).
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Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

At that point Black is simply equal and there is nothing you can do to change it ( you would do better to play e4 instead e3 but ...e5 still solves all of Black's problems ). If you wish to play e4 ...
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The Meran System plan of attack

If black plays the triangle system againts the Queen's Gambit, white can (try to) transpose to the Semi-Slav defence: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7. The line 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 is ...
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Queen's gambit continuation

According to Hans Berliner, correspondence chess champion, Bg5 is the best. From his book "The System. A World Champion's Approach to Chess" he stated, and Fischer agrees, that Bg5 maintain the most ...
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Marshall Defense 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 — transpositions

Another possible transposition after 3. Nc3: After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 we arrive at a variation of the Chigorin Defense. A particularly tricky line is the following. [FEN ""] [Title "...
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Tactics to counter Queen's Gambit

You do not have to accept the gambit with 2... dxc4. This is chess, not draughts; capturing is not mandatory. (You know that, but this is a standard reply to gambits and other sacrifices.) Both 2... ...
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Can black play the London system?

I tried this about 15 years ago and after 4. cd cd 5. Qb3 I was soon in a world of pain. I've never tried it since. [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Bf5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Qb3 There is no good way to ...
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Why is the Ragozin 4... Bb4 not even considered against 4. Bg5?

Playing Bb4 before White puts his knight on f3 in the QGD isn't bad, but it can be uncomfortable for Black. Let's look at some lines: [StartPly "10"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5....
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Why is the Ragozin 4... Bb4 not even considered against 4. Bg5?

I'm not an expert but my guess is black doesn't want white to develop his g1 knight to e2 in a variation he commits his bishop to b4. For example after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6....
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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?

The fact that you would consider opening Nf3 suggests that you are open to openings like the Reti. The Catalan g3 leads to (somewhat) this kind of opening, albeit with a pawn on d4. More to the point, ...
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