Opening Data Base                                              

This game collection, downloadable both in pgn and chessbase format, is dedicated to the "classical" lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined: after 1.d4 d5; 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6, White develops the Bishop in g5 (4.Bg5) and pins Black's Knight in f6, thus increasing the pressure over the d5 square.     

The Cambridge Springs defence occurs after 4...Nbd7; 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Qa5: Black aims to attack White's c3 Knight with Bb4 and Ne4 while the Queen both contributes to such attack and indirectly threaten the Bishop in g5 (beware dxc4).  White can react with cxd5 preventing dxc4 and creating a majority of central pawns.

The Lasker defence is based on the dark bishops exchange: 4...Be7; 5.e3 00; 6.Nf3 h6; 7.Bh4 Ne4.  Black's position is very solid but a little passive, with few possibilities to gain the initiative.  

The Tartakower defence is an attempt to solve the issue of Black's bad light Bishop, a structural one in the Queen's Gambit Declined. The idea is to adopt a Queen's side fianchetto with the line 4...Be7; 5.e3 00; 6.Nf3 h6; 7.Bh4 b6.  Again Black is very solid but has to deal with a long White's initiative.

The Orthodox defence occurs after 4...Be7; 5.e3 00; 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Rc1 c6; it is made of a sequence of very logical moves (hence its name) and was often played and deeply analysed in the last century.  Here Black's main goal is to achieve a sound and solid position, accepting to remain with a bad Bishop during the opening and also in the middle game, aiming to have the possibility to reintroduce it in the fight during the endgame.    


Queen's Gambit Declined

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Last Update

July 2018