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98_D40-D42_Semi-Tarrasch
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The variation <3... Nf6 4. Nf3 c5> is called the Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Unlike the regular Tarrasch, Black does not accept an isolated pawn, since he intends to recapture on d5 with the knight (as after 5.cxd5, 5...exd5 has long been known to be dubious after 6.Bg5), but he cedes a spatial advantage to White. The intended recapture with the Nf6 prevents Black from seamlessly transposing to the Semi-Tarrasch if White has played <4. Bg5.>

After <4...c5>, White usually plays <5.cxd5 Nxd5 <6.e3 or 6.e4>>, which lead to different types of middlegame play and have attracted the interest of strong players with both colors since the early twentieth century.

The Semi-Tarrasch has ECO codes D40 through D42.

Queen's Gambit Declined (D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch (D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch (D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3 (D42)

Systemic Failure
Berliner vs Fischer, 1963 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 0-1

B Colin vs Alekhine, 1932 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 9 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Naiditsch, 2015 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

A great win by Black
W Martz vs Bisguier, 1973 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

L Shamkovich vs L Espig, 1973
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

Bareev vs J Magem Badals, 1994
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 58 moves, 0-1

A Verzhansky vs V Kron, 2009 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

lehrreich
Yusupov vs Ribli, 1985 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Mecking, 1973 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruhetag
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shabalov vs D Gurevich, 2004 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

9...Qa5 10.Rb1 Bxd2 11.Qxd2 Qxd2 12.Kxd2
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Dreev vs Yusupov, 2003 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Radjabov vs Van Wely, 2005
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Uhlmann vs Korchnoi, 1970
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Ponomariov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2009 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Dreev vs Yusupov, 2003 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2
Keres vs Fine, 1937 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

6.g3 Nc6 7.Bg2 Nxd4 8.Nxd4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Qxd4 11.cxd
Rubinstein vs Tartakower, 1929
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Geller, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Tal, 1972 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

Take the offensive with --> 21. d5 --> 22.d6 --> 23.d7
Smyslov vs Karpov, 1971 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kramnik, 2013 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

K Solomon vs Nakamura, 2014 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

Nisipeanu vs D Fridman, 2014
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

L'Ami vs Bacrot, 2014
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1965 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 93 moves, 1-0

Wang Hao vs J Gustafsson, 2015 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 60 moves, 1-0

blitz
Korchnoi vs V Tukmakov, 1972
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bxh7+ -->RB saxs
D Gurevich vs J Massana, 1985
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2015 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 57 moves, 0-1

Najdorf vs Fischer, 1970 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs S Begun, 1978 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 24 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

Geller vs A Fuderer, 1955
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs M Shereshevsky, 1984
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

game 8.3
A Pashikian vs A Mastrovasilis, 2011
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Timman, 1981 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs G Gonda, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1968 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keene vs Miles, 1976  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

S Khademalsharieh vs Kosteniuk, 2015
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs A Khasin, 1961 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 34 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Gheorghiu, 1968
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ding Liren vs Kramnik, 2013 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Aronian vs Carlsen, 2015 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vyzmanavin vs I Belov, 1989
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

A Shestoperov vs V Mikenas, 1955
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

K Volke vs N Eliet, 2008
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Luckis vs V Kahn, 1939
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 40 moves, 1-0

Kan vs Levenfish, 1939
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lilienthal vs G Negyesy, 1931 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1947 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Delchev, 2001
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

Pachman vs O Neikirch, 1958 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

A Zaitsev vs Unzicker, 1965
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 76 moves, 0-1

Simagin vs A Zaitsev, 1966
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

A Zaitsev vs Furman, 1967 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1-0

S Zhukhovitsky vs A Zaitsev, 1967
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Zaitsev vs Polugaevsky, 1968
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Klekowski vs K Dragun, 2016 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Svidler vs Kramnik, 2016 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

R Svane vs T Nabaty, 2016
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

F J Sanchez Guirado vs Illescas Cordoba, 1987 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 32 moves, 1-0

A Giri vs Harikrishna, 2016 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs A Khasin, 1962
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 55 moves, 1-0

Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2016 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Uhlmann vs Karpov, 1973 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 45 moves, 0-1

Kan vs Levenfish, 1937
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 51 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs Flohr, 1935
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Lalith vs Y Shvayger, 2016
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Krogius, 1959
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1946 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs Mikhalchishin, 1978
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pachman vs Y Porat, 1964
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 81 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs F Vallejo Pons, 2017
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sarana vs J C Schroeder, 2017
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Esipenko vs J C Schroeder, 2017 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

Bukic vs M Mihaljcisin, 1981
(A14) English, 58 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Portisch, 1962 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Psakhis vs S Semkov, 1982 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 112 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Kramnik, 2017
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kim Nyvang Andersen vs Jakob Pfreundt, 2017
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 81 moves, 0-1

Radjabov vs Karjakin, 2017 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nakamura vs Ding Liren, 2017 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Unzicker, 1968
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Yifan Hou, 2017 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

R Wojtaszek vs Kramnik, 2017
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

sort of
Kotov vs E Eliskases, 1952 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1-0

Suba vs J M De La Villa Garcia, 1994
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

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