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Queen's Pawn Game (A40)
1 d4

Number of games in database: 5057
Years covered: 1849 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 37.3%
   Black wins 33.5%
   Draws 29.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vladimir Kovacevic  26 games
Predrag Nikolic  20 games
V Tukmakov  19 games
Gerard Welling  48 games
Simon Kim Williams  42 games
Ziaur Rahman  38 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988
Keene vs E Fielder, 1964
Filip vs Petrosian, 1965
Srinivas vs V Ravikumar, 1984
J Krejcik vs J Thirring, 1898
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 page 1 of 203; games 1-25 of 5,057 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Harrwitz vs Horwitz 0-165 1849 Brighton m ;HCL 34A40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Harrwitz vs Horwitz 1-046 1849 Brighton m ;HCL 34A40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-156 1849 London m ;HCL 34A40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Loewenthal vs E Williams 0-139 1851 LondonA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J S Mucklow vs H Kennedy  0-135 1851 LondonA40 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Loewenthal vs H Buckle 0-158 1851 London m1A40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. E Williams vs Horwitz  ½-½29 1852 London m3A40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-142 1856 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-148 1856 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-129 1856 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-060 1856 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-048 1856 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. H Knott vs F Perrin 0-140 1857 1st American Chess CongressA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-162 1857 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-035 1857 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-144 1857 CalcuttaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Paulsen vs Kolisch  ½-½16 1861 London mA40 Queen's Pawn Game
18. P Birch vs E Pindar  0-127 1861 ManchesterA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. R Schurig vs Paulsen  0-150 1864 LeipzigA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Blackburne vs G MacDonnell 0-131 1867 Dundee CongressA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. R Hale vs C G Heydon 0-128 1871 New South Wales vs South Australia; Telegraph MatchA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. K Dorre vs R Fleuriot 0-117 1872 CasualA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Wisker vs Bird 1-038 1873 London m3A40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. J Heral vs Anderssen  0-159 1873 ViennaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Baumgartner vs F Borsdorff 0-129 1873 CasualA40 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-15-09  blacksburg: what's this <Englund Gambit> all about? seems like fun to me, but i don't think i've ever heard of it. anyone know something about this thing?

the opening explorer tells me 894 games went 2.e4 into the center game, which isn't scary for black, and only 117 games where white takes with dxe5. is this gambit really that good?

May-15-09  blacksburg: oh ok, nevermind the above stats, i got confused about the 894 games, which are just the center games that started with 1.e4 e5 2.d4.
May-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: To be frank, the Englund gambit is one of the worst gambits in existence. I wouldn't be too surprised if some time it turns out that White is already objectively winning after one single move. You don't even get realistic practical chances to equalize against sensible moves.
May-15-09  blacksburg: oh ok. is this one of those things where white shouldn't try to hold the pawn at all, just develop? like maybe 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.e4 Nxe5 4.f4 etc...?
May-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Well no need to give the pawn back just like that, but it can be done under more favourable conditions. 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 and now 4.Bf4 is good although not the only good move. White just needs to know not to meet 4..Qb4+ with 5.Qd2?? Qxb2 6.Qc3 Bb4 or 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Bc3?? Bb4 7.Qd2 Bxc3 8.Qxc3 Qc1#. Couple of cute traps that are basically the Englund player's only hope. Slight exaggeration. 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Nc3 is great for White of course though. 5.Nc3!? is the same after 5..Qxb2 6.Bd2 and on 5..Qxf4 there's 6.Nd5. Anyway, most reasonable 4th moves for White in that line keep an edge even when it means returning the pawn. Of course, Black has other silly tries that don't involve even trying to get it back but those are just umm, ok, thanks for the pawn.
May-15-09  blacksburg: ok thanks
May-15-09  whiskeyrebel: Most gambit's are more or less effective against the level of opposition. A 900 player would likely fair better against a 1300 using one of the more sound gambits than a 1700 against a 2100. That's just my opinion of course. What do you stronger players think?
May-15-09  whiskeyrebel: For instance, as a 1900 or so player, I wouldn't consider gambiting material to a player of Acirce's higher rating level. I'd try to play sound chess and hope he over-extends and plays too aggressively. On the other hand, if a 1400 rated friend was facing a 1700 I'd say go ahead and play a gambit you have studied the priciples of and played in some blitz games for practice.
Jun-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <Captain Scumbag>I play the Englund occasionally and have enjoyed a fair bit of success. An interesting variation is 01.d4 e5 02.dxe5 Nc6 03.Nf3 Qe7 04.Bf4 Qb4+ 05.Nc3?! This database has one example of it following this line and none that follow 05..Qxf4. This is unfortunate because I think it leads to interesting play. Here's a game I played about three years ago. My opponent was a Class A player, which is quite amusing given the conclusion

01. 01.d4 e5 02.dxe5 Nc6 03.Nf3 Qe7 04.Bf4 Qb4+ 05.Nc3?! Qxf4?! 06. Nd5 Qe4 07.Nxc7+ Kd8 08.Nxa8 Qb4+ 09.c3 Qxb2 10.Rc1 Qxa2 11.e4 Bc5 12. Ra1?? Qxf2# 0-1

I welcome any comments on the above game. I would especially like people's thoughts on the position after 09..Qxb2. I'd be genuinely interested to know who people thought stood better.

Captain Scumbag,
I think White was correct to sacrifice the a-pawn in order to save the c-pawn. I looked at 10.Rb1, but after 10...Qc3+ 11.Nd2 Qe5 I think Black is doing well, with the obvious threat being 12...Qb8 picking up the errant Knight. After 10.Rb1 Qc3+ 11.Qd2 Qd2+ 12.Kd2 Black can play 12...Nge7 & 13...Ng6 putting pressure on the White e5 pawn.

Jul-31-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Anyone have experience (as black) with the Polish Defense? I have Kapitaniak's Polish and Zimmer's Polnische - but seeking feedback from someone who has played it (and the St. George) with some regularity.

I like that black can get play on both sides of the board and how many variations transpose into structures similar to the French, the ...e6 Sicilians - even the Benoni and Dutch.

Thanks!

Jul-31-09  MaxxLange: <whiskeyrebel> I can see the value of your approach to playing someone with a good rating - sound and careful. But, think about this: according to the strong players I have worked with, players under 2000 overestimate the value of material all the time. We don't sac pawns that give us great chances. We cash out and win the exchange when it is better to keep up the pressure. All the time.
Jul-31-09  MaxxLange: strong = expects to win against 2200 player
Jun-29-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  jahhaj: I faced an obscure sideline of the Englund gambit recently 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nge7. Unfortunately I didn't find the refutation over the board and got nothing from the opening, but 4.Nc3 Neg6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nd5 Qd8 8.Qd2! now 8...Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 fails to 10.Qc3 and white is much better.

I agree with <acirce>, the Englund is just awful.

Jun-29-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eric Schiller: Not obscure at all. The Zilbermints
Gambit is probably the most playable line of this rubbish opening.
Oct-23-11  jbtigerwolf: Yes it's a rubbish opening, but if you haven't seen it, it can be 0-1.

In my experience playing off-beat openings, a player of 1500+ will usually sit back and look at the board and go over the idea.

I wouldn't like to face the Englund Gambit or other obscure openings like the Latvian Gambit, without knowing the theory.

From watching better players than me, I know how to deal with the foreign: sit back and study otb.

This is one of those gambits where if your opponent knows it (or works it out) you drop the point yourself.

Oct-23-11  jbtigerwolf: But this is really about 1.d4. I got here trying to work out what was meant by 'Queen's pawn game'.

I was looking at the repertoire of Akobian and I noted that he's a d4 player, with 379 d4's in this database (approx half wins, a third draws, a sixth losses) and only 14 other first moves (over e4,c4,Nf3 and b4).. which shows he's experimented. His results with other moves are awful. Interestingly, he has only tried c4 3 times! Unsuccessfully.

What grabbed me was that he plays 'Queen's pawn game' (whatever that is?) as Black to 1.d4... though he faces the Nimzo, KID, Dutch and the QG defenses to his QG that he plays... strange that he doesn't play any of the defenses he faces.

Oct-23-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<jbtigerwolf>

I have always understood Queen's Pawn Game to mean a d4 opening where white doesn't play 2. c4 - so that includes: Veresov (1.d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5); Colle/Zukertort (1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 with either c3 or b3 coming); Trompowsky (1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5); London (1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6/e6/d5 3. Bf4); Torre Attack (1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6/g6 3. Bg5).

Dec-08-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit
1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 d6


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Jan-26-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Englund Gambit
1.d4 e5


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Looks like "England" gambit. :-\

Jan-27-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Bogoljubov Defense
1.d4 Nc6


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Dec-25-12  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

<<<Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit>>>

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 d6


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So, this is the first game of this opening in the database H W Apperly vs H Charlick, 1894, a brilliant Q sac. :)x

Aug-14-13  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Englund Gambit

1.d4 e5

Aug-15-13  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Bogoljubov Defense

1.d4 Nc6


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Feb-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: 1. d4 Nc6 2. d5 Ne5 is just like reversed Alekhine's Defence... Never tried this playing against d4, always used ...Nf6
Mar-19-14  goommba88: this comment for mr.schiller/ or acirce
has anyone taken a serious look at the line 5..Qc5!? after (1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Bf4 Qb4+ 5.Bd2) ? my engine seems to think that it is playable although white still keeps an advantage ( a couple of sample lines would be 6.Be3 [to try and trick black into the Qxb2 lines with tempo]6..Qa5 7.Qd2 d5 8. Qxa5 (8.Exd6 e.p. Bxd6 9.Nd4 Qh5 is fine for white) Nxa5 10.Nc3 Be6 0.80 I think blacks game is playable as white will have to move the e3 bishop again :line 2 6.Bc3 NGe7 7. e4 (in order to stop Nd5 freeing blacks game)7..Ng6 8.Qd5 too force the queens off and black can trade and give white the center or play Nf4 with a complex position (.75) any thoughts? just checking to see if its been tried by reasonable strong players +1900 or above.. thanks for your time.
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