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Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (D12)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 Bf5

Number of games in database: 4515
Years covered: 1890 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 33.8%
   Black wins 22.4%
   Draws 43.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Alexey Dreev  51 games
Anatoly Karpov  38 games
Mark Hebden  31 games
Alexey Dreev  47 games
Alexey Shirov  37 games
Alexander Motylev  36 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2011
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935
R Buhmann vs Shirov, 2008
Kmoch vs Alekhine, 1922
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 page 1 of 181; games 1-25 of 4,515  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½501890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½391890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. F J Lee vs Blackburne  1-0671890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. F J Lee vs Blackburne ½-½511890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-0371892MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. P K Seuffert vs E Schallopp  0-14018938th DSB KongressD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. N Jasnogrodsky vs Louis Schmidt 0-1351893New YorkD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. F J Lee vs Taubenhaus  ½-½401893New YorkD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. E Hymes vs Albin  1-05818942nd City Chess Club TournamentD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. A Rueb vs O Wegemund  1-0311908correspondenceD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Salwe vs E Cohn 1-01341909St. PetersburgD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Schlechter vs J Perlis 1-0101911AnalysisD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Capablanca vs Schlechter ½-½321911San SebastianD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. C Jaffe vs Alapin  1-0541911KarlsbadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Salwe vs E Cohn  1-0521911KarlsbadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. E Cohn vs Alapin  ½-½471911KarlsbadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. B Kostic vs Capablanca  ½-½501916Rice MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Breyer vs Gruenfeld  1-0171918KassaD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. A G Conde vs B Kostic  0-1471919HastingsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Breyer vs Reti  ½-½391920GothenburgD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. R Scott vs S F Smith  1-0391920BCF-ch 13thD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Maroczy vs Tarrasch 1-0561920BerlinD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. A Brinckmann vs W Schlage  0-120192121. DSB KongressD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Chodera vs F Treybal  0-1361921Prague-chD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Lasker vs Capablanca ½-½301921Lasker - Capablanca World Championship MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-03  Bears092: In something like this, why does white lock in his dark bishop? I prefer to bring it to g5 first...
Feb-14-03  Spitecheck: In my humble opinion, especially in the Slav where black has not already played e6, the Bishop to g5 does not pin the knight on f6 or for that matter threaten to exchange it doubling pawns, as black quite often plays Nbd7 anyhows (the self pinning e6 usually follows as well) a sense Bg5 is more of a tempo winner for black than it usually is for him in the QGD. The other point is that white must play e3 in the opening either way, thus the bishop will be locked to the king side. Bg5 can aid the pawn going all the way to e4 of course. I like a quote from Karpov in the Master Chess tournament book. He refers to white playing an early e3.."He saves his bishop for the future", it's a positive way of looking at it I guess. I guess Bg5 seals the bishops fate 9 times out of 10, it will be exchanged on the kingside for either a knight or it's rival counterpart on e7.
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  refutor: there's two ways of looking at it...1) that the D12 line is inferior to the other lines (which i believe) or 2) you keep your options open by leaving your bishop can either fianchetto or work to get e4 in
Feb-16-07  e4Newman: can someone help me with my study of the slav. i've reviewed a number of games by topa, kramnik, vishy, etc... and can't get over the fact that black gives up his well supported d-pawn. i see there are lines where ...dxc4 is delayed or avoided. can someone point me to a player, eco, or game collection without dxc4? or am i barking up the wrong tree?

many thanks!!

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