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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: 3949
Years covered: 1890 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.6%
   Black wins 22.1%
   Draws 44.3%

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 158; games 1-25 of 3,949  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½50 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½39 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. F J Lee vs Blackburne  1-067 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. F J Lee vs Blackburne ½-½51 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-037 1892 Skaneateles mD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. P K Seuffert vs E Schallopp  0-140 1893 8th DSB KongressD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. E Hymes vs Albin  1-058 1894 2nd City Chess Club TournamentD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. A Rueb vs O Wegemund  1-031 1908 correspondenceD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Salwe vs E Cohn 1-0134 1909 St. PetersburgD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Schlechter vs J Perlis 1-010 1911 AnalysisD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Capablanca vs Schlechter ½-½32 1911 San SebastianD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. C Jaffe vs Alapin  1-054 1911 KarlsbadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Salwe vs E Cohn  1-052 1911 KarlsbadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. E Cohn vs Alapin  ½-½47 1911 KarlsbadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. B Kostic vs Capablanca  ½-½50 1916 Rice MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Breyer vs Gruenfeld 1-017 1918 KosiceD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. A G Conde vs B Kostic  0-147 1919 HastingsD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Breyer vs Reti  ½-½39 1920 GothenburgD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Maroczy vs Tarrasch 1-056 1920 BerlinD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. R Grau vs R Illa  ½-½17 1921 CarrascoD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Chodera vs F Treybal  0-136 1921 Prague-chD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Lasker vs Capablanca ½-½30 1921 Lasker - Capablanca World Championship MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. G Filep vs E Straat  1-036 1921 Student ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Weenink vs W Schelfhout  1-029 1921 VAS winterD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Euwe vs Loman 1-022 1922 AmsterdamD12 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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