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Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation (D13)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 cxd5 cxd5

Number of games in database: 1304
Years covered: 1890 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 24.2%
   Black wins 22.6%
   Draws 53.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Ulf Andersson  24 games
Varuzhan Akobian  15 games
A Graf  8 games
Alexey Dreev  21 games
Vasily Smyslov  21 games
Petr Haba  14 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Ulf Andersson vs E Jelling, 1994
Botvinnik vs Denker, 1945
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1945
Portisch vs Kramnik, 1993
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1922
Sultan Khan vs Euwe, 1931
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 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,304  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Lasker vs Lasker ½-½431890BerlinD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
2. A Donegan vs S Von Freymann  0-1301911Cologne-AD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. Marshall vs Nimzowitsch ½-½521911KarlsbadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. Rotlewi vs Alapin 0-1201911KarlsbadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. Teichmann vs Alapin  ½-½291911KarlsbadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
6. B Kostic vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½451911KarlsbadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. Vidmar vs B Kostic  ½-½721911KarlsbadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. Marshall vs W John  1-0471914MannheimD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
9. O Chajes vs B Kostic  ½-½541916Rice MemorialD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. Kupchik vs B Kostic  0-1481916Rice MemorialD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. A Selezniev vs Breyer  1-0581920GothenburgD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
12. Alekhine vs Tartakower 0-1311922Bad PistyanD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
13. J Davidson vs W Schlage  ½-½511922GER-NEDD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. P Krueger vs O Antze  ½-½30192222. DSB KongressD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. S Sery vs Prokes  ½-½521923PardubiceD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
16. Przepiorka vs L Asztalos  ½-½191924GyorD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
17. H Mueller vs Przepiorka  ½-½261924GyorD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. R Grau vs B H Villegas  1-0291924ARG-ch4 MayorD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. H Wagner vs A Becker  ½-½811924MatchD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
20. Carlos Torre vs S Mlotkowski 1-0261924Western ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. J Davidson vs Euwe 1-0501924MatchD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
22. M Sonnenberg vs H Strick van Linschoten  1-0281924VAS-DDD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
23. W Gibson vs V Kahn  1-0261925Scarborough-BD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
24. Dus Chotimirsky vs I Rabinovich  1-0561925USSR ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. Marshall vs H Helms  0-1631925New YorkD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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Apr-06-07  gambitfan: Chess Opening of the Day 06/04/2007...

This opening seems so boring! Too symmetrical in my taste... Should lead to a draw, shouldn't it ?

Apr-06-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiskeyrebel: A draw? judging from books I've studied it's just not that simple. Symmetrical openings like this can break wide open at the eventual point in which the symmetry must be broken...leaving a jolly swathe of "fighting" guts and gore strewn across the board.
Apr-13-07  micartouse: <judging from books I've studied it's just not that simple. >

I totally agree. I just took up the Slav, and naturally many White players take comfort in cxd5. At first I was getting hammered, but I started realizing they were making serious mistakes and I wasn't responding properly.

The Slav Exchange should be a fun, sharp game for either side with some practice. There are a couple variations with a lot of symmetry and exchanges, but usually this doesn't come up unless White really knows how to do it and wants to.

May-26-07  tonsillolith: What accounts for the greater percentage of wins by Black for this opening in this database? Its not much but here is the first place I've seen with more wins for Black than White. The only possible reason I can think of is that weaker players tend to play it more against stronger players due to its drawish reputation. Is there any other explanation?
May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <tonsillolith> It could be that some people play this under the impression that the worst result they can get is a draw, and then get a bit careless.
May-06-08  RookFile: I think you're right, tonsillolith, it is a case of weaker players playing this against stronger players. There's nothing wrong with the system, of course, Reshevsky used to play this, but most players at the highest level don't play this way.

Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1953

May-06-08  Open Defence: <leaving a jolly swathe of "fighting" guts and gore strewn across the board.> eewwwwww
Dec-04-08  Alphastar: I decided to try the slav for the first time in an OTB game last friday. My opponent played the exchange, I screwed up the whole game and lost badly. Probably my worst game of 2008. I'm never going to touch the slav again.
Apr-05-09  Archswindler: <KingG: In fact there are probably even more dull lines in the KID than the Semi-Slav. For example, when White plays dxe5 dxe5, Qxd1; or the fianchetto lines which i also find quite boring.>

The KID exchange isn't that bad. Black has a slight advantage.

In the exchange slav, or exchange KID, black also has the psychological advantage of knowing that his opponent is a putrid coward.

Apr-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <Archswindler> I didn't play the KID back then and didn't really know what I was talking about. Now I would consider the Exchange KID to be much more interesting than the Exchange Slav.

I wouldn't go as far as saying that Black is slightly better in the exchange. I think the position is equal, and if Black isn't careful he can be worse because of his hole on d4, but his early initative should give him enough for an equal game. I would never play it as White though, and I do think it's a pretty cowardly opening.

Jun-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: i was mucking around with the opening explorer and if Black really doesn't want to play the Slav Exchange, it appears he can fairly easily transpose into the Grünfeld by playing ...g6 instead of ...e6
Jun-18-10  Minty: According to the db, the percentage of black wins in the exchange variation isn't much different to the slav main line, so if it is drawish, it appears to be entirely at white's expense.
Feb-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <The opening of the day and one of the most boring openings of all. I consider it rude to play this opening.> I was just reading some of my old comments, and was struck by how stupid I was back then. While I still don't play the exchange Slav(except through a move order like 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.cxd5! cxd5 6.Bf4), it is a perfectly legitimate opening, and at anything below at least 2600 level probably offers decent winning chances in the hands of a strong positional player. It certainly would at my current level, let alone my 2005 level. I would even say that quite interesting positions can arise in this opening, although more often for White than Black. No doubt my judgement of this opening was strongly influenced by the fact that at that time I played the Semi-Slav with Black, and resented having this played against me. Luckily I've since grown up a bit, and no longer make judgements on openings based on emotions. My almost total lack of positional understanding at the time probably also contributed to me making these ridiculous statements.
Feb-15-11  Akavall: <KingG> Yes I remember threatening to play exchange-slav against you :).

If you have time now days, let me know if you are up for a few games.

Feb-19-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <Akavall> Sure. What time are you likely to be online?
Feb-19-11  Akavall: <KingG> I am online now, I am online most of the evenings (US Eastern time).

The thing is that my MSN messenger is not working, so it makes it hard to coordinate.

Feb-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <Akavall> I am 5 hours ahead of you, and since I try not to sleep too late these days, it might be a bit difficult to play unless you are free at around 5pm (your time). 6pm is about the very latest I can do.
Feb-20-11  Akavall: 5 pm my time is fine. I could play now (4:06 pm).
Feb-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <Akavall> Sorry I didn't see your message earlier. I'm on playchess now if you are free to play.
Feb-20-11  Akavall: No problem, of course.

I am there now, what's your handle there?

Feb-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <Akavall> Sorry I couldn't chat. It was disabled. Thanks for the games.
Feb-20-11  Akavall: Thanks you too, some were really good.

Do you want to talk about the games elsewhere?

Feb-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: If you have an idea of how we could do that, then sure.
Feb-20-11  Akavall: Do you have a gmail account?

And facebook has a chat :)

Feb-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: Ok, we can do it on facebook.
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