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Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch (D33)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 g3

Number of games in database: 332
Years covered: 1908 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 42.8%
   Black wins 20.8%
   Draws 36.4%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Frank James Marshall  19 games
Akiba Rubinstein  16 games
Milan Vidmar  6 games
Gosta Stoltz  11 games
Varuzhan Akobian  8 games
Ratmir Kholmov  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909
B Rabar vs Stoltz, 1941
T van Scheltinga vs Stahlberg, 1950
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 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 332  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs Salwe  ½-½48 1908 PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Marshall vs Von Bardeleben  1-046 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Marshall vs Przepiorka 1-028 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Marshall vs F G Jacob  1-047 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Marshall vs W John  ½-½30 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Marshall vs Mieses  1-027 1908 Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Marshall vs Mieses 0-143 1908 Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Marshall vs Mieses 1-048 1908 Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Marshall vs Mieses  1-030 1908 Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-038 1908 LodzD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. Schlechter vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-026 1908 PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. Vidmar vs Spielmann  1-065 1908 PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-040 1908 LodzD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Rubinstein vs J Kvicala ½-½60 1908 PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. M Brody vs Von Bardeleben  1-072 1908 16th DSB Kongress, DuesseldorfD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Marshall vs Capablanca ½-½30 1909 Capablanca - MarshallD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Marshall vs Capablanca 0-149 1909 Capablanca - MarshallD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. Rubinstein vs J Perlis ½-½38 1909 St PetersburgD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Rubinstein vs S Von Freymann 1-020 1909 RUSD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. D Daniuszewski vs V Nikolaev  ½-½35 1909 All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Rotlewi vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½49 1909 All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Rubinstein vs Mieses 0-124 1909 Rubinstein - Mieses, MayD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Rubinstein vs Salwe  0-120 1909 Triple round robin All-Russian tournamentD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Rotlewi vs B Gregory  1-024 1909 All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. J Brach Sr vs J R von Pessler 1-031 1910 Third SSZ international correspondence tourney (-1912)D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: any opinions on the swedish variation 6. ...c4? it is still played irregularly nowadays. worth a shot?
Jul-07-05  e4Newman: out of curiosity (i never play the line), what would 6...c4 accomplish?
Jul-07-05  MUG: Iíve never played 6...c4 either, and would be interested to know the logic behind it (Avoid having to play with an isolated queens pawn??). I notice it can often lead to a very open centre with good piece play for Black,

A Kuligowski vs Ricardo Calvo Minguez, 1978

But if White does not try to rush things, and continues with natural development before playing the pawn to e4 (e.g. 7.Bg2 Bb4 8. 0-0 Nge7 9. e4) then the statistics donít seem to favour Black much: 72% win percentage for White! (according to the Opening Explorer)

Keeping the tension and developing with the more common 6ÖNf6 is preferable in my opinion.

Jul-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <But if White does not try to rush things, and continues with natural development before playing the pawn to e4 (e.g. 7.Bg2 Bb4 8. 0-0 Nge7 9. e4) then the statistics donít seem to favour Black much: 72% win percentage for White!>

Yes, this is how White should play. It is considered favourable for him and with good reason.

However, practical play is something else. This leads to *white* getting an isolated pawn instead of black, and depending on level and other circumstances, I guess this can be confusing. White needs to know the theory well which is less likely in a sideline of a line that isn't all that common to begin with.

Jul-07-05  MUG: <This leads to *white* getting an isolated pawn instead of black>

Good point, but if White is uncomfortable with this I notice he can often force the exchange of the isolated pawn for Blacks advanced c-pawn.

Gligoric vs B Kostic, 1947

However, I agree that the games often end up very open affairs where the better player 'should' prevail.

On a side note, this game impressed me. What a pawn!!

Ftacnik vs G Miralles, 1988

Jul-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: the model game against the Swedish variation must be this game, round six at Zurich: Reshevsky vs Stahlberg, 1953

after I first played through this game I swore I would never allow my opponent an isolated d-pawn. I'm sure black players have come up with a better response to Reshevsky's 11.Qc2 in the last 50 years, though.

Jul-07-05  paul dorion: The notable games for the Tarrasch are suprisingly old. I know that Keres , Tal , Spassky (WC match 69) and Kasparov have played it with success.
Jul-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: <paul dorion> those are just the notable game for this line...the main line of the tarrasch is Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch (D34) with 6. ...Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7
Oct-15-05  elh: I think the point of pushing ahead with c4 is to have three pawns to two on the queenside (pawn majority). Black wants to push one through and queen.
Feb-04-06  LluviaSean: this hasnt a very high win percentage for black does it? what is the best opening for black against the queen's gambit?
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