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Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch (D34)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 g3 Nf6
7 Bg2 Be7

Number of games in database: 2045
Years covered: 1909 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 41.8%
   Black wins 17.4%
   Draws 40.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Jan Smejkal  17 games
Jiri Lechtynsky  15 games
V Tukmakov  14 games
Varuzhan Akobian  40 games
Slavoljub Marjanovic  34 games
Eric Schiller  27 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984
Igor Ivanov vs V Zaltsman, 1983
Kasparov vs G Hjorth, 1980
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969
Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1983
Tal vs Keres, 1959
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 page 1 of 82; games 1-25 of 2,045  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tartakower vs J Perlis  ½-½26 1909 St. PetersburgD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Rotlewi vs M Lowcki  0-126 1911 Cologne-AD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Burn vs Marshall 1-037 1911 13th Anglo-American Cable MatchD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. W Schelfhout vs Kirschen  1-034 1911 Cologne-AD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. B Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½31 1911 KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Dus Chotimirsky vs P F Johner  1-050 1911 KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Marshall vs Rubinstein 1-020 1911 KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Vidmar vs Burn  1-032 1911 KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Rotlewi vs J Perlis 1-047 1911 KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Dus Chotimirsky vs Leonhardt  1-062 1911 KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. Duras vs Vidmar  0-147 1912 BudapestD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. Schlechter vs Maroczy  ½-½20 1912 BudapestD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. L Forgacs vs Tarrasch  0-130 1912 San SebastianD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. M Lowcki vs Alapin  ½-½57 1912 Bad PistyanD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. O Bernstein vs Levenfish  0-138 1912 Vilnius All-Russian MastersD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. M Brody vs Vidmar 1-026 1913 Austro-Hun Master TtD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Marshall vs J Corzo 1-017 1913 HavanaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. Bogoljubov vs Flamberg 0-128 1914 MannheimD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Vidmar vs Schlechter  ½-½35 1916 ViennaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Rubinstein vs J Gottesdiener 1-045 1916 Tournament /1917D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. J Taft vs F K Perkins  1-026 1916 matchD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-056 1918 Berlin GrandmastersD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Euwe vs G Kroone  0-128 1919 Amsterdam m2D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Reti vs Euwe 1-029 1919 AmsterdamD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Euwe vs Olland 1-062 1920 AmsterdamD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-03  Benjamin Lau: According to current theory, this is one of the best ways to meet the Tarrasch. The hope is to place overwhelming pressure on d5 and win the isolated pawn and thus maybe the endgame.
Jul-31-05  TIMMY .O: PLAY ME!
Jul-31-05  Koster: "The future will decide who has erred in estimating this defense, I or the chess world!" Dr. Tarrasch Currently the opening seems out of favor and its statistics aren't so good. It needs a world class player to adopt it, like Keres, Spassky and Kasparov did before. Those Karpov-Kasparov games scared many players but I think there are improvements for black.

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  RookFile: I guess the stats depend on how you look at this. Let's say you have the Tarrasch as an occasional surprise weapon: then it isn't so bad to know that he odds are above 50 percent that you'll get at least a draw.
Mar-25-07  Plato: That's nothing special. In any decent opening White's odds of winning won't be above 50%. The chances of the other two results (draw or Black wins) should invariably outweigh White's chances of winning. If not, something is seriously wrong with Black's opening.
May-27-07  therangeravl: To all theory experts. Black's drawback in this variation is obvious - the isolated d-pawn. But somehow I cannot see the compensation for this drawback. Maybe there are some tactical threats that I overlook or something? Can you recommend me some typical games that show the positive sides of black's position?
May-27-07  Surrealist: Isolated queen's pawn is not only a weakness, it has some attacking potential on its own. You should be looking all the time for possibilities to advance it. Also Black can play Re8 and Bg4 pressurizing the e2-pawn. Too bad that against well prepared opponent the Tarrasch is too often a long struggle for draw.
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  Eric Schiller: The isolated d-pawn is not a drawback, it is an asset! Black's freedom of movement and the ability to advance the d-pawn is what makes the opening so much fun for Black. Even if you drop the isolated pawn, it is very hard for White to win the endgame. Babuly Annakov vs E Schiller, 2000 is a good example. I even tossed in the bishop pair. Still drew.
Mar-29-08  Auggie:
I rather think that the Tarrasch is an excellent opening since it immediately turns a closed game into an open one which most queen pawn players disdain, else why open with the queen pawn ? Most players I have faced would much rather see some dull, run of the mill Kings Indian.
Mar-31-08  Akavall: <Most players I have faced would much rather see some dull, run of the mill Kings Indian.>

What do you mean? I think King's Indian is one of the most interesting openings.

Oct-28-10  rapidcitychess: Good Evening: What is one to do if the black player simply refuses to exchange pawns? Should I exchange pawns, or let him keep the tension?
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  parisattack: I've wondered why this defence isn't more popular at the top. It seems to have a decent reputation and probably still lots of gold to mine...especially in this engine-age.

Spassky revitalized it in the late 1960s and Gligoric played some fine games with it in the mid-1970s...

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  plang: <Spassky revitalized it in the late 1960s and Gligoric played some fine games with it in the mid-1970s...>

Kasparov used it quite a bit early in his career until two losses to Karpov early in their first match seemed to discourage him from using it again.

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