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Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch (D41)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c5 5 cxd5

Number of games in database: 977
Years covered: 1905 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 31.6%
   Black wins 16.5%
   Draws 51.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Miguel Najdorf  10 games
Wolfgang Uhlmann  9 games
Ludek Pachman  8 games
Viktor Korchnoi  23 games
Ludek Pachman  17 games
Lajos Portisch  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912
Keres vs Geller, 1962
Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938
Portisch vs Pinter, 1984
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962
Tartakower vs R Rey Ardid, 1934
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 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 977  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Cohn vs Fahrni ½-½291905Barmen Meisterturnier BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. O Bernstein vs Schlechter ½-½271906StockholmD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Rubinstein vs Schlechter 1-0391912San SebastianD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. O Chajes vs J Stapfer 1-0331913Rice CC MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Teichmann vs Rubinstein  ½-½351924Berlin GERD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. R Grau vs Maroczy  0-13119271st olm finalD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. Lilienthal vs G Negyesy 1-0251931HUN-ch Szavay MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. Alekhine vs Gruenfeld 1-0351931Prague ol (Men)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Stoltz vs Kmoch  1-0391931Prague ol (Men)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. B Kostic vs Stoltz  0-1221931Prague ol (Men)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Bogoljubov vs Stoltz  1-0271931BledD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. Flohr vs Euwe  ½-½251932Euwe - FlohrD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. A Vajda vs K Treybal  1-0501933OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. W Fairhurst vs Alekhine 0-1371933OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. Wimsatt Jr. / Turover vs Alekhine 0-1281933Consultation gameD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. B Hoenlinger vs R Palme  ½-½391933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. W Schwinner vs R Palme  ½-½571933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. Lilienthal vs Tylor 1-0411933Hastings 1933/34D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Euwe vs O Naegeli 1-0411934ZurichD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. Stahlberg vs Lasker 1-0451934ZurichD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Bogoljubov vs Flohr  ½-½671934ZurichD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz 1-0151934SyracuseD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. Stoltz vs Stahlberg  1-0511935OerebroD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Lilienthal vs Flohr ½-½411935MoscowD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. G Witte vs Keres  0-1471935Tallinn international tournamentD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-16-04  Benjamin Lau: Jonathan vs Yedidia, 1982 is a funny trap in this opening. Question: how come black doesn't play 5...Nxd5 6 e4 Nf6!? in the D41 Semi-Tarrasch? Because of Bg5? Because black doesn't want to waste time? Is that really all there is? I don't see anything wrong with this on first glance, but it doesn't appear to be a line anyone has tried.
Feb-16-04  refutor: i think it's that black doesn't want to waste time...look at the position after 7.Be3 for instance...what does black have to show for his tempi? white is much better developed and has better control of the center, much easier to play for white
Jul-07-05  Knight13: <White wins 38.7%> <Black wins 14.7%> <Draws 46.6%> Black barely wins. Does this opening give Black trouble or what? Is it playable for Black?
Aug-01-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  gambitfan: it seems to give a crushing advantage to White, doesn't it ?
May-06-08  KingG: I like playing this opening after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+(9...Qa5?, Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912) 10.Qd2 0-0 11.Bc4, and then the main line runs something like 11...Nc6(11...Nd7) 12.0-0 b6 13.Rad1 Na5(13...b6) 14.Bd3 Bb7 15.Rfe1, and then White has two interesting plans, either trying to promote his d pawn, as in Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969, or even better Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977, and attacking Black's King with the pawn sacrifice d5, followed by e5, as in Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969.

Either way, you get an interesting game, where White has a nice initiative, but Black has winning chances of his own if White slips up.

Jul-29-10  rapidcitychess: <gambitfan> This is when Black doesn't play Nxd5. That is why it's a low percentage.
Feb-22-12
Premium Chessgames Member
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Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♘f3 c5


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Feb-08-15  Mr. V: Perhaps a more experienced player can tell me: why do people consider . . .exd5 dubious in this position?
Feb-08-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Mr. V> See Alekhine vs L Kussman, 1924 for an object lesson in what may befall Black after 5....exd5.
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