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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: 981
Years covered: 1834 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.5%
   Black wins 16.7%
   Draws 49.7%

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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 981  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 1-0491834London m3 ;HCL 18D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. Schlechter vs Janowski 1-030189811th DSB Kongress, CologneD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Lasker vs J Mieses 1-0291900ParisD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. Burn vs Lasker 0-1441900ParisD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Showalter vs G Marco  0-1461900ParisD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. Burn vs J Mason  ½-½761900ParisD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. Von Bardeleben vs J Mieses 0-157190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. Rubinstein vs Gajdos 1-0501905Barmen Main A, GERD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Janowski vs Maroczy 0-1751905OstendD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. W Cohn vs Fahrni ½-½291905Barmen Meisterturnier BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. O Bernstein vs Schlechter ½-½271906StockholmD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. Teichmann vs Leonhardt  1-0561907Ostende-BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. Schlechter vs Maroczy  ½-½421907KarlsbadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. Schlechter vs Dus Chotimirsky  ½-½291907KarlsbadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. Nimzowitsch vs Kundriavsew / Landau 1-0501910Dorpat, EstoniaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. J Perlis vs Reti 0-1291910ViennaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. Lasker vs Janowski 1-0221910Lasker - Janowski World Championship MatchD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. Duras vs F Lapka 1-0331912Pisek simD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Rubinstein vs Schlechter 1-0391912San SebastianD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. O Chajes vs J Stapfer  1-0331913New York RiceD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Alekhine vs P K Yurdansky  ½-½371915Moscow (05)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. Alekhine vs Vidmar ½-½201922LondonD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. Ed. Lasker vs Marshall 1-0811923Marshall - Ed Lasker US ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Teichmann vs Rubinstein  ½-½351924Berlin GERD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. Alekhine vs L Kussman 1-0201924Simul, 18bD41 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  gambitfan: it seems to give a crushing advantage to White, doesn't it ?
May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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