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Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (D44)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c6 5 Bg5 dxc4

Number of games in database: 1915
Years covered: 1852 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 36.8%
   Black wins 29.2%
   Draws 33.9%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Loek van Wely  21 games
Alexander Beliavsky  15 games
Alexander Grischuk  14 games
Alexey Shirov  31 games
Alexander Shabalov  20 games
Loek van Wely  17 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008
Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994
Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945
Kamsky vs Shirov, 1993
G Bauermann vs R Butze, 1979
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 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,915  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Saint Amant vs C Stanley 1-0361852New York mD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Pillsbury vs Steinitz 0-11001896St. Petersburg 1895/96D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Showalter vs Janowski 0-1231898Janowski - Showalter Match 1D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. G Wainwright vs Blackburne 1-0301906ShrewsburyD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. G V R Exner vs J Szekely  0-1351906GyorD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Salwe vs Rubinstein 0-1601907LodzD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. H Kline vs Solomon Rubinstein  1-0321913American NationalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Kupchik vs J Corzo 1-0311913HavanaD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Duras vs A Marder  ½-½451913Rice Chess Club Summer TournamentD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. J Bernstein vs Kupchik 1-0161916matchD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Marshall vs Janowski  0-13719218th American CongressD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. C Jaffe vs Janowski  ½-½661922New York CCID44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. H R Bigelow vs Ed. Lasker  0-1261922New York CCID44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. H R Bigelow vs Janowski  1-0481922New York CCID44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. C Jaffe vs Janowski  1-0351923New York Metropolitan ttD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. J Davidson vs Euwe  1-0321924NED-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. A Tackels vs E Sapira  1-0331925AntwerpD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Znosko-Borovsky vs A Vajda ½-½241926BudapestD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. W Orbach vs Saemisch  ½-½631928GiessenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Alekhine vs E W Gruer 0-1281929Simul, 43bD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Alekhine vs S Borkovic 0-1461930ZagrebD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. H Johner vs Rubinstein 1-0241931Prague ol (Men)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. O Bernstein vs O Naegeli  1-0351932Bern mD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Dus Chotimirsky vs Alatortsev  0-1411933USSR ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. G Harum vs H Razinger  ½-½271933EbenseeD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Oct-23-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: I've just done a quick analysis with Fritz. This is what it thinks:

Before b3 it thinks the position is about even despite the exchange sacrifice. In real terms i think this means you are slightly better.

After b3 it thinks you are a lot better(about -3.50), basicaly winning. It gives the line 21.Bh5 Qd4 22.a4 d2 23.axb5 c3 24.Be2 dxc1N!!(24. ...dxc1Q is a draw after 25.Qxd4 Qh6 26.h4 c2 27.Qc5+ Kd8 28.Qe7+) 25.Qxc1 since you have an extra piece, a passed pawn and a potential attack against the White king.

The immediate 21. ...d2! was also poosible, 22.Rc3(stopping c3, 22.Qxd2 Rxh5 ) Qd4! and White is in big trouble.

What you played in the game is also fine, there is no improved defence(unless it is extremely clever and Fritz doesn't see it straight away).

As for Be2, Fritz doesn't think it is THAT bad, but common sense tells us that it can't be good.

Oct-24-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <It gives the line 21.Bh5 Qd4 22.a4 d2 23.axb5 c3 24.Be2> That deserves a diagram

Black to play and win


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24...dxc1=N!! Yes very clever, that Fritz.

Anyhow, thanks for analyzing my game with me. I'm starting to get embrassed with all the column space it's taken up now!

Oct-24-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: Ok, no problem, we can stop now. :)
Dec-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: interesting novelty on the 7th move but no doubt unsound...i've never seen it before (either has the opening explorer)

[Event "WJun"]
[Site "Yerevan ARM"]
[Date "2000.09.23"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Gershon,A"]
[Black "Senff,M"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2502"]
[BlackElo "2354"]
[EventDate "2000.09.02"]
[ECO "D44"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 b4 8. Ne4 Qd5 9. Ned2 c3 10. exf6 cxd2+ 11. Qxd2 gxf6 12. Bxf6 Rg8 13. Qc2 Nd7 14. Bh4 b3 15. axb3 Bb4+ 16. Kd1 c5 17. Bc4 Qh5 18. Qe4 Nb6 19. Qc6+ Bd7 20. Qxb6 Rg4 21. Rxa7 1-0

Dec-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: actually senff played it later on in that world junior as well

[Event "WJun"]
[Site "Yerevan ARM"]
[Date "2000.10.01"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Lopez Martinez,J"]
[Black "Senff,M"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2477"]
[BlackElo "2354"]
[EventDate "2000.09.02"]
[ECO "D44"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 b4 8. exf6 gxf6 9. Bh4 bxc3 10. bxc3 Ba6 11. Nd2 Qd5 12. Bxf6 Rg8 13. Be5 Bh6 14. Bg3 Nd7 15. Be2 Bxd2+ 16. Qxd2 Qxg2 17. O-O-O Qd5 18. Rhe1 Nb6 19. Qc2 Qa5 20. Bf3 Nd5 21. Bxd5 cxd5 22. Bd6 Bb5 23. Bb4 Qc7 24. Qxh7 Qf4+ 25. Rd2 O-O-O 26. Bc5 Rg2 27. Qh3 Rxh2 28. Qe3 Qxe3 29. fxe3 Rxd2 30. Kxd2 a6 31. Rf1 f5 32. Rg1 Rh8 33. Bd6 Kd7 34. Bf4 Rh7 35. Kc2 Kc6 36. Kb2 Kb6 37. Ka3 Rb7 38. Bd6 Bd7 39. Rg8 Kc6 40. Bc5 Rb1 41. Ra8 Re1 42. Rxa6+ Kb7 43. Ra7+ Kc6 44. Kb4 Rxe3 45. a4 f4 46. Ra6+ Kb7 47. Rb6+ Kc7 48. a5 Bc6 49. Ra6 Re1 50. Bb6+ Kd6 51. Ra7 Rb1+ 52. Ka3 Bd7 53. Bc7+ Kc6 54. Bxf4 Rb7 55. Ra6+ Kb5 56. Ra8 Bc6 57. Rc8 Bd7 58. Ra8 Bc6 59. Bg5 Rg7 60. Rb8+ Rb7 61. Rc8 Ra7 62. Bd8 Ra8 63. Rxa8 Bxa8 1/2-1/2

Dec-18-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <refutor> In the first game you gave, 16...Rg7! 17.Bc4 Qh5 18.Bg3 a5 doesn't look too bad.
Mar-10-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of winning combinations in miniature D44 games: http://www.wtharvey.com/d44.html
Jul-18-06  niemzo: <refutor> In the 7..b4 line u mention, how about 9.Nxf6? I serched it a bit and couldn't find anything for black. for example, 9.Nxf6+ gxf6 10.Bxf6 Rg8 11.Qc2 Ba6 12.Qxh7 seems good for white.
Sep-06-06  soughzin: In the line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nf3 dxc 5.Bg5 does black have anything better than Nf6 transposing back to I believe the anti-meran line? It would be nice if he doesn't and I transpose back to sharp familiar lines [they're not super familiar yet as I'm just crossing over to d4 but they will be soon : ) ] Thanks for any help
Sep-14-06  soughzin: I feel a little lonely on the slav/semi-slav pages...

Another question about move orders- In the position on the board shown at the top of the page, what happens if play contines 6.e4 h6! Now if white retreats to Bh5 black plays g5 and has forced white into the anti-moscow gambit which most believe to be an inferior version of the botvinnik. I can't believe no one else has noticed this before so there has to be a reason for black not playing it right? I assume white must play 7.Bxf6 and hope to get an improved moscow. 7...Qxf6 8.Bxc4 is white better than usual? black could also take on move 7 with gxf6. Anyone out there wanna help me meander through this maze of theory? : ) thanks much

Sep-14-06  bob000: soughzin. Your line has white playing Nf3 twice. The Moscow line is good for white but black can play 5..Be7 or 5..f6.
Sep-14-06  soughzin: Yes I meant 4.Nc3 on my first post.

On further reflection about my Second post I think I can answer my own question. First off black gets to chooses whether white plays the moscow(or perhaps anti moscow) or botvinnik so this is just black choosing to play the moscow later,so this is now groundbreaking revelation even if it's as strong as the regular moscow. Also, I think usually in the moscow white plays dxc after white's light squared bishop comes out,winning a tempo; this is not possible in the delayed moscow I thought of.

Sep-16-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: soughzin, you are right on your first september 14th post. without getting ...b5 in Black has given up the center and is behind in development with only the bishop pair as compensation


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looks much better for White in my patzer opinion

Jan-02-07  soughzin: I posted on a couple other pages how I was looking to compliment the meran lines with something Other than the Botvinnik. Well I think I'm going back to it after looking at some unclear main and sidelines. A nice side benefit is when your unbooked opponent will play a4 or e3 to your pawn snatching dxc4. Today I played a game that went 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e3 b5 7. a4 a6!? not quite the main line but I think very playable. It's FUN for one, sound,trappy,and easy to underestimate, what else can you ask for as black? 8. axb5 cxb5 9. Nxb5 axb5 10. Rxa1 Bb4+ 11. Nd2 Bb7 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Ra7 Qb6 14.Ra1 White soon blundered and gave me a winning position (which I squandered but squeeked out a win)
May-08-07  artemis: I really think that this line is the one true challenge to the semi-slav, with the exception of one line in the Meran. In the other lines, particularly in the ...Qc7 and d4-d5 merans, black's position is just awesome. These lines are the crucible for the Semi-Slav.
Nov-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: There were two high level games in the Botvinnik variation during the recent Olympiad Aronian vs Van Wely, 2008 and Kasimdzhanov vs M Ragger, 2008.

In both cases White outrated his opponent by over 100 points, yet both games ended in a draw. After several years of only seeing the Moscow variation in response to 5.Bg5, is the Botvinnik variation ready for a come-back?

Nov-04-09  jon01: Any good books on this opening?
Nov-04-09  yalie: <jon01: Any good books on this opening?>

I dont know about books, but this might be a good place to know the latest theory:

http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/t...

Mar-06-10  rapidcitychess: <Sneaky> You have inspired me! I shall take on little chess partner!
Mar-06-10  rapidcitychess: Any suggestions?
Mar-06-10  rapidcitychess: This is a CPU with no book vs a 1500 glicko player. Should I take little chess partner on with tactics and a solid opening? What should I do. I understand that little chess partner is a little stronger than a little chess CPU, Still, What should I do? I will start as soon as I hear from a good player what I should do.
May-04-10  rapidcitychess: Well I searched and decided(finally) to do it.
I won!!
I used that stonewall thingy to beat it.
Dec-16-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Semi-Slav, Anti-Meran Gambit
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♘f3 c6 5. ♗g5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5


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Jan-16-12  chegado: I just started to study this opening (specifically Botvinnik variation) and still makes me wonder why so many top players endorse it. After the usual move order, Rybka states that Black is in pretty bad shape, struggling, at the best of the scenarios, for a draw.
Jan-16-12  Shams: <chegado> Well, that's Rybka. Rybka also probably loves White in all the 6.Bg5 lines of the Najdorf, too. I think one reason these ultra-sharp variations still enjoy popularity at high levels is that Black can at least think of playing for a win in just about any resulting middlegame. That's a really valuable plus. Sometimes you have Black in a must-win game, after all.
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