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Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (D46)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Bd3

Number of games in database: 1223
Years covered: 1856 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 49.0%
   Black wins 18.0%
   Draws 33.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Svetozar Gligoric  10 games
Wolfgang Uhlmann  8 games
Mikhail Botvinnik  7 games
Arthur Bisguier  14 games
Vladimir Antoshin  13 games
Mikhail Tal  11 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1910
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896
Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1955
Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950
Lautier vs Anand, 1995
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 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,223  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Falkbeer vs Bird 0-150 1856 LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Steinitz vs Chigorin 1-038 1889 Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship MatchD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Lasker vs C Golmayo 1-052 1893 Havana m1D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Lasker vs J M Hanham 1-039 1893 New YorkD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. A Hodges vs Albin  1-059 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Allies vs Chigorin  0-158 1894 PetersburgD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Steinitz vs Lasker 1-046 1894 Lasker - Steinitz World ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Pillsbury vs Albin 1-046 1894 2nd City Chess Club TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Burn vs Chigorin 0-163 1895 HastingsD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Blackburne vs Von Bardeleben 1-030 1895 HastingsD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Burn vs Teichmann 0-129 1895 HastingsD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Janowski vs Chigorin 0-164 1896 NurembergD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Janowski vs Chigorin 0-142 1896 BudapestD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Pillsbury vs Winawer 1-021 1896 BudapestD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. G V R Exner vs Charousek 0-135 1898 Szekes FehervarD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Steinitz vs G Marco  1-047 1898 ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Schlechter vs Schiffers 1-041 1898 ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Pillsbury vs D G Baird  1-052 1898 ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. J N Berger vs Albin  1-038 1898 11th DSB Kongress, CologneD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Tinsley vs Maroczy 0-162 1899 LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Maroczy vs Chigorin 0-133 1899 LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. P Otto vs K Behting  0-129 1900 CorrespondnceD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Pillsbury vs G Silberberg / A L Friedlander  1-025 1900 blindfold simulD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. J N Berger vs Janowski  ½-½77 1900 MunichD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Burn vs Maroczy 0-1104 1900 MunichD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-06-05  InfinityCircuit: This is an interesting opening line. The position after 6...Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 is deeply analyzed in Znosko-Borovsky's book 'How Not to Play Chess' (In all likelihood 30-40% of the book!) Here is a snippet of his ideas:

The main problem for both White and Black is the development of the queen's bishop. For Black, two avenues exist: ...b6 and ...e5. ...b6 is less than satisfactory due to the blocked pawn mass on c6 and d5 that would obstruct the Bishop. Therefore ...e5 is best. He goes into a long treatise for White, and ...e4 is best there. Therefore the best moves, according to him, are as follows.

8.e4 (to activate the Bishop and put pressure in the center) 8...dxc4! (removing the Bishop from the diagonal that allows a check on the Black king) 9.Bxc4 e5 10.Bg5 Qe7 11.d5 c4 12.a4 (to stop the mass of Queenside pawns)

Here both the Bishops can now be activated, and f5 and f4 for White and Black, respectively, can make admiral places for his knights. I recommend the game Znosko-Borovsky vs Mattison Hermanis K, 1926 for those interested in the continued plans of attack according to Znosko-Borovsky.

Aug-04-06  gambitfan: Don't we have the wrong move order with this :

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7

after : 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 then 3 cd ed 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 Bg5 Be7... and this is very favourable for White...

The right move order seems for me to be :

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Nc3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7

May-27-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: is there any good "anti-meran" lines for Black? besides the slav proper i mean ;)

e.g. is black forced to play 5. ...Nbd7, or is there something equally playable after 5. e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 besides 6. ...dxc4

i'm thinking about returning to the semi-slav without worrying about the meran

thanks

Nov-18-10  rapidcitychess: <refutor>

I usually do fine with the main line against the Meran.

Bd6+e5 looks ok to me if you want to deviate though. I'm no expert.

P.S <InfinityCircuit> did a good job on that line, following Z-B's advice..

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