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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: 1122
Years covered: 1856 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 50.6%
   Black wins 17.4%
   Draws 32.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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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 45; games 1-25 of 1,122  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Falkbeer vs Bird 0-1501856LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Steinitz vs Chigorin 1-0381889Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship MatchD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Lasker vs C Golmayo 1-0521893Havana m1D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Lasker vs J M Hanham 1-0391893New YorkD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. A Hodges vs Albin  1-05918931st City Chess Club TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Allies vs Chigorin  0-1581894PetersburgD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Steinitz vs Lasker 1-0461894Steinitz - Lasker World Championship MatchD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Pillsbury vs Albin 1-04618942nd City Chess Club TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Burn vs Chigorin 0-1631895HastingsD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Burn vs Teichmann 0-1291895HastingsD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Janowski vs Chigorin 0-1641896NurembergD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Janowski vs Chigorin 0-1421896BudapestD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Pillsbury vs Winawer 1-0211896BudapestD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. G V R Exner vs Charousek 0-1351898Szekes FehervarD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Steinitz vs G Marco  1-0471898ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Schlechter vs Schiffers 1-0411898ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Pillsbury vs D G Baird 1-0521898ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. J N Berger vs Albin  1-038189811th DSB Kongress, CologneD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Tinsley vs Maroczy 0-1621899LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Maroczy vs Chigorin 0-1331899LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. P Otto vs K Behting  0-1291900CorrespondnceD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Pillsbury vs G Silberberg / A L Friedlander  1-0251900Blindfold simul, 16bD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. J N Berger vs Janowski ½-½771900MunichD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Burn vs Maroczy 0-11041900MunichD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Schlechter vs F G Jacob 1-0391900MunichD46 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

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  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


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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