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Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (D47)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Bd3 dxc4
7 Bxc4

Number of games in database: 2183
Years covered: 1911 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 32.6%
   Black wins 24.1%
   Draws 43.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Boris Gelfand  33 games
Ivan Sokolov  23 games
Zdenko Kozul  23 games
Alexey Dreev  60 games
Alexey Shirov  37 games
Viswanathan Anand  29 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008
Karpov vs Anand, 1998
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006
Aronian vs Anand, 2013
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996
Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005
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 page 1 of 88; games 1-25 of 2,183  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Hafe vs S Von Freymann  0-119 1911 Cologne-AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Teichmann vs Rubinstein  ½-½27 1923 KarlsbadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. H Mueller vs G Nagy  ½-½38 1924 GyorD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. A Vajda vs Hromadka  ½-½39 1925 Berlin/Budapest/Prag/ViennaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Bogoljubov vs Gruenfeld 0-160 1925 Baden-BadenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Saemisch vs Albert Becker  ½-½30 1925 BreslauD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Capablanca vs Lasker ½-½29 1925 MoscowD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Rubinstein vs Lasker 0-157 1925 MoscowD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Capablanca vs Alekhine ½-½28 1927 New YorkD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. V Berger vs G A Thomas  1-031 1927 LondonD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Bogoljubov vs W Von Holzhausen  1-026 1928 Berlin Chess LeagueD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Saemisch vs W Von Holzhausen  1-040 1928 It Cafe KoenigD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Reti vs Rubinstein 1-021 1928 BerlinD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Capablanca vs Spielmann ½-½68 1928 BerlinD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. H Geiger vs Pirc  0-148 1929 Rogaska Slatina SLOD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Duchamp vs L Szwarcman  ½-½13 1929 ParisD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Alekhine / Bogoljubov vs Dr. P 1-028 1929 Berlin alternating sD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. J Rejfir vs E R Lundin  1-020 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. J Rejfir vs Noteboom  1-037 1931 Prague ol (Men)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Capablanca vs Euwe ½-½27 1931 Capablanca - EuweD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Bogoljubov vs Vidmar  ½-½65 1931 BledD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. C Kottnauer vs Bogoljubov 1-032 1932 Prague clock simulD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. J Dobias vs Z Vecsey  1-022 1932 Kautsky memD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. J Rejfir vs E Eliskases  ½-½30 1933 Moravska OstravaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Gruenfeld vs J Rejfir  ½-½31 1933 Moravska OstravaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-27-04  afshins: chess is very beautiful for me
Aug-28-04  Lawrence: <afshins>, welcome, a lot of us feel the same way. And even those of us who have no great natural talent for it still find it a fascinating game.
Aug-29-04  afshins: i am breathing by chess only.
Aug-13-05  bomb the bishop: Is D47 more recommendable than D49 for black?
Nov-10-05  vampiero: How many of you guys play the 8. Be2 variation instead of Bd3 and whats ur history with it cause i was thinking of trying it out
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

Aug-16-06  actual: <1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 then 3 cd ed 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 Bg5 Be7... and this is very favourable for White...>

Isn't that a little bit of a stretch...

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  WannaBe: I see that there is Meran variation of this opening, now the question, is Meran's first name Lemon?!
Feb-16-08  get Reti: What do you all think of 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 <<b4>> 9. Ne4? I like it because it prevents white from playing e4.
Feb-17-08  nescio: <get Reti> If you like it, you should play it, as long as you are not aware of a refutation. Sveshnikov seems to agree with you. Black's pawn structure is weakened, but I have looked briefly at the follwing games and I think it is quite playable:

Polugaevsky vs Sveshnikov, 1973
A Zakharov vs Sveshnikov, 1976
Bagirov vs Sveshnikov, 1977
V Shalimov vs Sveshnikov, 2000
V Baikov vs Sveshnikov, 2001
G Tunik vs Sveshnikov, 2002
Y Pelletier vs Sveshnikov, 2004
Z Mamedjarova vs Sveshnikov, 2004
P Staniszewski vs Sveshnikov, 2005
F Berkes vs Sveshnikov, 2006

As you can see, Sveshnikov seems to have abondoned it for a while, but then came back to it.

The fact that Mecking has also played 8...b4 is an extra recommendation and the game Reshevsky vs Mecking, 1970 points out another possibility for White: 9.Na4.

Oct-17-09  deputy1: To Wannabe Merano is a place in Italy where they make glass I think they took the O off but there I may be wrong
May-23-11  ZeejDonnelly: It seems that masters and amateurs participate in different language games concerning chess. They, of course, agree on the basic rules of chess -- one can't castle through check, for example. But the nebula of high chess theory seems inaccessible to those like me.

GM: Ah! The Meran-Wade variation of the Semi-Slav!
A: Meran-Wade? Semi-Slav? But my name is ZJ Fabianczyk and I'm Polish-American!

Such is the difference in my understanding of chess, and that of brilliant theoreticians, masters, the stuff that legends are made of.

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