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Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst (D58)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 O-O 6 Nf3 h6
7 Bh4 b6

Number of games in database: 1702
Years covered: 1922 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 29.0%
   Black wins 16.8%
   Draws 54.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Anatoly Karpov  25 games
Lajos Portisch  23 games
Jan Timman  21 games
Alexander Beliavsky  61 games
Efim Geller  48 games
Rafael Vaganian  47 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977
Karpov vs Kiril Georgiev, 1994
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981
E Magerramov vs Kasparov, 1977
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1933
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 page 1 of 69; games 1-25 of 1,702  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs Tartakower ½-½42 1922 LondonD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. J Bernstein vs Tartakower  ½-½36 1923 KarlsbadD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
3. E Jacobsen vs Tartakower 0-134 1923 CopenhagenD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. Janowski vs Tartakower 0-133 1926 SemmeringD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
5. Vidmar vs Tartakower 1-065 1926 SemmeringD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
6. Rubinstein vs H Duhm 1-044 1926 HannoverD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
7. Colle vs Tartakower  ½-½57 1926 Amsterdam NEDD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
8. Gruenfeld vs Przepiorka  ½-½18 1927 KecskemetD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
9. Reti vs Tartakower  1-054 1928 Bad KissingenD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
10. J Rejfir vs M Oren  0-139 1928 The Hague ol (Men)D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
11. B Szijjarto Szabo vs B Hoenlinger  1-059 1930 Gyor it, HUND58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
12. Alekhine vs Tartakower 0-174 1933 Folkestone olD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
13. Riumin vs I Rabinovich 1-032 1934 LeningradD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
14. E Gereben vs L Steiner  ½-½17 1935 Tatatovaros itD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
15. J Dobias vs B Petkevic  0-132 1935 Kautsky mem 12thD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
16. I Rabinovich vs Goglidze  ½-½61 1935 MoscowD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
17. Euwe vs S Landau  ½-½40 1936 ZandvoortD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Flohr vs Capablanca ½-½45 1936 MoscowD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
19. P Dubinin vs Kotov  1-035 1936 Giant FactoryD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
20. Y Chernov vs H Heinicke  0-125 1936 Munich OlympiadD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
21. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov  1-058 1937 Bad Nauheim-Stuttgart-GarmischD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
22. S Landau vs Bogoljubov  ½-½63 1938 NoordwijkD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. J Gadalinski vs I Grynfeld ½-½25 1938 KrakowD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. F Kitto vs A Thomas  0-142 1939 BournemouthD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
25. Kotov vs V Makogonov  1-050 1939 USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-21-04  Kenkaku: Spassky was a big proponent of this statistically drawish opening.
Jul-05-04  zagor: Spassky played 98 QGD games with black and Tartakower was his favorite sub-variation. 77 of those games ended with draws. And the weirdest thing - same man was a huge proponent of King's Gambit, extremly non-drawish opening
Jul-05-04  Shadout Mapes: I'm guessing Spassky played this when he didn't want a risk. Even Fischer played it on occasion. More comments are on Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (D59) if you're interested.
Jul-05-04  zagor: Actually, before his match against Fischer, Spassky was warned by Korchnoi that Bobby could use 1.d4 as a suprise weapon. Boris just laughed and said: "Then I'll play Tartakower and he's got nothing". His bullet-proof defense failed when he needed it most.
Jul-05-04  PizzatheHut: I thought the TMB variation was defined by 8. Rc1, but considering I'm not a big opening theorist, I'm probably mistaken.
Jul-05-04  zagor: Rc1 defines anti-neo-orthodox variation.
Aug-01-04  mad knight: When confronted with the QGD-Exchange, I'd like to transpose to the TMB since the Tartakover is my usual defence against the QGD and I don't like the cramped positions in the Exchange variation. Can White oppose this and if so, how? And what's the next best thing then? Thanks and play well!
Jul-10-05  Isolani: "Notable exponents include Kasparov, Kramnik, Short, and Beliavsky - none of whom is usually happy just to draw with black."

Starting Out: the Queen's Gambit
p. 11
John Shaw

Mar-12-06  fred lennox: One can see by the position above the main traits of this opening. Black's kingside pieces are developed and the king is in safety. White's king is not. With the position closed, this is not yet an issue, kingside development is not complete. White does have central control with 3 minor pieces to one of black. White's d pawn is secure and...b6 solves the problem of the Queens bishop. One trait to this opening is it does allow black to have both bishops, or at the least, does not give white the pair advantage.
Oct-01-06  TheKid: Why does this opening draw so much at top level?

It was created by Tartakower!!

Jul-03-07  get Reti: I like this opening for black because b6 stops white from playing c5, and thus black doesn't have to play dxc5, surrendering the center.
Sep-05-08  ravel5184: Whenever anybody loses as Black in this opening, they have to write down its name 100 times and hand it in
Jul-25-12  Archswindler: At a glance, the statistics on here aren't very promising - only 16.6% chance of a win for black is enough to put me off any opening. That's from 1589 games (at the time of writing this comment). I don't expect to always win as black, but I do expect to be able to play for a win against a weaker player who only wants a draw with white, and a win percentage of 16.6% would suggest that it would be quite difficult to do so.

However, it seems that statistics don't always mean very much. I checked a much larger database (about 8000 games in this variation) to see if the statistics came out the same. Overall, black's win percentage was about 20% in that database.

I limited the search to games played since 1970, and with at least 20 moves, to cut out short GM draws and older games. Black's win percentage went up to 25%, which I think is decent enough.

I then limited the search to games between players graded 1600-2250 (i.e. those I'm likely to play against), and black's win percentage then went up to 32%, with 33% for white and 35% for draws, from about 1000 games. That seems about as good as anyone can expect from any opening playing black.

I suspect if you look at the results of any fundamentally sound opening at club level, the win percentages for white and black will come out roughly the same, with fewer draws than at master level (especially fewer short draws).

Nov-27-12  ThrillerFan: One should not base their openings on statistics. It should be based on your style of play. Unless you are facing a 2700 player, statistics can be thrown out the Window. 1700 players don't know the suttlties of inverting moves 17 and 18 of some opening and how that might change the assessment from equal to Black's dead! Play what matches your style. If you are a wild tactican who likes the Modern Benoni and Sicilian Dragon, this opening isn't for you!
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