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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: 1824
Years covered: 1922 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 29.7%
   Black wins 17.0%
   Draws 53.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Anatoly Karpov  23 games
Lajos Portisch  23 games
Predrag Nikolic  21 games
Alexander Beliavsky  62 games
Efim Geller  48 games
Rafael Vaganian  46 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977
Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983
E Magerramov vs Kasparov, 1977
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1933
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 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,824  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs Tartakower ½-½421922LondonD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
2. E Jacobsen vs Tartakower 0-1341923CopenhagenD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
3. J Bernstein vs Tartakower  ½-½361923KarlsbadD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. Janowski vs Tartakower 0-1331926SemmeringD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
5. Vidmar vs Tartakower 1-0651926SemmeringD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
6. Colle vs Tartakower  ½-½571926AmsterdamD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
7. Rubinstein vs H Duhm 1-0441926HannoverD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
8. Gruenfeld vs Przepiorka  ½-½181927KecskemetD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
9. J Rejfir vs M Oren  0-1391928The Hague ol (Men)D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
10. Reti vs Tartakower 1-0541928Bad KissingenD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
11. B Szijjarto Szabo vs B Hoenlinger  1-0591930GyorD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
12. Alekhine vs Tartakower 0-1741933OlympiadD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
13. Riumin vs I Rabinovich 1-0321934LeningradD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
14. J Dobias vs B Petkevic  0-1321935Kautsky mem 12thD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
15. H Steiner vs Abel Perez  1-0531935Mexican International MastersD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
16. I Rabinovich vs Goglidze  ½-½611935MoscowD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
17. E Gereben vs L Steiner  ½-½171935Tatatovaros itD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. P Dubinin vs Kotov 1-0351936Giant FactoryD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
19. Flohr vs Capablanca ½-½451936MoscowD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
20. Euwe vs S Landau  ½-½401936ZandvoortD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
21. N Chernov vs H Heinicke  0-1251936Munich OlympiadD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
22. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov  1-0581937Bad Nauheim-Stuttgart-GarmischD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. S Landau vs Bogoljubov  ½-½631938NoordwijkD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. Kotov vs V Makogonov  1-0501939USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
25. Kotov vs Bondarevsky  ½-½371939USSR 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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