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Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (D59)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 O-O 6 Nf3 h6
7 Bh4 b6 8 cxd5 Nxd5

Number of games in database: 365
Years covered: 1922 to 2016
Overall record:
   White wins 15.3%
   Black wins 18.6%
   Draws 66.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Bent Larsen  8 games
Salomon Flohr  7 games
Petrosian  6 games
Efim Geller  11 games
Boris Spassky  10 games
Rafael Vaganian  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972
Spassky vs Pachman, 1962
Flohr vs Capablanca, 1936
M Bertok vs Fischer, 1962
Timman vs Geller, 1973
Winants vs Kasparov, 1987
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 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 365  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Saemisch vs V Vukovic 0-138 1922 ViennaD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
2. J Davidson vs Tartakower  ½-½39 1926 SpaD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
3. V Berger vs Tartakower  0-156 1927 Hastings 1926/27D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
4. L Savitsky vs I Rabinovich  1-051 1932 Leningrad ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
5. D Podhorzer vs B Hoenlinger  0-134 1933 Trebitsch mem 16thD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
6. Chekhover vs V Makogonov ½-½66 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
7. Bogoljubov vs Tartakower  ½-½55 1936 ZandvoortD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
8. Flohr vs Capablanca 1-064 1936 NottinghamD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
9. Simon Rubinstein vs B Hoenlinger  ½-½15 1936 Trebitsch Memorial 19thD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
10. A Budo vs A Ebralidze  ½-½25 1937 URS-ch10D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
11. Lilienthal vs V Makogonov  0-157 1937 URS-ch10D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
12. A Budo vs Levenfish  ½-½51 1937 Ch URSD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
13. A Ebralidze vs Rauzer  ½-½31 1937 URS-ch10D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
14. A Budo vs V Makogonov  0-141 1938 URS-ch sfD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
15. Botvinnik vs Bondarevsky ½-½64 1939 USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
16. I Pogrebissky vs Bondarevsky  0-130 1939 USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
17. S Belavenets vs V Makogonov  ½-½30 1939 USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
18. Foltys vs J Dobias  1-062 1940 RakovnikD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
19. V Makogonov vs Bondarevsky  ½-½23 1940 USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
20. V Makogonov vs M Stolberg  ½-½53 1940 USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
21. R Palme vs K Rahn  1-044 1941 GER-chD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
22. H Meyer vs B Rabar  0-133 1941 Trencianske TepliceD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
23. M Milan vs B Rabar  1-034 1941 Trencianske TepliceD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
24. Kieninger vs B Rabar  ½-½31 1941 MunichD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
25. Ragozin vs Smyslov 0-157 1942 Ch MoscowD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-06-03  JustAFish: This is a great opening for pulling off a draw against that opponent who is rated 400 points higher than you. One exchanges down into a clear, placid, late-middle game in which is is hard for either side to gain an advantage. One of my favorite security blankets.
Mar-06-03  kostich in time: The stats on this opening are incredible..Im pretty sure most amateurs know this opening only on the basis of Bobbys great win versus Boris ..but Fischer ocasionaly played it himself(see Bertok_Fischer, Stockholm1962.)
Jul-16-05  bomb the bishop: <JustAFish> Couldn't agree with you more, I use the queens gambit declined hoping for this line, when I play against a higher rated oponent who uses d4, and when playing someone around my level I ussually prefer the Benoni
Mar-12-06  Ludamad: Whoa, is there any opening more drawish than this (by stats) ?
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  jamesmaskell: Apart from the starting position... :) Theres a lot of draws there. Its been played 227 times which means that it just sounds like a lot.
Mar-29-06  Ludamad: I meant by percent
Apr-12-07  Scarecrow: Very drawish opening indeed, but I found this: Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation (D14) One full percent more of draws there. (70,5 to 69,5 at the time of posting)
Aug-26-07  2021: Purdy gives the continuation 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Qa3 Rc8 14.Be2 Nd7 15.0-0 a6 16.Rfd1 Qf8 17.b3 Nf6 18.dxc5 bxc5 19.Ne5 Rc7 20.Bf3 a5 21.Nd3 c4 22.Qxf8+ Rxf8 23.Nf4 Rfc8 24.Ne2 cxb3 25.Rxc7 Rxc7 26.axb3 Rc2 27.Nd4 and "a draw is foreshadowed."
Aug-26-07  2021: However in the famous game Fischer-Spassky, Fischer played Furman's 14.Bb5.
May-20-08  fromoort: <2021>Neil McDonald says that Fischer's move has been refuted by Geller's Qb7! See McDonald's book "Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined."
May-20-08  littlefermat: <fromoort> Here is the game.

Timman vs Geller, 1973

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