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Black Repertoire: 1. d4 d5
Compiled by libertyjack

Dear reader,

Not everyone knows that mastering the queen's gambit declined is essential for anyone wanting to become a strong positional player. But I realized it and I will continue to play it until I become a strong player.

It is based mostly on Matthew Sadler's book 'The Queen's Gambit Declined', except for chapter 3 where I did a bit of research on the internet and with the opening explorer.

Specialists of the Queen's Gambit Declined that you will follow are Nigel Short, Efim Geller and Alexander G Beliavsky

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 It's the idea of <Geller> to play this move. It stops any exchange variation with Bg5, notably the most dangerous for black of them all.

I) Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange Variation <4. cxd5 exd5>

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II) Queen's Gambit Declined Bf4

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A very fashionable and complicated variation for both sides


III) Queen's Gambit Declined Tartakower Variation Main Line <4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. e3 0-0 7. Bh6 b6>

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IV) Playing against d pawn rare systems

a) Stonewall attack.

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A Abdul Rahman vs M Aboudi, 2010 is a very concrete example of the risks for white in this (too) slow opening

b) Colle-Zukertort system

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The white player wants to hack your kings but as usual central counterplay is the key answer

W John vs Nimzowitsch, 1910

c) Pure Colle System <2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 e6>

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"The deadly pawn triangle", as Kingscrusher says, is not that deadly but is certainly to be considered seriously

E El Gindy vs S Halkias, 2003, E P Nirmal vs P Mohana, 2008

d) Levitsky attack <2. Bg5 Nf6>

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A favorite of Hodgson that aims to bring unusual positions to the board

* <3. Bxf6>

Van der Wiel vs Timman, 1990 R Djurhuus vs Carlsen, 2006, I Rogers vs Kasparov, 2001, H Borchgrevink vs V Akobian, 1996

e) The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit < 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 c6>


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A crazy opening that it quite unsound. Castling queenside will annoy white over-agressive players.

Psakhis vs Geller, 1982 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 24 moves, 0-1

A V Kharitonov vs Geller, 1989
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 45 moves, 0-1

Hoi vs Geller, 1980 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 30 moves, 0-1

A Abdul Rahman vs M Aboudi, 2010
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

F Bruno vs S Jessel, 2009
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Gao vs D Shen, 2011 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

E P Nirmal vs P Mohana, 2008
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 0-1

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