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Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (D10)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6

Number of games in database: 8810
Years covered: 1848 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 36.1%
   Black wins 22.7%
   Draws 41.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Aleksej Aleksandrov  55 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  48 games
Ivan Farago  45 games
Antoaneta Stefanova  60 games
Aleksey Dreev  49 games
Valentina Gunina  46 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1924
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
Carlsen vs Y Wang, 2009
Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988
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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Green Ponds Chess Club vs Launceston Chess Club 1-0351848Launceston CC v Green Ponds CC corr matchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1391848Kennedy - Lowe mD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. J R Medley vs J Finch  1-0281849Ries' Divan TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. F Deacon vs E Lowe  1-0251851Deacon - LoweD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. H Kennedy vs J S Mucklow 1-0431851LondonD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. F Perrin vs J Thompson  0-1411855New York Chess Club TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Somacarana vs Cochrane  ½-½621855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0721855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0391855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1341856CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1571856CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Roycroft vs NN 1-0141862EnglandD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Blackburne vs K Pitschel 0-1331873ViennaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Zukertort vs Steinitz 0-1461886Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship MatchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Zukertort vs Steinitz 1-0471886Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship MatchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Zukertort vs Steinitz 1-0321886Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship MatchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Blackburne vs Gunsberg  ½-½411887Blackburne - GunsbergD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Tarrasch / allies vs Paulsen / allies 1-0491888Consultation gameD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. J Bauer vs E Schallopp 1-06418896th DSB Congress, BreslauD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Blackburne vs E Schallopp 0-14518896th DSB Congress, BreslauD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. W Hahn vs Tarrasch 0-1301890NurembergD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. G Marco vs J Bauer  0-1461890Kolisch MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Englisch vs J Bauer 1-0531890Kolisch MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. J Mason vs E Schallopp ½-½561890ManchesterD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. W Hahn vs Tarrasch 0-1321891Nuremberg clubD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Aug-08-05  CaroKannPirate: Thanks alot, Sneaky.
Sep-09-05  chess man: Here's an enjoyable game. W Hahn vs Tarrasch, 1890
Oct-04-05  Averageguy: What does "Slav" mean? Was it a player, or is it named after some country?
Oct-04-05  aw1988: Slav is country
Oct-05-05  Averageguy: <aw1988>What country?
Oct-05-05  MUG: Not a country but a ethnic and linguistic body of peoples. They are defined by speaking Slavic languages and reside chiefly in Eastern Europe, I think!

Probably the early pioneers of this opening where Slavs??

Nov-26-05  joeyam30: 1.d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dc4 5.a4 Bf5
i think that this is white's precise variation to play agaist the slav, if black plays 4...e6 (semi-slav) , white can transpose it to the exhange variation by 5.cd5 ed5 6.Bg5

i play the slav and semi-slav(meran syst) as 1 0f my best defences against 1d4

Apr-23-06  Nikita Smirnov: I really don't like the Slav nor the Semi-Slav because you are locking your Knight stopping him from comming to c6.In the Semi-Slav I don't like it because the bishop is locked on c8 very hard getting a good Bishop.Mostly I preffer Nimzo-Indian Defence as my teacher Master Jan Ullen.
May-20-06  Nikita Smirnov: I may tell the story about what Slav means.It was the old peoples in Russia and many other countrys like Slovakia,Slovenia,Ukraine,Russia and many other countrys.
May-20-06  vizir: Hello
The key idea of playing a6 is to free the Bc8 without allowing pressure on b7 & d5 by Qb3. This is also the reason why we play dxc4 before playing Bf5 (c4 controls b3) in the main line of the slav. Here black's gonna push b5 to question the c pawn. then white has 3 choices : 1. d4 d5 3. c4 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6.e3 b5

- 7. c5 Bg4 & black is preparing e5
- 7. b3 keeping the tension B moves
- 7. cxd5 (or cxb5 transposes) cxd5 and black should equalize

I'm not an expert but I hope this could help you :-)

Jul-01-06  Nikita Smirnov: Well i think that Semi Slav is better.I have drew against Shredder Classic 1.3 with Semi Slav
Oct-13-06  micartouse: Congratulations to the Slav Defense for a truly exciting performance in the World Chess Championship. Alekhine and Euwe would be proud.
Aug-01-07  realbrob: Sometimes I play with a friend of mine who plays (with White): 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 (I choose the Slav) 3.c5

I didn't find 3.c5 in the opening explorer, so I assume it's a bad move, can someone explain me why?

Aug-01-07  xKinGKooLx: I like the Slav Defence, since it frees the c8 bishop to come out to f5 or g4, depending on the circumstances, then you can play e6 later on to solidify your centre somewhat and bring out your other bishop. The QGD (2. ...e6) sort of "locks" that bishop into the defensive (unless White plays cxd4 of course, either immediately or later on.) However, I do play the QGD sometimes, for a change. Both openings have their advantages.
Jul-25-08  Cactus: In responce to the questions about a6, according to my book on the Slav (called, strangely enough, The Slav) explains: <4...a6 allows the bishop to develop outside the pawn chain to g4 or f5, since after ...Bf5, Qb3 attacking b7 can be met by ...b5, advancing the b7-pawn to a safe square, or ...Ra7! an ugly looking but brilliant thought of Julian Hodgson's.> Also, Black threatens to play ...dxc4 and keep the pawn after ...b5, and after Qb3 ...Ra7, the rook may be 'offsides', but actually, the queen is just as much; it's needed elsewhere. By the way, in responce to the whole Nf3-Nc3 debate, Nc3 is inaccurate because black can simply play 1.d4 d5
2.c4 c6
3.Nc3?! dxc4!
4.e3(or e4) b5
5.a4 b4, and the b4 pawn attacks the Knight on c3, whereas normally (with a knight on f3) it wouldn't.
Jan-21-09  unsound: In response to realbrob's question of a year and a half ago, 3.c5 is a very bad move because of 3...e5 (4.dxe5 Bxc5), which gives black central domination (e.g. 4.e3 e4; ouch).
Aug-19-09  whiteshark: Opening of the Day

<Slav, Winawer Countergambit <1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e5>>

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following the main line: <4. dxe5 d4 5. Ne4 Qa5+>

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Feb-16-10  philchess: Does anyone know how to face 3.. Bf5 or 4.. Bf5? I find it very aggressive!
Feb-17-10  nescio: <philchess: Does anyone know how to face 3.. Bf5 or 4.. Bf5? I find it very aggressive!>

As usual the great masters can show you the way, in this case to an advantageous endgame:

Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911
Schlechter vs Halprin, 1900

Jun-25-10  jbtigerwolf: In response to Cactus, how about 5a3? I'm experimenting with d4,c4,Nc3,e4 (after dxc4)... with bad results, as most of my club opp play b5, for which there is no text! (It's 'bad').

Also, there is some merit in Nc3, attacking d5 and e4 and it's a good position, so... 5a3 the answer? Or something else? I don't like early defensive moves for White, but Nc3,d4,e4 is a great centre.

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day :
Slav, Winawer Countergambit
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e5
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Slav, Winawer Countergambit
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.♘c3 e5

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Jan-13-13  Tomlinsky: An immediate 6...b5 push, rather than the established 6...Ra7, in Qb3 lines of the Chebanenko looks good to go after tests. However, I'm far from convinced that Bologan's suggested follow up plan after 6...a5 in this position is the way to go.

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The a4 pawn push should, in my opinion, only be played with a view to nudging the White Lady away from the Queen-side after White plays a3. Other position dependent considerations notwithstanding of course. The b4 push, more often than not with tempo on the c3-knight, is much more flexible. Plans such as Bc8-Ba6-Na6-Nc7-Na5/Na5 exchanging LSB's and activation the Knight, for example, are more readily achieved with less balanced options available to Black and more chances to aim for the win.

Control of the a/b files and if, when and how they are opened, if at all, are critical in these lines as this is where counterplay generally lies for White in the long run. The pawn chain, as demonstrated in A David vs Bologan, 2012 for example, looks pretty but it's extremely easy to inherit a sterile position, complete with 'King's Indian Bishop', with few chances pretty much regardless of the rating of opposition.

You're unlikely to lose of you've done your homework and are awake. On the other hand, you had better have shares in Starbucks if you actually need the win.

Oct-18-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Slav, Winawer Countergambit
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e5

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Dec-25-13  freeman8201: any one familiar with the old main line? after dxc4
5. a4 Bf5; 6. e3 e6; 7. Bxc4 Bb4; 8. O-O O-O; 9. Nh4 Bg4; 10. f3 Nd5 11. fxg4 Qxh4; 12.e4 Nxc3; 13. bxc3 Bxc3; 14. Ra3 Bb4; 15. Rh3 Qd8
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