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Queen's Gambit Accepted (D20)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4

Number of games in database: 4644
Years covered: 1620 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 40.1%
   Black wins 23.8%
   Draws 36.1%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Aleksey Dreev  43 games
Anatoly Karpov  37 games
Alexander G Beliavsky  30 games
Hrvoje Stevic  67 games
Sergei Rublevsky  57 games
Michele Godena  39 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006
Greco vs NN, 1620
Gelfand vs Anand, 1993
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015
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 page 1 of 186; games 1-25 of 4,644  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Greco vs NN 1-061620Miscellaneous gameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Greco vs NN 1-0231620Miscellaneous gameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. G Atwood vs Philidor ½-½401794LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. J Wilson vs G Atwood 1-0481795CasualD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. J Sarratt vs NN 1-0121818LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0261834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 2nd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0291834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0291834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0291834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 3rd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0301834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 3rd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 0-1301834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 3rd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0301834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0351834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0351834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 2nd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0361834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 3rd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 0-1361834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 4th Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0451834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 0-1471834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 3rd Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0631834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 6th Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell ½-½931834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 4th Casual MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. von der Lasa vs Hensel 1-0151836BerlinD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Eck vs von der Lasa 0-1521836BerlinD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. F Slous vs W M Popert  1-0341836Casual gameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Eck vs von der Lasa 0-181837Berlin m4D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. von der Lasa vs P Bilguer 1-0131837Berlin m1D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Jan-05-07  who: <<vampiero> I quote <Mar-25-05 Sneaky: Here's a neat line that busts up computers (and greedy beginners) that don't have very good opening books: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 b5 4.Nc3 Bd7 5.a4 c6 6.axb5 cxb5 7.d5! (Hans Berliner) and now if 7...e6 or 7...e5 White plays 8.dxe6 and there is no good recapture; e.g. 8...fxe6 9.Nxb5! Bxb5 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Qxb5 "and Black wonders why he chose this defense in the first place." (Berliner) >> Bereliner gives 7...a5 8.Nf3 as best for black. Incidentally I beat Fritz with this line.

[Event "Blitz:1'+2" (with takebacks for me)]
[Site "MyTown"]
[Date "2007.01.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "who"]
[Black "Fritz 8"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D20"]
[Annotator "who"]
[PlyCount "167"]
[EventDate "2007.??.??"]
[TimeControl "60+2"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 b5 4.a4 c6 5.axb5 cxb5 6.Nc3 Bd7 7.d5 a5 8.Nf3 Qc7 9.Nd4 Qc5 10.Be3 Qb4 11.e5 1 e6 6 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Ra2 Ra6 14.Qf3 Bc6 15.Qf4 Bd7 16.Be2 g6 17.O-O Bh6 18.Qg3 a4 19.Ne4 Bf8 20.Bf3 Bg7 21.Rd1 Qf8 22.Bg5 h6 23.Nxb5 hxg5 24.Nc7+ Kd8 25.Nxa6 Nxa6 26.Rxa4 Nc7 27.Qxg5+ Qe7 28.Rxc4 Nd5 29.h3 Qxg5 30.Nxg5 Ke8 31.Bxd5 exd5 32.Rxd5 Ne7 33.Ra5 Nc6 34.Ra6 Bxe5 35.Raxc6 Bxc6 36.Rxc6 Bxb2 37.Rxg6 Bc1 38.Nf3 Ke7 39.Rg4 Kf7 40.Ra4 Kg7 41.Kh2 Rf8 2 42.Ra7+ Kg6 43.Ne5+ Kf5 44.Rf7+ Rxf7 45.Nxf7 Kf6 46.Nd8 Bf4+ 47.g3 Bc7 48.Nc6 Kf5 49.Kg2 Ke4 50.h4 Bd6 51.f3+ Kd5 52.Nd8 Be7 53.Nf7 Ke6 54.Ng5+ Ke5 55.Ne4 Kf5 56.Nf2 Kg6 57.Kh3 Kf5 58.Nd3 Kf6 59.g4 Bd6 60.f4 Ba3 61.Kg3 Bf8 62.h5 Bh6 63.Ne5 Ke6 64.g5 Bf8 65.Kg4 Bg7 66.h6 Bf8 67.h7 Bg7 68.Ng6 Kf7 69.h8=Q Bxh8 70.Nxh8+ Kf8 71.Ng6+ Ke8 72.f5 Kd7 73.Nf4 Ke7 74.g6 Kf6 75.Nh5+ Ke5 76.g7 Ke4 77.g8=Q Kd3 78.Qe6 Kc3 79.Qd5 Kb2 80.Qc4 Kb1 81.Nf4 Kb2 82.Nd3+ Kb1 83.Qc3 Ka2 84.Qb2# 1-0

Apr-12-07  Knight13: Some books on this opening:

<"Queen's Gambit Accepted"> by Iakov Neishtadt.

<"The Queen's Gambit Accepted: A Sharp and Sound Response to 1. d4" by Chris Ward.> (1/3 of this book is focused on 3. e4. The author claims that e4 is the real test to this opening and that it's "the way to refute the QGA.")

<"Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted"> by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik.

<"Easy Guide to the Queen's Gambit Accepted"> by Graeme Buckley.

<"How to Beat 1 D4: A Sound and Ambitious Repertoire Based on the Queen's Gambit Accepted"> by James Rizzitano

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  plang: The books by Neishtadt and Ward are both excellent.
Aug-10-07  Kriegspiel: I'd like more information (game collections, theoretical background, stats, citations, etc.) on this version of the QGA:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 a6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 b5 and after 6.Bb3 or 6.Bd3, 6...Bb7.

Aug-10-07  exchangesacrifice: I didnt find any games with such moves in the Mega Database, but I think 5. f3 is stronger to protect the e4 pawn, after Nf3 Black should have a good game against the pawn ( if white pushes e5 then the d4 pawn and d5 square are weak)
Aug-10-07  Kriegspiel: <exchangesacrifice> What's the "Mega Database"?

Anyway, the last time the online games collection at was working (it hasn't been functional for the last several days at least) there were two wins by Black, two by White, and four draws, if I recall correctly, from the move sequence I gave. I don't recall 5.f3 and can't double-check on it now (because the database isn't working -- moving 1.e4 gets the response "found 0 games", and that in a database of 3.5 million games!).

Aug-21-07  exchangesacrifice: <Kriegspiel> Sorry to be late for 11 days but Mega Database is a databse which contains very many games I have the 2005 edition, but I don't believe that thngs have changed within 2 years
Oct-29-08  Nietzowitsch: <Kriegspiel> Sine causa nihil fit.
Feb-13-09  freeman8201: Has the <Queen's Gambit Accepted: Linares Variation> been refuted? I don't see it played in the new century. Anand & Ponomariov seemed to be the leaders of this line but discontinued the line in favor of the Mcdonnell? 3. e4 e5 or ala Alekhine (3. e4 Nf6). And I notice Sergey Karjakin only played the line once which resulted in a loss. After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 c5 4. d5 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 b5 6. ♗f4 ♗a6 7. ♘f3! and Black has to make a commital move he wish didn't have to.

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This line is fun as black but I've had terrible results if white plays 7. ♘f3!. I've seen some games where black plays 6...♕a5 but I think Ba6 is better.

Feb-22-09  FiveofSwords: well I also love the queens gambit accepted. I tried the grunfeld for a long time, and the slav of course, everyone just has to check out what is popular with the 'top' players. But I find that in all those lines white does have ways to not necessarily be ambitious but just restrict you (although also the exchange sac grunfeld line is just a friggen nightmare). The QGA is pretty much the only thing I found that black can be certain that he will get nice active squares for his peices. Objectively I think white remains slightly better in many lines, But black still has a position where its quite possible to outplay white, since he usully has a decent activity agains the white kingside and/or good endgame prospects with a stronger queenside and/or isolated white's d pawn. If you like the QGA you might want to check out the petroff...because the two transpose a lot. They also both have a slightly drawish reputation but this is not necessarily deserved. Black has many options in many lines and if he wants to win theres always some opportunity to play some risky move, since he has enough activity normally to support it.
Feb-22-09  FiveofSwords: <freeman8201>. Hmm that position in the diagram looks really scarey to me. I really would not want to deal with this as black. White is just cutting into so many sensitive parts in your position and the d5 pawn is just cruel. I can see how black might have some ideas for winning but he sure is going to have to work for it heh...i really prefer 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dc 3 e4 e5. Its nice and open and you have a lot more of your bits under control. white can usually menace your king a little but its never really quite enough.
Feb-22-09  FiveofSwords: <Azaris> you shouldnt go around telling people all your novelties hehe. Anyway, yeah, thats interesting, I also found this line quite a while ago and noted it as vaguely interesting. I came to the conclusion rather easily that black should not play 7..Nxe4. 7...Bc5 8 Nb3 and THEN nxe4. 9 0-0 Bb6. I think the position should be about equal, im sure that white has compensation for the pawn somewhere, but its up to him to prove it and its not so obvious. Id feel comfortable playing the black side and although a draw seems likely its not impossible at all that black manages to keep his pawn and convert it.
Feb-22-09  FiveofSwords: <azaris> oh nevermind you mentioned that in a later post. No I dont like Nd7, white might not take your bishop, then your knight sits there looking goofy. In the game you mentioned black DID have the option of 12...Be6 13 bxe6 fxe6 rxe6 Kf7, when white restores the material imbalance but I think the position actually favors black (but pretty drawish, certainly) But if he wanted to keep the pawn then f8 was clearly the wrong square for black to mvoe his king. He simply cannot tolerate a rook on this e file for the amount of time it takes white to finially develop his queensdie to challenge it. Black was probably a relatively weak player. Kd8 is by far more logical, with the idea to play Re8 very quickly.
Aug-07-09  WhiteRook48: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 favors white!
Sep-02-09  Formula7: Can Black hold on to the pawn after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Qd5?
Oct-20-09  Manic: <Formula7> To me it looks too dangerous. 4.Nc3 gives white a free tempo and with e4, Nf3, Bf4 coming white's development advantage looks too good, especially when the black queen presents a target for white's pieces.
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  GrahamClayton: Do any chesschatters play as Black the variation where an early…Be6 is played, in order to support the pawn on c4? The blocking of the e-pawn seems to be a large price to play for supporting the pawn on c4.
Dec-26-10  GilesFarnaby: I have been exploring the classical variation in my comments on these games:

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

Ehlvest vs Ivanchuk, 1995


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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Queen's Gambit Accepted, Central Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4
Jun-27-11  bartonlaos: The Queen's Gambit Accepted is said to have been called the "Gambit of Aleppo" by Philipp Stamma
Mar-27-12  Heartbreak Hotel: I wonder if after

1. d4 d5
2. c4 dxc4
3. e3 b5
4. a4 Bd7
5. axb5 Bxb5
6. Qf3 Nc6

it is possible to defend the gambit pawn. Please let me know Your opinion.

Mar-27-12  Marmot PFL: < Heartbreak Hotel> Isn't 7 Bxc4 just an instant win?
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Queen's Gambit Accepted, Central Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4

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When I first saw this opening, I would play 3.e4, building a center, and looking to regain the pawn.

Oct-23-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Queen's Gambit Accepted, Central Variation
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4

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