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Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch (D33)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 g3

Number of games in database: 444
Years covered: 1908 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 43.5%
   Black wins 20.9%
   Draws 35.6%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Frank Marshall  19 games
Akiba Rubinstein  15 games
Georg Rotlewi  8 games
Gosta Stoltz  13 games
Gideon Stahlberg  10 games
Rudolf Spielmann  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911
J Brach Sr vs J R von Pessler, 1910
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1912
T D van Scheltinga vs Stahlberg, 1950
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 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 444  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Schlechter vs F Duz-Khotimirsky 1-0261908PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Marshall vs Salwe  ½-½481908PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Vidmar vs Spielmann 1-0651908PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Rubinstein vs J Kvicala ½-½601908PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Marshall vs Von Bardeleben 1-046190816th DSB KongressD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Marshall vs Przepiorka 1-028190816th DSB KongressD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Marshall vs F G Jacob 1-047190816th DSB KongressD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Marshall vs W John  ½-½30190816th DSB KongressD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. M Brody vs Von Bardeleben  1-072190816th DSB KongressD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-0381908LodzD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. Marshall vs J Mieses 1-0271908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. Marshall vs J Mieses 0-1431908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Marshall vs J Mieses 1-0481908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Marshall vs J Mieses 1-0301908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Rubinstein vs S Von Freymann 1-0201909RUSD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Rubinstein vs Salwe  0-1201909Triple round robin All-Russian tournamentD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. P List vs V M Vladimirov  1-0211909Ch Southern RussiaD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. D Daniuszewski vs V Nikolaev  ½-½351909All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Rubinstein vs J Perlis ½-½381909St. PetersburgD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Rotlewi vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½491909All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Rotlewi vs B Gregory 1-0241909All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Marshall vs Capablanca ½-½301909Capablanca - MarshallD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Rubinstein vs J Mieses 0-1241909Rubinstein - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Marshall vs Capablanca 0-1491909Capablanca - MarshallD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Moscow vs Riga 0-13519092nd Riga v. Moscow matchD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-07-05  refutor: any opinions on the swedish variation 6. ...c4? it is still played irregularly nowadays. worth a shot?
Jul-07-05  e4Newman: out of curiosity (i never play the line), what would 6...c4 accomplish?
Jul-07-05  MUG: I’ve never played 6...c4 either, and would be interested to know the logic behind it (Avoid having to play with an isolated queens pawn??). I notice it can often lead to a very open centre with good piece play for Black,

A Kuligowski vs Ricardo Calvo Minguez, 1978

But if White does not try to rush things, and continues with natural development before playing the pawn to e4 (e.g. 7.Bg2 Bb4 8. 0-0 Nge7 9. e4) then the statistics don’t seem to favour Black much: 72% win percentage for White! (according to the Opening Explorer)

Keeping the tension and developing with the more common 6…Nf6 is preferable in my opinion.

Jul-07-05  acirce: <But if White does not try to rush things, and continues with natural development before playing the pawn to e4 (e.g. 7.Bg2 Bb4 8. 0-0 Nge7 9. e4) then the statistics don’t seem to favour Black much: 72% win percentage for White!>

Yes, this is how White should play. It is considered favourable for him and with good reason.

However, practical play is something else. This leads to *white* getting an isolated pawn instead of black, and depending on level and other circumstances, I guess this can be confusing. White needs to know the theory well which is less likely in a sideline of a line that isn't all that common to begin with.

Jul-07-05  MUG: <This leads to *white* getting an isolated pawn instead of black>

Good point, but if White is uncomfortable with this I notice he can often force the exchange of the isolated pawn for Blacks advanced c-pawn.

Gligoric vs B Kostic, 1947

However, I agree that the games often end up very open affairs where the better player 'should' prevail.

On a side note, this game impressed me. What a pawn!!

Ftacnik vs G Miralles, 1988

Jul-07-05  Shams: the model game against the Swedish variation must be this game, round six at Zurich: Reshevsky vs Stahlberg, 1953

after I first played through this game I swore I would never allow my opponent an isolated d-pawn. I'm sure black players have come up with a better response to Reshevsky's 11.Qc2 in the last 50 years, though.

Jul-07-05  paul dorion: The notable games for the Tarrasch are suprisingly old. I know that Keres , Tal , Spassky (WC match 69) and Kasparov have played it with success.
Jul-07-05  refutor: <paul dorion> those are just the notable game for this line...the main line of the tarrasch is Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch (D34) with 6. ...Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7
Oct-15-05  elh: I think the point of pushing ahead with c4 is to have three pawns to two on the queenside (pawn majority). Black wants to push one through and queen.
Feb-04-06  LluviaSean: this hasnt a very high win percentage for black does it? what is the best opening for black against the queen's gambit?

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