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Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (D47)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Bd3 dxc4
7 Bxc4

Number of games in database: 2321
Years covered: 1911 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 32.1%
   Black wins 24.6%
   Draws 43.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Boris Gelfand  33 games
Ivan Sokolov  23 games
Zdenko Kozul  23 games
Alexey Dreev  60 games
Alexey Shirov  37 games
Viswanathan Anand  29 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008
Karpov vs Anand, 1998
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006
Aronian vs Anand, 2013
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996
Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005
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 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,321  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hafe vs S Von Freymann 0-1191911Cologne-AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Teichmann vs Rubinstein  ½-½271923KarlsbadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. H Mueller vs G Nagy  ½-½381924GyorD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. A Vajda vs Hromadka  ½-½391925Berlin/Budapest/Prag/ViennaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Bogoljubov vs Gruenfeld 0-1601925Baden-BadenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Saemisch vs A Becker  ½-½301925BreslauD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Capablanca vs Lasker ½-½291925MoscowD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Rubinstein vs Lasker 0-1571925MoscowD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Capablanca vs Alekhine ½-½281927New YorkD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. V Berger vs G A Thomas  1-0311927LondonD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Saemisch vs W Von Holzhausen  1-0401928It Cafe KoenigD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Bogoljubov vs W Von Holzhausen  1-0261928It Cafe KoenigD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Reti vs Rubinstein 1-0211928BerlinD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Capablanca vs Spielmann ½-½681928BerlinD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Duchamp vs L Szwarcman ½-½131929ParisD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. H Geiger vs Pirc  0-1481929Rogaska SlatinaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Alekhine / Bogoljubov vs Dr. P 1-0281929Berlin alternating sD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. J Rejfir vs E R Lundin  1-0201930Hamburg OlympiadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. J Rejfir vs Noteboom 1-0371931Prague OlympiadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Capablanca vs Euwe ½-½271931Capablanca - EuweD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Bogoljubov vs Vidmar  ½-½651931BledD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. C Kottnauer vs Bogoljubov 1-0321932Prague clock simulD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. J Dobias vs Z Vecsey  1-0221932Kautsky memD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Spielmann vs E Eliskases  ½-½261933Ebensee fin-AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. E Eliskases vs E Canal  0-1621933BudapestD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-27-04  afshins: chess is very beautiful for me
Aug-28-04  Lawrence: <afshins>, welcome, a lot of us feel the same way. And even those of us who have no great natural talent for it still find it a fascinating game.
Aug-29-04  afshins: i am breathing by chess only.
Aug-13-05  bomb the bishop: Is D47 more recommendable than D49 for black?
Nov-10-05  vampiero: How many of you guys play the 8. Be2 variation instead of Bd3 and whats ur history with it cause i was thinking of trying it out
Premium Chessgames Member
  gambitfan: Don't we have the wrong move order with this :

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7

after : 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 then 3 cd ed 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 Bg5 Be7... and this is very favourable for White...

The right move order seems for me to be :

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Nc3 c6 5 e3 Nbd7

Aug-16-06  actual: <1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 then 3 cd ed 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 Bg5 Be7... and this is very favourable for White...>

Isn't that a little bit of a stretch...

Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: I see that there is Meran variation of this opening, now the question, is Meran's first name Lemon?!
Feb-16-08  get Reti: What do you all think of 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 <<b4>> 9. Ne4? I like it because it prevents white from playing e4.
Feb-17-08  nescio: <get Reti> If you like it, you should play it, as long as you are not aware of a refutation. Sveshnikov seems to agree with you. Black's pawn structure is weakened, but I have looked briefly at the follwing games and I think it is quite playable:

Polugaevsky vs Sveshnikov, 1973
A Zakharov vs Sveshnikov, 1976
Bagirov vs Sveshnikov, 1977
V Shalimov vs Sveshnikov, 2000
V Baikov vs Sveshnikov, 2001
G Tunik vs Sveshnikov, 2002
Y Pelletier vs Sveshnikov, 2004
Z Mamedjarova vs Sveshnikov, 2004
P Staniszewski vs Sveshnikov, 2005
F Berkes vs Sveshnikov, 2006

As you can see, Sveshnikov seems to have abondoned it for a while, but then came back to it.

The fact that Mecking has also played 8...b4 is an extra recommendation and the game Reshevsky vs Mecking, 1970 points out another possibility for White: 9.Na4.

Oct-17-09  deputy1: To Wannabe Merano is a place in Italy where they make glass I think they took the O off but there I may be wrong
May-23-11  ZeejDonnelly: It seems that masters and amateurs participate in different language games concerning chess. They, of course, agree on the basic rules of chess -- one can't castle through check, for example. But the nebula of high chess theory seems inaccessible to those like me.

GM: Ah! The Meran-Wade variation of the Semi-Slav!
A: Meran-Wade? Semi-Slav? But my name is ZJ Fabianczyk and I'm Polish-American!

Such is the difference in my understanding of chess, and that of brilliant theoreticians, masters, the stuff that legends are made of.

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