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Queen's Pawn Game (E00)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6

Number of games in database: 6684
Years covered: 1851 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 35.8%
   Black wins 25.7%
   Draws 38.4%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Evgeny Gleizerov  121 games
Gennadi Sosonko  60 games
Petr Haba  47 games
Vereslav Eingorn  56 games
Keith Arkell  39 games
Nigel Short  33 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Reshevsky vs G N Treysman, 1938
Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2010
Kramnik vs E Alekseev, 2007
Alatortsev vs Levenfish, 1937
Aronian vs Topalov, 2008
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2011
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 page 1 of 268; games 1-25 of 6,684 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Loewenthal vs H Buckle 0-1581851Buckle - Loewenthal MatchE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-0411855CalcuttaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Blackburne vs G MacDonnell 0-1311867Dundee CongressE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. C Salvioli vs L Crosara 1-0181883Italian ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Zukertort vs J Noa 0-1451887FrankfurtE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. J L Logan vs Showalter  0-1281891Odds gameE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Pillsbury vs H Wolf 1-0361902Monte CarloE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Marshall vs S R Barrett  1-0231906Simul, 20bE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. C Curt vs J Benjamin Kopf  1-0311907Brooklyn CC ChE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. E Cummings vs G Brown  1-0341908New South Wales ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Rubinstein vs Janowski 1-0451911San SebastianE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Schlechter vs E Cohn  ½-½24191218th DSB KongressE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Vidmar vs Reti 1-0331914MannheimE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Euwe vs J Davidson 0-1361921The HagueE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. B Arvidsson vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½321922SimulE00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Bogoljubov vs Opocensky 1-0421922Bad PistyanE00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Janowski vs Ed. Lasker  1-0621922New YorkE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Rubinstein vs S Takacs 1-0241922ViennaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Y Vilner vs B Verlinsky  1-0231925USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. B Rivlin vs Botvinnik 0-1331925RussiaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. I Rabinovich vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  ½-½411925MoscowE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Rubinstein vs Levenfish 1-0381925MoscowE00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Alekhine vs V Kahn 1-0361926Scarborough Premier (A)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. K Havasi vs H Mattison  ½-½151926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. H Mueller vs H Mattison  ½-½81926BardejovE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-04-03  Whitehat1963: Such an old opening, yet seems to be gradually gaining in popularity.
Apr-17-04  ruylopez900: <> Two things. The diagram above has 3.g6 that the move list does not.

Also I believe this is the Catalan Opening, however it may not be defined as such yet, I'm not sure but I do believe the Catalan arises from that diagrammed position.

Apr-20-04  PaulKeres: My plan when I play these moves, is to continue with 3...c5 as Black. I don't believe there is an ECO with this 3rd move for Black, is there? If there isn't is this because it is not such a good move? I don't want to get to heavily into theory, but also don't want to play weak moves. Unfortunately the main lines enevitably seem to be the best, so <is 3...c5 a reasonable move? >
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  AgentRgent: PaulKeres: Opening Explorer gives 31.3% White 40.5% Draw and 28.2% Black after 3...c5. Those numbers really are respectable, and, according to this database at least, 3...c5 is actually Best!
Apr-21-04  PaulKeres: Thanks <AgentRgent>. That is very reasuring indeed, I shall continue with 3...c5 then, until I have my own evidence not to (if I do)
Jul-23-04  PaulKeres: <>, I think ruylopez900 is right. I thought E00 was the Neo-Catalan, and had to involve 3. g3, and that there in fact is no ECO for <1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6> exactly. However there is another site which quotes <1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6> as EOO, namely

Why is it there seems to be a disrepency? Which is right?

May-22-05  Backward Development: <d<i<a<g<r<a<m<?<?<?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?> sorry, I just like the cool color effects. ;-)
Feb-27-06  Eliskases: I would like to refer to the position after the following moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3?! Now, here my hopes of playing the Nimzo\Bogo Indian were shattered, even the attempt to play a sort of Queen's Indian would face some difficulties, due to the aggravating 3.a3?!. So, am I forced to get into the QGD lines with 3...d5, or even Benoni lines with 3...c5 (which I prefer to avoid), or is there a way to refute White's irritating 3rd move?
Feb-27-06  Mating Net: <Eliskases> 3.a3 in the given line is hardly challenging. While it does prevent the Nimzo Indian, Black can just drive on with a Queen's Indian setup. Black has to push his c & d pawns at the right time. He should be no worse than equal after the opening.

Check out Benito Aragoneses,Miguel Angel vs Je Nunez, 2001 for some possibilities.

Feb-27-06  gus inn: interesting questions <Eliskases>. 1.3a3 doesnt belong in the Benoni as <Mating Net> has referred to.Check out yourself. 2.An idea.Why dont you allow 3.Nc3-Bb4.4.Nf3 the almost forgotten Kasparovvariation (idea: to play p.g3 and Bg2 and healthy and" out of the books") just an idea - many have forgotten about it.
Jul-11-06  niemzo: Mating Net is right. This opening shouldn't worry anybody. I played against it recently and my position out of the opening was very good, even though i had never seen it before. b6 Bb7 is the main idea for black in my opinion, putting pressure on the e4 square.
Sep-28-07  pawnofdoom: Amazing how Topalov appears three times in the notable games section, playing black each time
Sep-28-07  MaxxLange: I thought "Queen's Pawn Game" usually means the systems where White plays d4 but not c4
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: I thought the Queen's Pawn Game was just 1. d4 d5
Apr-01-10  rapidcitychess: <mating net> That is not too good. The QID is practically refuted by the Petrosian. And a3 is the Petrosian. Playing the Benoni is exellent. In a sharp position he has wasted a tempo. 3.. d5 is also good. But only play the Tartakower. The Ortho-QGD will allow him to transpose. 3.. c5 is the best way to punish him.


Sep-16-11  Bengambit: The move 3....c5 has good opening possibilities for black's Queen side. I kind of like it myself..........
Jul-18-20  rmraovich: E00 MAINLINE VARIATION

E00: Queen's pawn game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6

Queen's pawn game
E00 Sub-variants:

Queen's pawn game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 <---- MAINLINE VARIATION...

Neo-Indian (Seirawan) attack
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Bg5

Catalan opening
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3

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