Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...e6/2. Nc3/2...Nf6

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Queen's Gambit Declined
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)


Queen's Gambit Declined[edit | edit source]

This is the classical main-line of the QGD. White has several options, though some of these may transpose into each other at some point:

  • 4. cxd5 - The exchange variation. Unlike other exchange variations notorious for yielding a quiet game (e.g. French, Caro-Kann), this exchange has several aggressive plans including the "minority attack" on the queenside or a preparation for an all-out assault by seizing the center by an eventual e2-e4 or e3-e4.
  • 4. Nf3 - This is the solid classical option.
  • 4. Bg5 - Since this move is usually played anyway, it is both constructive while keeping options open.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 N46


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