The Queens Gambit


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- 1. The Queens Gambit
- 2. The Queens Gambit - Accepted
- 3. The Queens Gambit - Declined
- 4. The Queens Gambit - The Tartakower Defence

1. The Queens Gambit


Battle Log - Header Graphic
  1. d4 ... d5
  2. c4

Move 1, White advances his Queen's Pawn to d4; Black advances his Queen's Pawn to d5. So far, so symmetrical.

Move 2, White advances his Queen-side Bishop's Pawn to c4...

This is The Queen's Gambit, which invites Black to accept or decline capturing the Pawn on c4. Both options for Black can be seen in the videos, below.


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- 1. The Queens Gambit
- 2. The Queens Gambit - Accepted
- 3. The Queens Gambit - Declined
- 4. The Queens Gambit - The Tartakower Defence

The Queen's Gambit
- 2. Accepted -


Battle Log - Header Graphic
  1. d4 ... d5
  2. c4 ... dxc4

Moves 1 - 2, you've already seen these in The Queen's Gambit build-up ... all except for Black's response.

By accepting the Gambit, Black uses his d-file Pawn to capture (x) White's Pawn on c4.


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- 1. The Queens Gambit
- 2. The Queens Gambit - Accepted
- 3. The Queens Gambit - Declined
- 4. The Queens Gambit - The Tartakower Defence

The Queen's Gambit
- 3. Declined -


Battle Log - Header Graphic
  1. d4 ... d5
  2. c4 ... e6

Moves 1 - 2, you've already seen these in The Queens Gambit build-up ... all except for Black's response.

By declining the Gambit, Black backs-up his threatened Pawn by advancing his King's Pawn to e6.

If White were to try and capture Black's d4 Pawn, Black would simply use his e6 Pawn to counter-capture and share the middle of the board with White.


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- 1. The Queens Gambit
- 2. The Queens Gambit - Accepted
- 3. The Queens Gambit - Declined
- 4. The Queens Gambit - The Tartakower Defence

The Queen's Gambit
- 4. The Tartakower Defence -


Battle Log - Header Graphic
  1. d4 ... d5
  2. c4 ... e6
  3. Nc3 ... Nf6
  4. Bg5 ... Be7
  5. e3 ... 0-0
  6. Nf3

Moves 1 - 2, you've already seen these in The Queen's Gambit "Declined" variation ...

Move 3, White brings out his Queen's kNight to c3; Black does the opposite and brings out his King's kNight to f6.

Move 4, White sends his Queen's Bishop out to g5; Black sends his King's Bishop forward to e7 - guarding both the Queen and the active Knight.

Move 5, White advances his King's Pawn to e3; Black takes the opportunity to Castle King-side (0-0).

Move 6, White brings out his King's kNight to f3 ...

And that's The Tartakower Defence in response to The Queens Gambit


Jump to:

- 1. The Queens Gambit
- 2. The Queens Gambit - Accepted
- 3. The Queens Gambit - Declined
- 4. The Queens Gambit - The Tartakower Defence


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