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Re: Queen's Gambit... exchange and black is lost!
Reply #4 - 12/11/16 at 11:51:18
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Pingudon wrote on 12/10/16 at 18:12:32:
Is this variation really so strong?


Reading Max Illingworth's updates I get the impression that Black is generally fine against the exchange.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit... exchange and black is lost!
Reply #3 - 12/11/16 at 01:06:03
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You can start with 1...e6, and if people go into the usual 4.cxd5 stuff, you can also enter into the Semi-Tarrasch a la Kramnik. This is what I'm doing lately. I don't think Black has any huge problems, and it's certainly a little more double-edged that the Exchange QGD proper.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit... exchange and black is lost!
Reply #2 - 12/10/16 at 19:46:48
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Play 1...e6  and then Nf6 and then d5. This way you are going to avoid some exchange variations. Black holds OK but it's not easy to get winning chances,  as Black.

If White  plays 3.Nc3 he is in the way of aging the QGD exchange anyway,  but at least 50% (usually more) you will face 3. Nf3,  where is less probable the move cxd5.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit... exchange and black is lost!
Reply #1 - 12/10/16 at 19:01:36
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I tend to think of it like this:  if you were to study, say, the recent Chess Publishing material in which Max I. opines that "White can’t count on an advantage in the main line of the Exchange QGD," should you be terrified that it will be insufficient against your opponents?
  
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Queen's Gambit... exchange and black is lost!
12/10/16 at 18:12:32
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All the books of opening theory suggest exchange variation against the QGD (so it must be very strong and easy to play) . Super GM begin their games as if they are going to play Nimzo and only once 3.Nf3 is played they move 3...d5. So they are afraid of the exchange variation (I think). Is this variation really so strong? I want to play french against 1.e4 and Tartakower against 1.d4 but first the Gods put the exchange variation. What do you think? Do I need to learn the Nimzo to be able to play QGD with confidence?. Thanks a lot for your help. By the way Short, Vaganian and Beliavsky used to play the QGD all the time but things have changed.
  
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