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How playable is the QGD Exchange for black?
In particular has anyone tried Illingworth's line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Nge2 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.f3 g6 ?
Can this be used as the main respon...

Started 02/13/20 at 15:16:30 by stockhausen
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By: Heuristic
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Who do you play the Tarrasch against?
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for this opening, as it's rather unique nature of being a one-size-fits-all approach (working against 1.Nf3 & 1.c4 as well), mixed with dynamic play (unli...

Started 12/31/19 at 14:51:48 by IsaVulpes
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By: IsaVulpes
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5..Nf6 Tarrasch
Aside from the general "revolution" of going ..cxd4 ..Bc5, Carlsen/Dubov played a different fresh / old-but-perhaps-not-as-bad-as-once-thought line in the World Rapid/Blitz, namely 5..Nf6.<br...

Started 01/30/20 at 07:19:03 by IsaVulpes
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By: IsaVulpes
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New Tarrasch Defense Book by Kotronias
Okay - noticed that Russell Enterprises is publishing a new book, "Fight 1.d4 with the Tarrasch! A Complete Black Repertoire vs. 1.d4", by Vassilios Kotronias.
From the website: "A Complete Figh...

Started 09/12/19 at 19:02:52 by abrahampayton
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By: scvchess
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6.dxc5 Nf6!? in the Tarrasch
Hey guys.
I always found the 6.dxc5 line in the Tarrasch (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5!) to be slightly annoying.
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Started 10/16/16 at 18:26:29 by Tauromachie
8 4071 Last Post 12/28/19 at 21:33:34
By: fling
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Question about a Tarrasch position with Bb5
I have a question about the following position:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5
5.Nf3 Nc6 6.e3 Nf6 7.Bb5 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bd7
9.O-O Bd6 10.Nf3 a6
The book from Ntirlis/Aagard says...

Started 10/07/19 at 08:42:24 by doefmat
4 932 Last Post 10/08/19 at 11:54:04
By: an ordinary chessplayer
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Dubov's 7...cxd Tarrasch
What did you all think about his approach against Nakamura in the gran prix?  I have a soft spot for the Tarrasch and this would certainly cut down on theory since it deviates relatively early from th...

Started 05/23/19 at 19:38:25 by Smaug
8 3052 Last Post 09/30/19 at 12:11:13
By: an ordinary chessplayer
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Unusual lines in the Exchange QGD
After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 h6 7.Bh4, the moves 7...g6 and 7...Be6 both look interesting. I'm curious as to why neither of them are commonly played - in the rare cases s...

Started 06/03/19 at 16:33:09 by stockhausen
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By: tony37
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Best book on d4 sidelines for QGD Tarrasch player?
I'm switching to the QGD Tarrasch and plan to use the Aagard book. I read everywhere that the Tarrasch can be played against almost everything but e4.
I read some old topics and Ntirlis keep men...

Started 04/10/19 at 12:25:14 by doefmat
6 1427 Last Post 04/11/19 at 21:27:56
By: Pawnpusher
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Learn to Play the Queens Gambit
Has anyone purchased this new book by Karpov and Kalinichenko and if so what are your thoughts on it?

Started 09/15/18 at 18:55:47 by MW
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By: MW
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QG Exchange after 3.cxd5!?
Because I am not a regular 1.d4 player I was wondering what the downside is of 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.cxd5 instead of 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5. I saw that last night at my local club, but it is almost never played...

Started 09/09/18 at 14:43:12 by TD
8 2149 Last Post 09/10/18 at 18:39:37
By: MW
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I would like to hear your opinions on the following line:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nge2 Nd7 8.Ng3 (8.g4 is played more often, but there Black has foun...

Started 08/07/11 at 20:11:36 by huibui
5 4392 Last Post 08/23/18 at 05:13:37
By: MNb
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Making the Exchange QGD work for Black
I've been playing the QGD for a few years now with reasonable results. Against the exchange I typically go 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 following Cox's excellent book on the QGD. Her...

Started 07/20/16 at 22:52:24 by lapusneanul
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By: RdC
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The Tarrasch Defence by Erwin l'Ami (2018)
Looks like ChessBase released a new FritzTrainer on the Tarrasch Defence by GM Erwin I'Ami! Interestingly, the mainline he is choosing to drill into is the 9...c4 variation. The contents outline is be...

Started 08/05/18 at 15:35:53 by abrahampayton
2 2523 Last Post 08/06/18 at 16:37:11
By: abrahampayton
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Repertoire question
As Black I play the QGD with the moves 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6
After 4 Bg5 Be7 5 Nf3 Nbd7 etc. I get positions I'm quite happy playing.
However after 4 Nf3 Be7 5 Bf4 0-0 6 e3 I'm not over...

Started 07/04/18 at 17:21:36 by najdorfslayer
1 1370 Last Post 07/04/18 at 19:01:21
By: mn
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Pros and cons of 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3...d5 ?
I have never played the QGD with Black. I was looking at the Benoni via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3...c5 and wondered if this could also aply to the QGD. Are there (top-)players who use this move-order to get ...

Started 02/15/18 at 09:53:36 by TD
9 3886 Last Post 03/28/18 at 16:15:34
By: FreeRepublic
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Art of the Tarrasch Defence - Alexei Bezgodov
I have been adding the Tarrasch Defence to my repertoire as an alternative to my KID.
Anyone got this book and what do you think of it?

Started 11/29/17 at 20:52:59 by JEH
11 7338 Last Post 03/02/18 at 12:49:05
By: tapchess
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Dangerous pawn sacrifice
I played the following game in correspondence chess as black and my opponent's 10. b4 looks very dangerous in my eyes. I managed to hold a draw but I'm not sure I played correct. Are there any improve...

Started 02/05/17 at 08:25:45 by Toshak
7 4017 Last Post 12/15/17 at 19:45:44
By: Toshak
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The Tarrasch in Black and White
Do you think that White has a route to an advantage against the Tarrasch (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5)? If so, which line in particular? When I first studied this opening many years ago I tho...

Started 11/22/09 at 07:51:53 by TN
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