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Queen's Gambit Declined (D37)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3

Number of games in database: 7859
Years covered: 1842 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 39.1%
   Black wins 18.9%
   Draws 42.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Aleksey Dreev  64 games
Loek van Wely  63 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  62 games
Hikaru Nakamura  123 games
Nigel Short  76 games
Rafael Vaganian  69 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984
Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914
Giri vs Aronian, 2012
Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982
Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922
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 page 1 of 315; games 1-25 of 7,859 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kieseritzky vs I Calvi 0-1411842MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Saint Amant vs Staunton 0-1561843Staunton - Saint AmantD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. J Minckwitz vs A Schwarz  1-0281878Frankfurt mD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. J Minckwitz vs J N Berger  ½-½511881BerlinD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. J Minckwitz vs Wittek  ½-½681881BerlinD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Von Bardeleben vs J Minchin  1-0261883London (Vizayanagaram)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. V Hruby vs W Paulsen ½-½501883NurembergD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Zukertort vs Burn 0-12818862nd BCA CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Zukertort vs J Mason  ½-½2418862nd BCA CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Blackburne vs Taubenhaus 1-0431887FrankfurtD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Blackburne vs J N Berger ½-½561887FrankfurtD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Blackburne vs Lipschutz 1-03618896th American Chess CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Blackburne vs Burille  1-05518896th American Chess CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Blackburne vs Taubenhaus  1-02218896th American Chess CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Blackburne vs Burn  ½-½201889BreslauD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Burn vs Gossip  ½-½271889BreslauD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Blackburne vs J N Berger 1-0371889BreslauD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Tarrasch vs Owen 1-0311890ManchesterD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Blackburne vs F Lee  1-0521890ManchesterD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Blackburne vs C Golmayo 1-0691891Blackburne - GolmayoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Lipschutz vs Showalter  ½-½361892US Championship matchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Lipschutz vs Showalter ½-½351892US Championship matchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. T E Ash vs F K Esling 0-1371892NSW v VICD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Blackburne vs Lasker 0-1511892Lasker - BlackburneD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Lasker vs Blackburne 1-0671892Lasker - BlackburneD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-19-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bears092: White has 2.5 more wins than black here. Any openings with similar (or better) percentages for white?
Apr-19-03  ksadler: Benoni, Classical, 9...a6, 10.a4 (A74) for one...I'll keep looking (although there are just a handful of games in that line)
Jan-20-07  DutchDunce: Anyone know why 4...dxc4 constitutes a QGD Vienna, rather than simply a transposed QGA? I assume there's some technical nuance that distinguishes the two openings, but I don't know what it is.
Jan-20-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: <DutchDunce> I think it only becomes a Vienna after White plays 5. e4. Paul Albert
Dec-17-16  Monocle: Why does anyone play 4... Be7 and allow 5.Bf4 when they could play the Ragozin instead? The 5.Bf4 QGD just looks miserable for black.
Nov-02-20  PGNSubmitter: https://www.forbes.com/sites/danafe...
Nov-02-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: I've watched three episodes of The Queen's Gambit. So far I like it. It's obvious that they tried to get the chess right, all the positions make sense, they reference Sicilian side-lines, name-check Jose Capablanca, and reference the MCO many times. I think they have Kasparov consulting, he knows a thing or two about the game.
Nov-02-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: I've watched the first four episodes. It's very good, with lots of nice surprises.

There are some cringeworthy moments as always in chess movies (talking during a game, telling a player to resign? a player offering a draw, then resigning without another move?), but more good moments. The games are realistic, all taken from master games.though they play too fast for classical chess.

My favorite moment so far was the girl Beth finding her first book of master games in the school library, a book of Capablanca's best games. She doesn't even know there are grandmasters, and she marvels at all the games in the book.

The first time she sees a chess magazine is an issue of Chess Review, with US champion Benny Watts on the cover.

I actually looked up Watts in the database, not sure if he was real or fictional.

agadmator has replayed some of the games from the show on his youtube channel, in particular Nezhmetdinov vs Kasparian, 1955

Nov-03-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: There are few draws in the series, which is dramatic but not realistic. And no post mortems at the board, which seems strange.

On the other hand, the games are very well presented. The orphanage scenes are well done. It's not a great place, but neither is it horrible as they often are in movies.

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: I enjoyed the series too. I figured it was a female Bobby Fischer story. There are a lot of parallels. Same background with absent father and intrusive mother. I know quite a bit about psychiatric medicine and there is no such pill as Xanzolam. It's probably just a combination of Xanax, the brand name, and the generic Alprazolam.

And I doubt there will be jars of it in an orphanage.

Her alcoholism portrayal is pretty accurate but her recovery is not. I myself couldn't play in a tournament without downing a few beers because of my nerves.

All in all a good series and I loved it when they played "Venus" by Shocking Blue.

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: <I enjoyed the series too. I figured it was a female Bobby Fischer story. There are a lot of parallels. Same background with absent father and intrusive mother.>

Yes, I thought of that. Same drive, self-total confidence, a loner. Same time period.

I do wish (this is through episode five) that they had shown, once or twice at least, either Beth or her opponent struggling over a move for several minutes. Every move is made relatively quickly.

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < saffuna: <I enjoyed the series too. I figured it was a female Bobby Fischer story. There are a lot of parallels. Same background with absent father and intrusive mother.> Yes, I thought of that. Same drive, self-total confidence, a loner. Same time period.

I do wish (this is through episode five) that they had shown, once or twice at least, either Beth or her opponent <struggling over a move for several minutes>. Every move is made relatively quickly.>

<struggling over a move for several minutes> So, like, several minutes of someone staring at a chessboard? I can't believe Hollywood didn't make you a director!

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: <So, like, several minutes of someone staring at a chessboard?>

Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef made careers of just staring. Though not at a chessboard.

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Yeah but that was back in the day of cinematic long shots. Nowadays a shot is lucky to last more than a few seconds.
Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Haven't been to a Morgan Freeman movie lately, I guess.

How long did Russell Crowe stand and look at his opponent in "Gladiator"?

Plus there are imaginative ways to indicate time passing: the moving clock (an old staple), or pieces moving around the board in different variations, as was done once with move one.

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <How long did Russell Crowe stand and look at his opponent in "Gladiator"?>

https://assets.sbnation.com/assets/...

<Plus there are imaginative ways to indicate time passing: the moving clock (an old staple), or pieces moving around the board in different variations, as was done once with move one.>

You are right, of course.

Nov-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: <Yeah but that was back in the day of cinematic long shots. Nowadays a shot is lucky to last more than a few seconds.>

I absolutely agree. I generally dislike quick cuts.

Recently I read about and saw this fight between Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston in "The Big Country." Much of it filmed from hundreds of yards awzy, and very effectively.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2iUko...

Nov-07-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <keypusher> Absolutely, there are ways to make time pass cinematically (even in these days of super fast cuts,) and yes, <saffuna>, they could have done more of that this series. I mean, what, do they think all we play is blitz these days? ;)

I think I'm at episode 5 now.

<I generally dislike quick cuts.>

Definitely over used. Occasionally, sure, but movies these days can be dizzingly fast.

Nov-11-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Finally finished the series. If you haven't watched it yet, it is a fine story and tribute to chess.
Nov-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: The final game is very well staged. And a player is shown in a long think , using the moves-on-the-imaginary-board technique effectively again.

The game is analyzed here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIM..., a very exciting and tactical game that follows Ivanchuk vs Wolff, 1993 through the first 36 moves.

The ending is totally impractical, could never have happened in 1968, but was still great.

Nov-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: The series has plenty of weaknesses, but overall is very good.

For me the outstanding moment by far is when she first finds "Capablanca's Best Games" in the school library, the first book of games she's seen.

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