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Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch (D41)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c5 5 cxd5

Number of games in database: 1627
Years covered: 1893 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 34.1%
   Black wins 17.5%
   Draws 48.4%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  15 games
Wolfgang Uhlmann  12 games
Miguel Najdorf  11 games
Vitali Golod  23 games
Viktor Korchnoi  23 games
Ludek Pachman  18 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969
Portisch vs J Pinter, 1984
L Grigorian vs Tal, 1967
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962
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 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,627  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs Barry / Robertson, E A / Short, Ro  1-0331893Cosmopolitan Chess Club, Consultation Simul 2bD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. H J Worrall vs Nellie Showalter 0-1661894US Women's Championship MatchD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. W Cohn vs H Fahrni ½-½291905Barmen Meisterturnier BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. O Bernstein vs Schlechter ½-½271906StockholmD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Rubinstein vs Schlechter 1-0391912San SebastianD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. O Chajes vs J Stapfer 1-0331913Rice CC MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. W Marchant vs B A Yates 0-1581914Team matchD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. Teichmann vs Rubinstein  ½-½351924BerlinD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. J E West vs A Oppenheim  1-051192549th Oxford - Cambridge Varsity mD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. Alekhine vs Guillermo Del Ponte  1-0461926Buenos Aires exhD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. R Grau vs Maroczy  0-1311927London OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. Nimzowitsch vs Grob  1-0441931Training Match vs GrobD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. Lilienthal vs G Negyesy 1-0251931HUN-ch Szavay MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. Alekhine vs Gruenfeld 1-0351931Prague OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. G Stoltz vs Kmoch  1-0391931Prague OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. Kostic vs G Stoltz  0-1221931Prague OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. Bogoljubov vs G Stoltz  1-0271931BledD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. Flohr vs Euwe  ½-½251932Euwe - FlohrD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. A Vajda vs K Treybal  1-0501933Folkestone OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. W Fairhurst vs Alekhine 0-1371933Folkestone OlympiadD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Wimsatt Jr. / Turover vs Alekhine 0-1281933Consultation gameD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. C Pulcherio vs T P Accioly Borges  1-0221933Prova ClassicaD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. Sultan Khan vs W Winter 1-0341933Surrey - Middlesex County mD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. B Hoenlinger vs R Palme  ½-½391933Trebitsch MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. W Schwinner vs R Palme  ½-½571933Trebitsch MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-16-04  Benjamin Lau: Jonathan vs Yedidia, 1982 is a funny trap in this opening. Question: how come black doesn't play 5...Nxd5 6 e4 Nf6!? in the D41 Semi-Tarrasch? Because of Bg5? Because black doesn't want to waste time? Is that really all there is? I don't see anything wrong with this on first glance, but it doesn't appear to be a line anyone has tried.
Feb-16-04  refutor: i think it's that black doesn't want to waste time...look at the position after 7.Be3 for instance...what does black have to show for his tempi? white is much better developed and has better control of the center, much easier to play for white
Jul-07-05  Knight13: <White wins 38.7%> <Black wins 14.7%> <Draws 46.6%> Black barely wins. Does this opening give Black trouble or what? Is it playable for Black?
Aug-01-06  gambitfan: it seems to give a crushing advantage to White, doesn't it ?
May-06-08  KingG: I like playing this opening after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+(9...Qa5?, Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912) 10.Qd2 0-0 11.Bc4, and then the main line runs something like 11...Nc6(11...Nd7) 12.0-0 b6 13.Rad1 Na5(13...b6) 14.Bd3 Bb7 15.Rfe1, and then White has two interesting plans, either trying to promote his d pawn, as in Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969, or even better Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977, and attacking Black's King with the pawn sacrifice d5, followed by e5, as in Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969.

Either way, you get an interesting game, where White has a nice initiative, but Black has winning chances of his own if White slips up.

Jul-29-10  rapidcitychess: <gambitfan> This is when Black doesn't play Nxd5. That is why it's a low percentage.
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Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♘f3 c5

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Feb-08-15  Mr. V: Perhaps a more experienced player can tell me: why do people consider . . .exd5 dubious in this position?
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  perfidious: <Mr. V> See Alekhine vs L Kussman, 1924 for an object lesson in what may befall Black after 5....exd5.

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