Need sure points? Queen’s Gambit Declined Edition

“What is the object of playing a gambit opening…? To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game.”
The Queen’s Gambit series

If you do a Google search for the Queen’s Gambit opening, you find out it is one of the oldest known chess openings. It was first mentioned in the Gottingen manuscript from 1490. I hope you find such information as interesting as I do. It definitely adds value to any conversation about the Netflix series. Of course such an old opening has an overwhelming amount of information published either online or in books. A good rule to remember is making sure any older information you stumble upon, has not been refuted.

The first game comes from the Master tournament in Breslau 1889. Since I did not know who Mr. Fritz was, it is a surprise for me to learn he was considered a strong master. I am not sure if you knew about it. If you did not, it could be an interesting one to use on your unsuspecting opponents.

The second and third game cover the line with 5. Nbd2 that I have never tried in my games. The general consensus is that it is a boring line leading to a draw. The game below is a quick draw by GM Karpov, something you do not see very often in his games. The other game shows quite a bit of fighting spirit for both players; nevertheless the result is still a draw. If you are curious, you could search for games won in this line by any side. It could be interesting to see if the wins came as a result of the opening played or of mistakes.

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Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chessessentials/id593013634?mt=8 I can help you learn chess the proper way if this is what you seek! View all posts by Valer Eugen Demian

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