# Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4

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Queen's Gambit
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. d4 d5 2.c4
ECO code: D06-D69
Parent: Queen's Pawn Opening
Responses:

## The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit is one of the oldest openings in chess and starts with the moves 1. d4 d5 2. c4. In it, White sacrifices a pawn in order to gain control of the centre. If Black accepts the gambit with 2... dxc4, White can immediately try to reclaim the gambitted pawn with 3. e4 or 3. e3, or White can play 3. Nf3. This opening is very popular among modern players and is one of the best openings for 1. d4.

### Black's responses

Accepting the gambit with 2... dxc4 is by no means a risky decision, but most Black players choose to decline it with 2... e6 (Queen's Gambit Declined) or 2... c6 (Slav Defence). More exotic alternatives include the 2... Nc6 (Chigorin Defence), the 2... c5 (Austrian Defence) or the 2... e5 (Albin Countergambit).

Less popular is 2... Nf6?!, the Marshall Defence, allowing 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4, 2... Bf5!?, which weakens b7, or 2...b5?!, a dubious wing gambit.

## Theory table

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation..

1. d4 d5 2. c4

 2 3 4 5 Eval. ...e6 Nc3Nf6 Bg5Be7 e3O-O +/= ...... ...c6 Nf3Nf6 e3Nbd7 ∞ ...dxc4 Nf3Nf6 e3Bg4 Bxc4e6 = ...c6 Nf3Nf6 Nc3dxc4 a4Bf5 = ...Nc6 Nc3Nf6 Nf3Bg4 cxd5Nxd5 +/= ...e5 dxe5d4 Nf3Nc6 g3Bg4 +/= ...c5 cxd5Nf6 e4Nxe4 dxc5Nxc5 +/= ...Nf6 cxd5Nxd5 Nf3Bf5 Qb3 +/= ...Bf5 cxd5Bxb1 Qa4+c6 Rxb1Qxd5 +/= ...b5 cxb5... +/=