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


Queen's Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
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 GambitEdit

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 play 3. e4 trying to reclaim the gambit pawn, or playing 3. e3 can lead to a slower game. This opening is still very popular among modern players and is one of the best openings for 1. d4.

Black's responsesEdit

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) 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 tableEdit

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

1. d4 d5 2. c4

2 3 4 5Eval.
Queen's Gambit Declined ...
e6
Nc3
Nf6
Bg5
Be7
e3
O-O
+/=
Semi-Slav Defence ...
...
...
c6
Nf3
Nf6
e3
Nbd7
Queen's Gambit Accepted ...
dxc4
Nf3
Nf6
e3
Bg4
Bxc4
e6
=
Slav Defence ...
c6
Nf3
Nf6
Nc3
dxc4
a4
Bf5
=
Chigorin Defence ...
Nc6
Nc3
Nf6
Nf3
Bg4
cxd5
Nxd5
+/=
Albin Countergambit ...
e5
dxe5
d4
Nf3
Nc6
g3
Bg4
+/=
Symmetrical Defence ...
c5
cxd5
Nf6
e4
Nxe4
dxc5
Nxc5
+/=
Marshall Defence ...
Nf6
cxd5
Nxd5
Nf3
Bf5
Qb3 +/=
Baltic Defence ...
Bf5
cxd5
Bxb1
Qa4+
c6
Rxb1
Qxd5
+/=
Zilbermints Gambit ...
b5
cxb5
...
+/=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.