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The Queen’s Gambit is one of the oldest and most popular openings in chess and is played by many of the top chess players in the world. White is fighting in a very ambitious way for central squares, in particular for the e4-square. Therefore, he is trying to get rid of black’s d5-pawn in order to have better control over the e4-square.
In the first video of the series, IM Andrey Ostrovskiy is sharing with you some of the major variations in the Queen’s Gambit. The main focus is here on the main strategies and plans for both sides in the different lines.
The Queen’s Gambit is characterized by the following moves:
1.d4 d5 2.c4
Black has several major options here, but the main continuations are 2… dxc4 the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, 2…e6 the Queen’s Gambit Declined and 2…c6, the Slav Defense.
The main variations covered in the video are:
3:27 – Queen’s Gambit: Accepted 2…dxc4
7:38 – Queen’s Gambit: Declined 2…e6
9:42 – Queen’s Gambit: Declined 3…c5 (Tarrasch Defense)
After watching this video, you will notice, that in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted and Declined, we deal in many cases with isolated pawn (in particular with the IQP) and hanging pawn positions. Both, positions with isolated and hanging pawns are classical strategic patterns. By learning and playing the Queen’s Gambit Accepted and Queen’s Gambit Declined you will actually not only learn the opening but also one of the most important strategic patterns in the middlegame. Therefore, if you learn how to play these positions, you will be perfectly prepared for playing these isolated and hanging pawn patterns that may arise from any other opening. That’s why it is so beneficial to learn the Queen’s Gambit.
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