Monday, July 9, 2012

101 Queens Gambit Accepted 3.e4 & 3.e3

Welcome to Main Line Monday. Today we begin a new series on playing as Black the Queen's Gambit Accepted. This opening has been played for about 200 years by players of all strengths. Nowadays it is considered that in response to the popular opening moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4, Black has a good and sound defence with 2...dxc4.

When I was young, grandmaster opinion heavily favored White. Since then many world champions have played it from both sides. Computers also show that Black is fine in every line, if played correctly. Laziness and poor tactics fail in any opening.

This first week we will show a basic repertoire for Black when White avoids the main line 3.Nf3. The most common ideas are 3.e4 and 3.e3 which are covered below. The move 3.Nc3 could easily transpose after 3...Nf6 4.Nf3 to 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3. Black also has the option show below of 3.Nc3 e5.

My favorite book on the Queen's Gambit is "How to Beat 1 d4" by James Rizzitano, but I have read many books on this opening over the years. One thing I like about this book is that while he gives Black several options, Rizzitano makes clear which one he prefers. The book is dedicated to playing 1.d4 d5 as Black. Half of it focuses on 2.c4 dxc4 and the other half covers various alternative 2nd moves, like my old favorite 2.e4. In fact my own "Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook" is cited in his extensive bibliography.

101 Queens Gambit - 3.e3 & 3.e4, Main Lines, 09.07.2012 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 [3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 (4.e3 exd4 5.exd4 Nf6 6.Bxc4 Bd6 7.Nf3 0-0; 4.d5 c6 5.e4 Nf6 6.Bxc4 b5 7.Bb3 b4 8.Na4 Nxe4) 4...Qxd1+ 5.Kxd1 (5.Nxd1 Nc6 6.Nf3 Be6) 5...Be6 6.e4 Nc6 7.f4 0-0-0+; 3.Qa4+ Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 (4...Bg4 5.Nbd2 Bxf3 6.Nxf3 Qd5) ; 3.e3 e5 4.Bxc4 exd4 5.exd4 Bd6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.h3 h6 10.a3 (10.Qc2 Nb4 11.Qb1 Be6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Re1 Qe8; 10.Re1 Re8 11.Be3 Bf5 12.a3 a6) 10...Bf5 11.Re1 a6 12.Ne5 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Qxd1 14.Nxd1 Nd7] 3...e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bxc4 Nc6 6.0-0 Be6 7.Bb5 [7.Bxe6 fxe6 8.Qb3 Qd7 9.Qxb7 Rb8 10.Qa6 Nf6 11.Nbd2 Bd6 12.Qd3 (12.b3 0-0 13.Bb2 Bf4; 12.a3 0-0 13.b4 Ng4) 12...0-0 13.a3 (13.h3 e5 14.Nc4 Nb4) 13...Ng4 14.h3 Nge5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Qxd4 Qb5] 7...Bc5 8.b4 [8.Nbd2 Nge7 9.Ng5 (9.Nb3 Bxb3 10.Qxb3 a6) 9...Qd7 10.Nxe6 Qxe6 11.Nb3 Qd6 12.Bf4 Qxf4 13.Nxc5 0-0 14.Rc1 a6 15.g3 Qh6; 8.Qc2 Bb6 9.a4 (9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Qxc6+ Bd7 11.Qc4 Be6) 9...a5 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Qxc6+ Bd7 12.Qc4 Be6] 8...Bb6 9.a4 [9.Bb2 Nge7] 9...a6 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.a5 [11.Bb2 Nf6] 11...Ba7 12.Bb2 Nf6 13.Bxd4 Nxe4 14.Bxa7 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 Rxa7 *

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