Queens Gambit leads to open play on the board. White offers a pawn on the queenside after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4. If Black keeps the pawn, he lags behind in development. White could win the gambit pawn back with 3.Qa4+, but other moves are better. What a deal!
The White attack flows from left to right. It starts on the queenside. The focus shifts to the four squares in the middle of the board. If you don't fight for the center, you suffer in battle. Beware of combinations. Many pieces remain on the board with open lines. Tactics flow easily.
If White controls the center, the attack aims toward the kingside. Below White builds up a direct attack on the Black king. The assault was so fierce that the monarch fled to the queenside. White promoted a pawn and his two queens quickly mated Black.
This week my Chess Training Repertoire covers the Queens Gambit Accepted.
Sawyer - subamaya, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 04.12.2012 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 b6 6.Bxc4 Bb7 7.Be2 [There is no need to retreat the bishop. 7.0-0+/=] 7...Bb4 8.Bd2? [Missing 8.Qa4+! Nc6 9.Bb5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Qd6 11.Ba3 Qd7 12.Ne5+-] 8...Bxc3 9.bxc3 Nbd7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bd3 Re8 12.Re1 Rc8 13.e4 c5? [13...Nc5!=] 14.e5 Nd5 15.Qe2 [Now is a good time for 15.Bxh7+! Kxh7 16.Ng5+ Kg8 17.Qh5 Nf8 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Re4+-] 15...Qc7 16.Qe4 g6 17.Qh4 c4 18.Bc2 Qd8 19.Bg5 f6? [19...Qc7 20.Qh6+/-] 20.exf6 N7xf6 21.Ne5 Qe7 22.Ng4 Rf8 23.Nxf6+ [23.Be4!+-] 23...Nxf6 24.Re3 Rf7 25.Rae1 Bd5 26.Re5 [26.Rh3!+-] 26...Qf8 27.R1e3 h5? [27...Nh5 28.f3+/=] 28.Bxg6 Rg7 29.Bh6 Rxg6 30.Bxf8 Rxf8 31.Rg5 Kg7 32.Ree5 Nd7 33.Rxg6+ Kxg6 34.Rg5+ Kf7 35.Qxh5+ Ke7 36.Qh7+ Kd6 37.Qg7 Rf6 38.h4 Rf8 39.h5 a5 40.h6 e5 41.dxe5+ Kc5 42.e6 Rxf2 43.Kxf2 Nf8 44.Qxf8+ Kc6 45.e7 b5 46.e8Q+ Kb6 47.Rxd5 b4 48.Qb5+ Kc7 49.Qe7+ Kc8 50.Qbb7# Black checkmated 1-0
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