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11/02/2020 Monday Night Chess Club in Snowmass Base Village

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off.

/Nigel Short/

LESSON OF THE DAY: Queen’s Gambit

One of the fundamental variations of 1.d4 is the Queen's Gambit. White immediately strikes at Black's central pawn from the side. Although the c4 pawn is not guarded, this is not a 'real' gambit, since White can always get the pawn back if he wants.


Fights to conquer the center

Puts immediate pressure on Black

Gains space


White may have to spend time getting the pawn back

Less attacking chances on the black king

Black may aim to counterattack d4

Variations of the Queen’s Gambit Opening

Queen’s Gambit Accepted

Alekhine Variation

1.D4 d5

2.C4 dxc4

3.Nf3 Nf6

4.E3 e6

5.Bxc4 c5

6.0-0 a6

Queen’s Gambit Declined

Lasker Defence

1.D4 d5

2.C4 e6

3.Nc3 Nf6

4.Bg5 Be7

5.E3 0-0

6.Nf3 h6


Provides an escape square for Black’s king

Doesn’t waste a tempo guarding the h7 pawn

Cons: Creates a weakness in front of the king

7.Bh4 Ne4

8.Bxe7 Qxe7

9.Rc1 c6

10.Bd3 Nxc3

Immortal Chess Game

Georg Rotlewi vs Akiba Rubinstein

“Rubinstein’s Immortal” Lodz (1907), Lodz POL

Queen’s Gambit Declined: Symmetrical Variation

Attaching the King

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