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Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit is one of the most popular openings on all levels. Not without a reason, because after 1. d4 d5 challenging the centre immediately with 2. c4 seems like a logical, straight forward plan. From here on two branches are to be seen, black can accept the gambit by taking the pawn or decline it. The former sometimes is a proper gambit, if black chooses to hold on to the pawn, or can lead to some sharp play when black decides to give back the pawn - on his terms - in a later moment. The latter - not taking the pawn - is far more popular, leading to several variations, such as the Tarrash, Ragozin, Rubinstein Attack, Slav Defens and Chigorin Defense. Or even some more rare variations such as the Albin Countergambit, the Baltic Defense, Marshall Defense and the Symetrical Defense. These openings all have their own fair deal of theory and several books have been written on these topics. Chess authors in the likes of Eric Schiller, Nigel Davies, Chris Ward, Bogdan Lalic and Boris Avrukh have studied the possibilities for the white side in great depth. From the black side (Queen's Gambit Declined) John Cox, Matthew Sadler, James Rizzitano and others have published profound pieces of work. On the Queen's Gambit Accepted some very instructive books have been written by Alexander Delchev, Semko Semkov, Maxim Chetverik and Alexander Der Raetsky. It's almost needless tot say that almost all world champions and top players have played the Queen's Gambit with both the white and the black pieces. If you're not afraid of positional play and studying some theory playing the Queen's Gambit with white should be a logical choice. If you want to try sometimes else than the Indian Defenses with black, 1...d5 seems more than a plausible option.



The Ragozin Complex - Barsky, Vladimir
2011 New In Chess,Csi The Ragozin Complex-Barsky, Vladimir

This may well be called the standard work on the Ragozin, for both white and black, and for all levels. After the starting moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 the starting position of the Ragozin appears on the board. Black now has several ideas; pushing e5, the so called light-square strategy, and an attack by the pawn majority on the queenside. The Ragozin is increasing in popularity, both at the top and at amateur level.
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The Art Of The Tarrasch Defence: Strategies, Techniques And Surprising Ideas - Bezgodov, Alexey
2018 New In Chess The Art Of The Tarrasch Defence: Strategies, Techniques And Surprising Ideas-Bezgodov, Alexey

The Tarrasch Defence starts with the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5, directly challenging white’s centre. Usually these moves lead to an isolated d-pawn for black, which offers the second player some dynamic attacking chances. Traditionally it’s a bit of an underestimated opening. Precisely because of this, 1.d4-players sometimes don’t bother to study it thoroughly. This offers black practical chances, mainly because it’s a sound opening on it’s on right, as this book convincingly shows.
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Queen's Gambit Declined - Sadler, Matthew
2000 Everyman Chess Queen's Gambit Declined-Sadler, Matthew

The perfect guide for all players of all levels who want to learn this classical opening. In less than 200 pages one gets more than an introduction, but rather a proper repertoire of the QGD is presented. Including the well-deserved attention for move orders and transpositions to have a proper understanding of the openings. This book also includes questions and answers as well as model games, so one can easily learn and remember the main lines and basic ideas.
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Grandmaster Repertoire 1b - 1. D4 - The Queen's Gambit - Avrukh, Boris
2016 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 1b - 1. D4 - The Queen's Gambit-Avrukh, Boris

It’s fair to say that this book together with the other many 1.d4-volumes can be called the lifework of Boris Avrukh, one of the great theoreticians in the chess world. Apart from that, the series is arguably the best if one wants to play 1.d4, on any level. The books in the series are updated every few years, including the latest theory invented by GM’s, computers, and Avrukh himself. If one wants to play 1.d4, after the reply 1…d5 the most principled and maybe interesting continuation is 2.c4.
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The Queen's Gambit Declined: Move By Move - Davies, Nigel
2017 Everyman Chess The Queen's Gambit Declined: Move By Move-Davies, Nigel

A very clear introduction for the beginner and advanced player who is a bit fed up with 1.e4, or for whatever good reason wants to learn how to play 1.d4. As usual in the Move by Move-series the different ideas are explained in a patient and crystal clear manner, even paying attention to the very first – seemingly logical - moves. The question and answer-model makes one understand and remember the variations even better. The content and build-up is a rather logical one, and contains all one should know on 1.d4.
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Queen’s Gambit Accepted D20-29: 436 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Harvey, Bill, Gamble, Robert
2019 Independently Queen’s Gambit Accepted D20-29: 436 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Harvey, Bill Gamble, Robert

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How To Win With Queen's Gambit - Declined - Kleider, Hans
2019 Independently How To Win With Queen's Gambit - Declined-Kleider, Hans

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Understanding Before Moving 2 - Queen's Gambit Structures: Queen's Gambit Structures - Grooten, Herman
2019 Thinkers Publishing Understanding Before Moving 2 - Queen's Gambit Structures: Queen's Gambit Structures-Grooten, Herman

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Queen’s Gambit Declined: Vienna - Pańczyk, Krzysztof, Ilczuk, Jacek
2018 Everyman Chess Queen’s Gambit Declined: Vienna-Pańczyk, Krzysztof Ilczuk, Jacek

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A Complete Guide To Queen's Gambit Play (everyman Chess) - Raetsky, Alexander, Chetverik, Maxim, Mcdonald, Neil
2018 Everyman Chess A Complete Guide To Queen's Gambit Play (everyman Chess)-Raetsky, Alexander Chetverik, Maxim Mcdonald, Neil

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Queens Gambit Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook) - Sawyer, Tim
2017 Independently Queens Gambit Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook)-Sawyer, Tim

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Queen's Gambit Declined: D40-d49: 455 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Harvey, Bill, Gamble, Robert
2017 Independent Queen's Gambit Declined: D40-d49: 455 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Harvey, Bill Gamble, Robert

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Chess Openings By Example: Queen's Gambit - Schmidt, J., Schmidt, J.
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: Queen's Gambit-Schmidt, J. Schmidt, J.

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Chess Openings By Example: English Opening - Schmidt, J., Schmidt, J.
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: English Opening-Schmidt, J. Schmidt, J.

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Playing The Ragozin - Pert, Richard
2017 Quality Chess Playing The Ragozin-Pert, Richard

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First Steps: The Queen's Gambit (everyman Chess) - Martin, Andrew
2017 Everyman Chess First Steps: The Queen's Gambit (everyman Chess)-Martin, Andrew

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Queen's Gambit Declined: D30-d39: Tactical Puzzles From Miniatures - Harvey, Bill
2016 Independent Queen's Gambit Declined: D30-d39: Tactical Puzzles From Miniatures-Harvey, Bill

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The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon For Black - Bezgodov, Alexey
2016 New In Chess,Csi The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon For Black-Bezgodov, Alexey

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The Tarrasch Defense - Move By Move - Collins, Sam
2014 Everyman Chess The Tarrasch Defense - Move By Move-Collins, Sam

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Play The Tarrasch - Shamkovich, Leonid, Schiller, Eric
2013 Ishi Press Play The Tarrasch-Shamkovich, Leonid Schiller, Eric

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Queen's Gambit Declined Orthodox Variation: A Chess Works Publication - Schiller, Eric
2012 Ishi Press Queen's Gambit Declined Orthodox Variation: A Chess Works Publication-Schiller, Eric

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The Tarrasch Defense - Grandmaster Repertoire 10 - Aagaard, Jacob, Ntirlis, Nikolaos
2011 Quality Chess The Tarrasch Defense - Grandmaster Repertoire 10-Aagaard, Jacob Ntirlis, Nikolaos

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Declining The Queen's Gambit (everyman Chess) - Cox, John
2011 Everyman Chess Declining The Queen's Gambit (everyman Chess)-Cox, John

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Queen's Gambit Accepted Smyslov Variation: Chess Works Publications - Schiller, Eric
2011 Ishi Press Queen's Gambit Accepted Smyslov Variation: Chess Works Publications-Schiller, Eric

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Dangerous Weapons: The Queens Gambit: Dazzle Your Opponents! (everyman Chess) - Palliser, Richard, Flear, Glenn, Ward, Chris
2008 Everyman Chess Dangerous Weapons: The Queens Gambit: Dazzle Your Opponents! (everyman Chess)-Palliser, Richard Flear, Glenn Ward, Chris

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Play The Queen's Gambit - Ward, Chris
2007 Everyman Chess Play The Queen's Gambit-Ward, Chris

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Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined - Mcdonald, Neil
2006 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined-Mcdonald, Neil

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Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted - Chetverik, Maxim, Der Raetsky, Alexander
2006 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted-Chetverik, Maxim Der Raetsky, Alexander

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Play The Queen's Gambit - Ward, Chris
2006 Everyman Chess Play The Queen's Gambit-Ward, Chris

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The Rubinstein Attack: A Chess Opening Strategy For White - Schiller, Eric
2005 Universal Publishers The Rubinstein Attack: A Chess Opening Strategy For White-Schiller, Eric

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Starting Out: The Queen's Gambit - Shaw, John
2002 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Queen's Gambit-Shaw, John

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Unusual Queen's Gambit Declined (everyman Chess) - Ward, Chris
2002 Everyman Chess Unusual Queen's Gambit Declined (everyman Chess)-Ward, Chris

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