Fast and Furious: The Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4

by Robert Ris
5/7/2020 – Robert Ris takes a look at the Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4 that poses Black a surprising number of problems and has been tried by players such as Ding Liren (pictured) and Magnus Carlsen. "Fast and Furious" is available from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Niki Riga

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The Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4

The variation with 5.Bf4 is considered nowadays to be the main line against the Queen's Gambit Declined. Despite its solid reputation, matters aren't that simple for Black at all. The last couple of months some fascinating games have been played in this line and in this show I will show you the latest theoretical developments and ideas how White has managed to deliver some punches. Seemingly easy positions simply turn out to be incredibly dangerous for Black. Even (or particularly!) in symmetrical positions White's activity offers excellent tactical opportunities, as shown to you by the best players in the world, including Magnus Carlsen!

But first a warm-up exercise: White has just sacrificed a piece, how should he follow it up?


Move the pieces on the live diagram – solution below!

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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.


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