Understanding before Moving 97: Queen's Gambit Declined (3)

by ChessBase
10/30/2022 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 97th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to discuss structures that are typical for the Queen's Gambit Declined. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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We will explore the Queen’s Gambit a little more. In this episode, we look first of all at the structure that arises after the pawn exchange c4xd5  e6xd5. In the literature, this formation is known as 'Carlsbad structure'.

That there is so much to say about this pawn structure may surprise many. Most club chess players will be familiar with the so-called  "minority attack" (i.e. when White advances on the queenside with b2-b4-b5xc6) and in my book "Understanding before Moving - Queen's Gambit Structures" I try to explain in detail under what circumstances this plan has a chance of succeeding.

But apart from the minority attack, White has several other possibilities at his disposal, which I review very briefly. Of course, I also discuss various concepts Black might follow. These are sometimes related to preventing/delaying White's possibilities on the queenside but can also consist of setting up a  dangerous initiative on the kingside after White castled short.

All in all, quite fascinating stuff. In the diagram position below, White played f2-f3 to open the f-file and to undermine Black's center. Black just played ... Bc8-a6, attacking White's rook on f1. How would you now proceed with White?


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