W

Taking stock of the situation, Black has compromised his pawn structure and now has three islands. In return he can hope for an attack down the f-file. Also, the white knight on d2 is holding Black's pawn front up nicely but it does confine the bishop to its home for the time being. It makes sense to threaten the knight. There are some lesser choices a) ll i.d6 12 Bel (12 Wd3 and ic4 is also possible) 12 ig4 13 h3 ge5 14 ixe5 xe5 15 a3 0-0 16 Wd3 a5 17 b3 i.f4 18 k4 e5 19 xe5 xe5 20 a4 with...

Aaa

Before looking into the theory of the opening and actual examples, we shall begin in this first chapter by explaining what this book and the QGA are about. At the most straightforward level, the QGA is an opening which Black chooses by playing the moves 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4. After this, however, there is the problem of transposition. Many of the examples in this book did not actually start with the moves played in the exact order that is implied in the chapter or section heading. Many games start...

Nqq

This is Lalic-Hartman, Isle of Man 1995. Taking stock, Black cannot be worse. True, White has an open g-file and is ready to attack down it but with what White does not have a lot of fire-power with a queen and a rook. Black can meet any threats with h8, f6 and Sf7. Maybe there is even a chance to counter with f7(f6)-f5 and try to attack White's king via the long diagonal. Indeed, Black should be in no hurry, as he was in the game, to play a7. A slight difference to the text recommendation...

Info

Easy Guide to the Queen 's Gambit Accepted We shall look at some alternatives again a) 12 a4ia7 13 d2 0-0 14 Hcl e5 15 e4 e7 (better is 15 g4) 16 Ae3 Ag4 17 hb6 xb6 18 i.xb6 with advantage for White, Salov-Waitzkin, New York 1996. This game revolves around the c5-square, which is surprisingly sensitive. b) 12 a3 (a more cautious approach) 12 0-0 13 Jid2 b5 14 Scl b6 15 e4 with equal chances, Piket-Lautier, Amsterdam 1995. If Akopian-Volzhin (above, see note 'a2' to Black's 11th move) had seen...

Pmt

S < . '. < ' s < . '. < ' ' . > s '' '. . ' ' t*7t .- ' z- .s .'' s v ' - . vv,v__- x ' ' Here, two pairs of minor pieces have been exchanged but White has a passed d-pawn. It makes sense for White to keep the pressure on the c5-pawn. If Black plays b6 at some point then a4-a5 is possible in order to shatter the defence of c5. Black had b5 in mind. 22 b5 23 Wa2 2ed8 No need for any startling combinations here. Having sidelined the white queen, Black begins to round up the d5-pawn.

Queenless Middlegames

Whatever opening you play as Black, there is always a system or approach for White that seems to stifle winning chances. The QGA is no exception. In this chapter we look at some opening variations where there is an early exchange of queens. The good news is that often Black has nothing to fear in these positions and certainly no need to feel under pressure to make a draw. The bad news is that some of the positions are of a simple nature and in a 'must win' situation, Black may find it difficult...

Awa

Earlier in this game, Black had captured on f3 with the b7-bishop and doubled White s pawns. As we can see, the weakness has become permanent. Now, since White has not managed to use the open g-file for attacking purposes, he finds that he is in for some torture. 27...eS 28 fxe5 ixe5 29 xe5 amp xe5 30 5 Wc8 31 f4 White has no way to remedy his weak pawns, but personally I would not weaken the king further with the text-move. 31..JLd6 32 amp g2 Wc6 33 4 gt f2 Ae7 34 lt gt g3 a5 D