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The advance of the c-pawn is in order because Black can 'trap' the light-squared bishop. 11 e4 ixc2 12 xc2 b7 13 d5 exd5 (I prefer 13 Wc7) 14 ic3 & c5 15 i.g5 d4 (forced) 16 ixd4 i.xd4 17 64 Easy Guide to the Queen's Gambit Accepted Lc3 JLxg3 (the only way out of trouble) 18 Sxd8+ 2xd8 19 fxe3 0-0 and now that the mist has cleared, we see that Black has sufficient material and enough of a positional plus for the queen, Barsov-Van Wely, Netherlands Cht 1994 5. The game ended in a draw. Il...

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