If you’re going to play the Queen’s Gambit Declined, you’ll need to know several move orders in case your opponent chooses something you weren’t first expecting.
What can Black play against different White move orders? GM Gregory Kaidanov gives you a comprehensive lesson on this important opening topic.
Watch this video to round out your queen’s pawn opening repertoire. | Watch video
In his previous video, GM Gregory Kaidanov taught you everything you need to know about the Carlsbad variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined.
But what if you’re not a Carlsbad fan? What if you find your QGD games steered away from that move order?
GM Kaidanov has you covered with a comprehensive lesson on avoiding the Carlsbad, including a relevant game between two of the greatest world champions of all time. | Watch video
Last time, GM Gregory Kaidanov looked at the classical Carlsbad.
But how do modern grandmasters handle the Carlsbad for Black in the Queen’s Gambit Declined?
Learn the latest theory on Black’s options in this interesting and relevant opening.
You might be surprised about how similar each side’s goals are.
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GM Gregory Kaidanov is back with another installment of his comprehensive Queen’s Gambit Declined video series, and this time he examines the sharp Classical Carlsbad from Black’s point of view.
Learn how some of the best players in the world handled this oft-played structure, and the advances that have been achieved through the years with this set-up.
Don’t forget to check the related links for more information on the Carlsbad and minority attacks. | Watch video
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is one of the most important openings in chess, and GM Gregory Kaidanov begins a new series devoted to it.
Learn the origin, history, basic ideas, move orders, and transpositions of this solid opening. Then dive deep into the variations where the c and d pawns are exchanged early.
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is as relevant as ever today, even making an appearance at the most recent world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. | Watch video
In GM Kaidanov's words, you are about to "witness the victory of spirit over material." True indeed - in the first 15 moves, White's king and queen switched places and he advanced all eight of his pawns! At times it looked like there had been an earthquake on the chessboard, as pieces were scattered everywhere. But nothing compares to one exquisite move by GM Volkov. He found a move that even Houdini didn't find! | Watch video
Who says the sequel is never as good as the original? In Part 2, GM Kaidanov shows the full package of in-between moves. He picks out two world champion games, a king-and-pawn ending with a myriad of variations, and a game with two intermediate moves in a row. These ideas are subtle and hard to see - while navigating a long series in your head, it is really easy overlook these distracting moves. The more you study it, the better chance you'll be ready when the time comes! | Watch video
In-between move. Intermediate move. Zwischenzug. Intermezzo. You pick the language, and let GM Kaidanov pick the positions. Today, four hard-to-see in-between moves - two middlegames and two endgames. In several positions, you are worse and only a cunning and well-time zwischenzug will save the day. This tactic is one of the most often overlooked, since our concentration is rarely "broken" to see the intermediate move in the middle of a sequence. Practice these ideas so you are ready! | Watch video
Put away your calculators today - GM Kaidanov has no use for them. Adding up the points of each army will only distort the truth and obscure the magnificence of this queen sacrifice by GM Boris Gulko. It almost seems as if it is a race to give away pieces as both sides struggle for activity over material. The final tactical sequence is worthy of high praise, and ironically White's "extra" queen only gets in his way. Watch and see the improbable finish for yourself. | Watch video
How can chess imitate Tetris? When your pieces are cobbled together, you can sometimes form Tetris shapes, and today you'll see two of them. Anatoly Karpov gets the "box" of 4 pieces (inflexible in Tetris but powerful in chess), while our video author, Gregory Kaidanov, get the "Z-shaped" collection of pieces. Sure, he had to part with his lady, but it is no less powerful than the square. Watch this king hunt in action! | Watch video