Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4 by GM Magesh and GM Arun

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This week we shall see the Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4 system. The Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the most solid structures against 1.d4. QGD has been played extensively played throughout the history of chess. During the beginning of 19th Century QGD was believed to be the correct opening against 1.d4. It can also be called "the world championship" opening as Kasparov rightly referred to it.In the 1927 World Championship between Alekhine and Capablanca except the first game, every game was a QGD. Also among the famous encounters between Karpov-Kasparov in their World Championship Matches, QGD was the most preferred choice. 

We shall see one of my recent games in this fantastic system where an opening idea was derived from another game which was played by my good friend and former World Junior Chess Champion Abhijeet Gupta. 

Our first game is between Gupta and Iordachescu. In this game white used an idea but due to the misplacement of the white queen he was not able to gain anything special. But still white had a slight edge and managed to win the game.


White was already much better in the final position. In my game i tried to improve on this game and managed to get a decisive advantage right after the opening. Eventhough i managed to complicate things, later it was a clean game.
That was an important improvement from the previous game. After 14.a3 Black's position is not so easy unless he comes up with a new idea on tackling the strong knight on b4. We hope the readers can understand how GrandMasters use the subtle differences in a position to their favour and come out successful. This is one example on how the new ideas are generated from the old ideas. 
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