Amateur adventures with 1. d4, Part II

May 28, 2008, 9:15 PM |

In Part I of this topic I wrote about players who decline the Queen's Gambit incorrectly. This time I'll write about accepting the gambit and trying too hard to hang on to the pawn that black believes he's won. This almost surely puts black too far behind in terms of development and structure.


There are some well known lines where black gets stomped, for example 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 c6 5. axb5 cxb5 6. Qf3 and the attack on the undefendable a8 rook will net white a material advantage. But let's look at an example where black plays a line that doesn't immediately lose material. In the example game, black's choices in defending the c-pawn simply costs too much timein developing the rest of the position. Here is the annotated game:


In addition to the queen's gambit game, we have bonus coverage of a game with the Englund Gambit. This gambit (1. d4 e5) can come with some tricks, but in the amateur's hands can also simply bring disaster for black. Take a look: