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Queens Gambit: Pros and Cons

Queens Gambit: Pros and Cons

Aug 20, 2016, 7:46 PM 1

Hello everyone. This is a post about the Queens Gambit. The Queens Gambit is the most popular continuation of games beginning with 1. d4  d5. Its defining moves are: 1. d4  d5  2. c4


The Queens Gambit is one of the oldest openings, and one frequently seen at the highest levels of play. It is hoping to exchange a wing pawn for a centre pawn, and control the centre if the pawns is left undefended and the gambit is declined. White hopes to dominate the centre with pawns, but black hopes these pawns will become targets to become undermined later on in the game. The Queens Gambit also leaves white able to advance the queen and bishop to the queenside. 


Some problems with the Queens Gambit are, as with all gambits, white (or in some cases black) is left a pawn down, and often behind in development. It is also a closed game, which limits the bishops mobility, therefore decreasing it's value, but increases the value of the knight.


Let me know what you think of this post and any other ideas for openings. I may be following up with Kings Indian Defence.




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