# What openings do you play against 1 d4 and what book did you use to study that opening?

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Maybe try:

The Queen's Gambit Declined Move by Move

Playing 1.d4 d5 - A Classical Repertoire by Nikolaos Ntirlis

Play 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6!

Understanding the Queen's Gambit Accepted by Delchev and Semkov
http://davidsmerdon.com/?p=1769

How to Beat 1 d4

Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted by Alexander Raetsky & Maxim Chetverik (2006)

Everything except for 1... g5 and 1...f6.Â  My "book" on the first move is the Random Integer Generator.Â

Actually, I like Polish 1...b5, it's funny.Â

I like the Slav Defense, though I like its cousin the Caro-Kann Defense better, so I usually answer 1 d4 with 1...c6.Â  If 2 c4 then 2...d5 makes it the Slav.Â  If 2 e4, then 2...d5 makes it the Caro-Kann.

The books I used to study both were Cyrus Lakdawala's The Slav Move by Move and The Caro-Kann Move by Move.

In each book, he will frequently ask student's question, like, "Why isn't it better to play Bg4 than Bf5 so you can pin the Knight at f3?"

That way, you don't just get a list of moves for each variation: you get a better understanding of the ideas behind the moves.

I began playing the Slav and Caro-Kann after I found I had a lot of trouble getting my QB, my "Bad Bishop" into the game when it got stuck behind my Pawn on e6 in the Queen's Gambit Declined and the French.

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Dutch Defense, King's Indian Defense, and Benoni-like openings

MickinMD wrote:

... The Slav Move by Move ...

MickinMD wrote:

I like the Slav Defense, though I like its cousin the Caro-Kann Defense better, so I usually answer 1 d4 with 1...c6.Â  If 2 c4 then 2...d5 makes it the Slav.Â  If 2 e4, then 2...d5 makes it the Caro-Kann.

The books I used to study both were Cyrus Lakdawala's The Slav Move by Move and The Caro-Kann Move by Move.

In each book, he will frequently ask student's question, like, "Why isn't it better to play Bg4 than Bf5 so you can pin the Knight at f3?"

That way, you don't just get a list of moves for each variation: you get a better understanding of the ideas behind the moves.

I began playing the Slav and Caro-Kann after I found I had a lot of trouble getting my QB, my "Bad Bishop" into the game when it got stuck behind my Pawn on e6 in the Queen's Gambit Declined and the French.

I also play the caro-kann against e4ðŸ˜€, maybe I will play the slav against d4!ðŸ˜€

Thanks for the suggestion!

How to beat d4 (QGA and other d4 openings as black)

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The Nimzo-Indian might be a good pick for you if you have a good understanding of positional play - especially weaknesses. There are a lot of books out there - play the Nimzo-Indian published by EverymanChess is my recommendation

The Nimzo-Indian: Move by Move

The Modern Benoni is very aggressive, a draw is not accepted. It's like a family of openings. 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 e6 4 Nc3 exd5 5 cxd5 d6 is the modern benoni, and recommended. 1 d4 c5 can also be played with succes. 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 is the Benko Gambit, not recommended. A good book is "Son of Sorrow The Modern Benoni - Survey of a structure"