Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights, Semi-Tarrasch Defense

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5

In the Tarrasch Defense, Black loses no time in breaking his central bonds. The ...c5 move will knock out White's space advantage, but usually results in an isolated pawn for Black.


  • Active play
  • Black does not lack space


  • Isolated Queen's pawn

Learn The Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation

Learn the key ideas for both sides in the popular Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit. This video also covers the active, but risky Tarrasch Defense and the solid Semi-Tarrasch Defense.
28 min
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