Queen’s Gambit Declined is a very popular variation of the Queen’s Gambit in which black declines the pawn sacrifice offered by white. Move 2…e6 supports the central pawn and releases the dark-squared bishop. Black obtains a solid position, but gives white some edge in the center as well as making light-squared bishop passive. In some variations, black can totally give up the center playing …dxc4. This defense is probably one of the safest ways for black to treat 1.d4. Many great games were played with this opening and will explore some of them in this article.
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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea is an active chess player and teaching chess for over two years. European champion U10, winner of several Romanian national championship medals, Woman International Master title since 2011. One Woman Grandmaster norm. Highest FIDE rating 2302.
IM Renier Castellanos is an active chess player and trainer for over 10 years, has worked for Chessbase and done live commentary on several major events, winner in many international tournaments. One Grandmaster norm. Highest FIDE rating 2529.