Queen's Gambit Declined
We will be looking at the Queen's Gambit Declined from Black's point of view.
It arises after the following moves:
|1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6|
Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7
Note: White cannot win a pawn with 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nxd5
|5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Qa5 This is the Cambridge Springs Variation.|
White has to be careful as the bishop on g5 is under hidden attack from the Black Queen. The natural developing move Be3 is a mistake.
|7.Bd3 Ne4 8.Nd2 Nxd2 9.Qxd2 dxc4 and White loses a piece as the two bishops are both under attack!|
|or White could try:|
8.Bf4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qxc3+ 10.Kf1 dxc4
8.Bxe4 dxe4 9.Ne5 Bb4
|but Black still gains an advantage.|
White now has three reasonable seventh moves: