Category Archives: Trends QGA 2012

Trends 3.e4 c5 QGA 2012

Here is a 2011 game in the QGA 3.e4 which is Schandorff’s aggressive repertoire in Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit(Quality Chess 2012).

GM Akobian,V wins but why is a mystery as white is only slightly better in the final position. Black defends with 3…c5 which is not so popular now.

Video of Akobian,V

See his nice website Akobian for bio, pics, career information and more
‘…In 2011, GM Akobian won the Las Vegas Chess Festival defeating GM Kacheishvili in the final round with the black pieces. He also accepted the invitation to coach the US Team at the World Team Chess Championship held in China. 

At the Southern California Open tournament held during the Labor Day holiday, GM Akobian took clear first place with 5.5 points of 6. At the 2011 American Open, GM Akobian was again champion garnering a clear 1st place with 7 points out of 8 . He ended the year with a 2nd place finish at the North American Open in Las Vegas, increasing his USCF rating to an all-time personal high of 2721.(more)’

Akobian,V (2613)-Altounian,L (2431)
3.e4 c5[D20]
1st Metropolitan International Los Angeles USA (3), 18.08.2011

Position 1
Early in the game nothing special seems to be happening. What do you suggest for white?

  • 8.Nf3(normal development)
  • 8.Nge2(develop with out worrying about …Bg4 pins)
  • 8.Bg5(aggressive development to induce …Nbd7)
  • Something else

White to Play


Position 2
Black has a pawn for the exchange and is playing energetically. After 18…Nd4, white has to deal with the threat to Nf3. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


Trends 3.e4 e5 QGA 2012

Here is a recent game in the QGA 3.e4 which is Schandorff’s aggressive repertoire in Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit(Quality Chess 2012).

GM Khismatullin,D wins with a nice attack.

Bio and Photo Echesspedia


Russian Grandmaster (2004) who won the silver medal at the World U16 in 2000 and was World University Champion in 2004 (shared).

Other victories: 
  • Privolzhsky 2005, 
  • Vladimir Open 2005, 
  • Voronezh Open 2006 and 2010, 
  • Izmailov’s Memorial 2008 (RUS), 
  • Gubernators Cup Ugra 2009 and 
  • Memorial Izmailov Petr Memorial (RUS) 2011, 
  • 1-4th;Botvinnik Memorial 2011 (RUS). 

Also Nezhmetdinov Memorial 2006, 2nd; 53rd Russian Championship 1st league 2006, 2-8th; Russian Championship final 2006, 5-7th. Denis was awarded an individual gold medal for the best result at board six at the 2011 European Club Cup.’

Khismatullin,D (2656)-Mastrovasilis,A (2510)
3.QGA 3.e4 e5[D20]
13th EICC Plovdiv BUL (9.25), 29.03.2012

Position 1
White is aggressively placed on the kingside. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


Trends QGA 2012 3.e4 Nc6(D20)

Here is a recent game in the 3.e4 Nc6 Queen’s Gambit Accepted played by Rodshtein in the Biel Masters 2012.


The theme is the overextended queenside.

Rodshtein,M (2642) – Raetsky,A (2449)
QGA 3.e4 Nc6[D20]
45th BielMasters Open BielSUI (11), 03.08.2012

Position 1
Black seems to be making some progress on the queenside. The a3 pawn is weak and has been fixed and targeted. Now the light squares(b3) look loose and ready for occupation. How should white respond?

White to Play


QGA Trends 3.e4 Nf6(D20)

Here is a model game on weak dark square play from the recent Istanbul Olympiad. The 3.e4 line is Schandorff’s repertoire recommendation in Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit(Quality Chess 2012).

The themes are

  • Weak dark squares
  • Kingside attack
  • Alternation play
Wojtaszek,R (2717) – Nakamura,Hi (2778)
QGA 3.e4 Nf6[D20]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR (11.4), 09.09.2012


Radosław Wojtaszek (born 13 January 1987 in Elbląg, Poland) is a Polish chess Grandmaster

In 2004 he won the European Youth Chess Championship (U-18), the World Youth Chess Championships (U-18)[1] and the Cracovia Open with 7.5/9.[2][3] He won the Polish Chess Championship in 2005.[4] In 2006 Wojtaszek played for the Polish team at the Chess Olympiad played in Turin scoring 9 points out of 11 games.[5] 

In December 2008 Wojtaszek became the European rapid chess champion.[6] In 2009 Wojtaszek finished second in the Polish championship, shared second with Michael Roiz at the international tournament in Lublin and won the Najdorf memorial played in Warsaw. In 2009/10 he tied for 1st-5th with Eduardas Rozentalis, Pavel Ponkratov, Luke McShane and Igor Lysyj at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm.[7] 

In January 2010 Wojtaszek finished again second in Polish championship. Wojtaszek won the 5th International Tournament of Polonia Wrocław played between the end of June and beginning of July 2010.[8][9] He participated in the San Juan International tournament played in Pamplona during the end of July and beginning of August 2010 and scored 6.5 points out of 9 games winning the tournament.[10][11] 

At the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Wojtaszek played on the first board for Poland scoring 6 points in 9 games. In June 2011 he won the 9th Gyorgy Marx Memorial in Paks, Hungary.[12]
He has been one of the four seconds to world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand since his successful title defence match againstVladimir Kramnik in October 2008,[13] also assisting him in defending his title in April–May 2010[14] against Veselin Topalov and in May 2012 against Boris Gelfand.[15][16]-‘Wikipedia Wojtaszek R

Position 1
The kingside attack is well under way. How should white continue the attack?

  • 40.h6+(as played) to exploit the dark squares, especially g7.
  • 40.hg opening up the h-file.
  • Something else.

White to Play