Chess openings – Queen’s gambit accepted

Chess openings – Queen’s gambit accepted


Welcome to www.ChessOpenings.com. Today I’m
going to introduce main ideas in the Queen’s Gambit which begins with the
moves pawn to d4, pawn to d5 and pawn to c4. The Queen’s Gambit is a gradual
strategic opening in which White is aiming to get a slight advantage
and space in the beginning phase of the game and only later gradually develop
it into an attack. Let’s take a look. After the moves pawn to
d4, pawn to d5, pawn to c4, White is threatening to gain a central majority
and extra time with this move pawn takes pawn on d5. It’s natural to
ask “What happens if Black accepts the gambit with D takes c4?” In fact
this is no longer a very popular option but it’s still quite viable
and it’s known as the Queen’s Gambit Accepted or the QGA for short. This is exactly what I would like to talk
about today. The very first point that every good chess student should know
is that Black can’t hold onto the pawn. For example after the move pawn to e3
Black would be in bad shape if he tried to hold onto this pawn with the move
pawn to b5. White wins the pawn back by playing a4, you
know, attacking these pawns breaking these things down and if black plays
a6 well we have a pin all right so that move just didn’t do anything
at all. If he were to try pawn to c6 he would actually run into a really
nasty trap here. Pawn takes pawn. Pawn takes pawn. Now b3 would be sufficient to regain material
but instead White also has Queen to f3 just picking up material. Black
has no choice but to give up a Knight here on c6. So this is a really bad
idea for Black and because of ideas like this, like the ones I’ve shown
Black actually doesn’t try to hold onto the pawn on c4. He’s accepting this
gambit but only temporarily. White will be able to recapture the pawn. Right away there’s a couple interesting questions
which arise. If Black knows that White will eventually be able to
recover the pawn on c4 why does he play the Queen’s Gambit Accepted? Isn’t
it a good idea to hold onto our Central Pawns and not trade them for Flank
Pawns? We’ll see the answer to this in just a moment. A second question which might arise is “Why
doesn’t White go ahead and occupy the square e4 immediately with his
pawn as opposed to e3?” This is another interesting question and in describing
the answers to these two questions we’re going to gain some real strategic
insight into the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. First let’s talk about why Black chooses to
play the Queen’s Gambit Accepted even though White will eventually
recover the pawn. Black’s strategy is to avoid getting bogged down in
defending the D Pawn so that he can devote his efforts to attacking White
in the center with a counter- break of his own which is generally Pawn to
c5. Since Black hasn’t spent any time defending
the d5 Pawn he keeps his options maximally open to strike at White’s
center at the first convenient moment. An excellent example of this occurs
in the main line after Knight of 3, Knight of 6, e3, e6, Bishop Takes Pawn,
and now Black Plays Pawn to c5. This is really interesting because if
you think about it Black is applying the exact same strategy as White
did on Move Two. White played c4 to attack Black’s D Pawn. Now later after these moves it turns out Black’s
applying the exact same strategy. He’s using his C Pawn to attack
White’s D Pawn. In fact if White also plays Pawn Takes Pawn now or later and
believe it or not he quite often does. Let’s just imagine Black Recaptures
and you’ll see that we get to exactly symmetrical structure both sides
have played the exact same moves with their pawns. What we’ll often see though is White sometimes
does choose to take on c5 leading to the symmetrical formation or he
waits for Black to capture on d4 and accepts an isolated pawn in exchange for
peace activity and extra space. This second strategy is a bit more
popular than capturing on c5. We’ve begun to touch on our second question
which is “Why doesn’t White just go ahead and occupy the e4 square with
his pawn after Black played Pawn Takes Pawn?” As we just saw White is
anticipating Black is going to attack the d4 square with Pawn to c5. For this reason we’re reserving the E Pawn
in case we want to play Pawn to e3 as we often do. This doesn’t mean that
Pawn to e4 is a bad move it just has some drawbacks which is that both of the
pawns might end up being vulnerable. They can be struck at with various
pawn breaks or even peace activity as we’ll get a chance to see in a
moment. After the aggressive move Pawn to e4, Black
has four moves which allow him to tickle some of these weaknesses which White
has in the center. The most direct move is Pawn to e5 going straight for
the d4 point right away. Ideally White would want to continue with
either Pawn Takes Pawn or advance the pawn to d5 but they both lead to an absolute
mess here. For example Pawn Takes Pawn and now Black’s
going to rip the Queens off the board and remove Castling Rites from White.
He shouldn’t really have any problems recovering this e5 Pawn and he’s
going to play [inaudible 05:51] suspicion b4 and he’s going to cancel Queen’s
site. This is already an unpleasant situation for White. The King is
floating around in the center and we’ve lost control over the position very
quickly. The other idea you might end up with then
would be to advance the pawn to d5 but now the pawns are fixed and they become
really easy targets for Black. Black plays Knight to f6, Knights e3
and c6 so he’s got several attackers on this d5 point. White captures on c4 and it looks like maybe
we’ve consolidated things. Maybe we’ve held onto some advantage here
but Black has a great maneuver here he just plays Pawn to b5. We can’t afford
to put our Bishop anywhere but b3 because we’ve got to keep observation
of the d5 pawn, so Bishop b3 but now just Pawn to b4. These pawns are looking very shaky. It’s going
to be very difficult to find a way for White to find adequate compensation
for this attack on his center. It’s very difficult to play in these
ways but Gary suggests that White is doing okay and maybe even still has
a slight advantage if he just plays Knight to f3 in this position. I want to emphasize again this position is
perfectly viable for White It’s just not the most popular classical way for
White to play against the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. To give you some
other ideas let’s look at Knight to f6 attacking the e4 Pawn and this is baiting
White into playing e5 as he quite often does. Now Knight d5, Bishop Takes Pawn, Knight b6,
Bishop to b3, Knights e6. This sets up a funny little trap which is that
if we play Knight to f3 Black’s ready to pin us and continue the attack on
the pawn. White often plays Knight to e2 here avoiding the pin. Bishop
to f5. Knight B, c3, e6. This is starting to look good for Black. Black’s got
his bishop out of the pawn [chain]. He’s fixed the pawns. He’s ready
to always attack some point with f6 with these pawns here. White often plays
a3 avoiding maneuvers on the b4 square. Queen b7. Castles short, Castles long, and after Bishop
e3, Pawn to f6. By baiting these pawns forward into fixed positions Black
has managed to get an attack on these pawns. This is not a bad position
for White. It’s just a little bit different from the classical situation
which we’re trying to get with White with the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. This
more or less starts to explain why White often refrains from Pawn to e4. Now another quick thing I want to discuss
here is that White often doesn’t even play Pawn to e3 right away. This is because
Black has a little trick that I really don’t want to describe too much
in this position. He can play Pawn to e5 here and this creates some funny
little issues for White that he really doesn’t want to answer. After all that
explanation we now understand why White’s preferred move in this position
is Knight f3. He’s going to play e3 next move but he’s eliminating tricks
pawn to e5 and he’s going to play this more gradually. He’s not going to just try to blow Black up
in the center right away. He’s just going to gradually rely upon his space
advantage in the center. A very classical strategy. Now after the standard-book
move Knight f6 we play e3 intending to regain the pawn. Now after e6,
Bishop Takes Pawn, c5. Black has executed his central thrust. White’s standard
response here is to castle King-side. Now this is a situation
for Black he needs to figure out how he’s going to continue his development. If he develops for instance Bishop e7 this
looks like a great time to capture on c5 as we’ll discuss in a moment.
Black’s not that excited about moving the Bishop quite yet instead his most
common move is a6 preparing to bring out the light square Bishop with Pawn
to b5 and Bishop to b7. This is one of the key positions in the Queen’s Gambit
Accepted. Now, in this key position there are several
ways White can continue but they tend to fall into two categories those
in which White captures on c5 and those in which White waits for Black to
capture on d4. If White captures on c5 right away, he already gives
Black a couple little headaches after for example Bishop takes Pawn, Queen
Takes Queen, and King Takes Queen. Black’s King is in the center. This gives
White the chance to develop his Rogue with tempo harassing the King. Secondly
White retains his right to move. It’s not a lot in this position but
it’s actually enough for White to drum up some serious attacking chances if
he knows how to handle the position. The theory revolves around whether Black can
attain equality in this position or whether White can get a nagging
advantage that he can use towards the end-game. White has another method
to handle these positions. He can encourage Black to take on d4 since
after Pawn Takes Pawn he gains scope for his Bishop on c1 as well as a half-open
e5. This leads to the famous isolated Queen’s
Pawn situation which we’ve talked about so much in these videos. The pawn may
turn out to be weak in the long- run but in the short-run it’s great for providing
White’s pieces with outpost, open files and with attacking chances. Of course since it’s White’s move in this
position let’s show an example of one of the main lines which continues a4 getting
rid of this b5 idea. Knight c6, Queen to e2 very logical move preparing
to bring the Rook to d1, Pawn Takes Pawn, Rook d1, Bishop to e7, Pawn
Takes pawn. There’s that isolated Queen’s Pawn, Castles
and Knights e3. When White has extra space in the center and he has more
scope for his pieces, for example look at the difference between the Queen’s
Bishops on both sides. One Bishop has plenty of scope the other is practically
stalemated. This is one way White’s advantage in space is expressed.
In this position he also has a weak square b4 and often Black [plays]
the Knight to b4 and gains extra access to the d5 square. Over the long-term Black hopes to prove that
these are the most important factors. So the theory here is a struggle
as to whether White’s attacking chances will eventually win out, or will Black
be able to play for an end- game and control of the center and eventually
prove that this is a weaker pawn? There are some other popular and interesting
ways for White to play against the Queens Gambit Accepted. But I hope that
in this video we’ve managed to look at some of the most important ones and
get a really good idea for some of the strategic content of the Queen’s Gambit
Accepted. The Queen’s Gambit Accepted is a viable alternative
for players who want to play very solid for Black, who are okay with
defending patiently and waiting for the opponent to go a little bit
wrong as there are definitely some chances for Black to get some good play,
especially in the isolated Queen’s Pawn positions. On the other hand with White this is a bit
of a happy situation. It turns out that White can often get some good play
without much risk and this is very appealing for White. Based on these lines
though, if you really take a moment to let these ideas seep in and maybe
review this video a couple of times, you’ll be able to understand more why
Black tends to choose openings like the Queen’s Gambit [Declined] or the
[Slav] in response to the Queen’s Gambit. We’ll very much still be able to understand
why Black prefers to delay taking on c4 and only later plays for
setups like this after she achieved a somewhat more comfortable situation. We’ll get a chance to see that in other videos
of the Queen’s Gambit but until next time I can’t wait to see you again.

100 thoughts on “Chess openings – Queen’s gambit accepted

  1. Great video I've watched multiple times. After 3…Nf6, I think I prefer 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 for white, getting the dark-squared bishop out of the pawn chain and pinning the Knight, before playing e3. Is there any major disadvantage to that?

  2. Accepted line has helped my rating go up to 1700 from 1400 this year…really happy….im 12 though;)……takin some fame isn't bad sometimes…..well some of u r bettr but i dont care….

  3. at 10:28, when d4 x c5. Why don't  black take white queens? It won't lose it castle right that way.

    Anyway, very great video.

  4. After d4 d5 c4 dxc4 Nf3 b5 how should white respond?? I believe this is the main line up to Nf3 but then black tries to hang onto the pawn with b5. I cannot play queen to f3 to threaten the rook and win the knight on c6 because my knight is already occupying f3. How can i take advantage of blacks attempt to hang onto the pawn?

  5. Greteengs master Dereque Kelley,when i played knight f6,my opponent always plays bishop b4,and then take my knight,is that my advantage,or his?….

  6. @Anthony Murray: Also a great question! An immediate 4.a4! followed by advancing the e-pawn to e3 or e4 should be enough to chip away at the pawns and still leave Black is a somewhat compromised and inferior position 😉

  7. after 6.Bxc5 what happens if 7.Qxd8 Kxd8 would black be on disadvantage later in the game because of future attacks on the exposed king or is this one of those paradox positions?

  8. great videos! love how you explain, very clear

    there's something I haven't found on videos on queens gambit accepted and I've seen opponents use quite a few times. I've tried using the trap or gaining advantage from the position in 1:35, but then opponents move Bb7 and it's like the whole trap is ruined and don't really feel any positional advantage. How do I counter this?

    Loved your channel. Subscribing. Please do videos on Torre attack and Mexican defense

  9. Instead of playing 3. e3 if we play 3. Nf3 doesn't it give a chance for black to hold on to that pawn by playing bishop to e6?

  10. Love all your videos. I've watched plenty of chess teachers on the web and your by far the best. You introduce statistics and theory instead of just piece memorization. I've gone from level one on my chess ap (vs cpu) all the way to level 12 (12s the highest) just from watching your videos. Keep up the great work and thank you 🙂

  11. Once again another excellent video…Your insight has provided me some confidence against the D4 opening that I never use and hate playing against….As always ….Muchas Gracias !!!!

  12. I know in top level play it doesn't occur but what do you do when your opponent tries to hold onto his c4 pawn with bishop to e6? or what if he tries to hold onto his c4 pawn with queen to d5? thanks anyone reading this.

  13. Dereque ,
    I always comeback to review this very strong gambit
    Thanks to you Sir , my game have been improved tremendously
    Please continue with your excellent chess lessons.

  14. at 4:00 why not take whites queen so he cant castle king takes the queen than take the c pawn w/ bishop white has to waste moves to manually castle

  15. @Dereque Kelley
    Hey, thank you very much again for the great analysis and explanation about Queen's Gambit!
    I've learned alot and added some new strategies for my games. Looking forward for your other videos.

  16. 4:06 You didn't mention that after bishop takes white can exchange queens and deny black castling. Isn't that just good? Or am I wrong?

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  18. I think you're one of the best chess teachers here in youtube. Mainly because your way of teaching is so intuitive and logical I am able to remember very much of the video!! Thank you very much and greetings from Spain!!

  19. thank you very much! That is very instructive and yet very easy to watch video! Again, thank you! You did a good job!

  20. great video. the big picture is, if gambit accepted, and then he tries to shore up that pawn (with another pawn or bishop), his new pawn structure is too far from the minor pieces. the pawn structure must be undermined at the base (a4). then the minor pieces behind or vulnerable to many tactical things. bring queen out to attack rook, or your rook attacks rook. he is in trouble!

  21. At 1:21, What if black simply plays Bishop e6 instead?, protecting the c4 pawn You would then be down one pawn in material

  22. At 6:20 if Black plays ….b5! instead of c6 White is almost lost.  1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 e4 e5 4 d5 Nf6 5 Nc3 b5! and if 6 Nxb5 Nex4 7 Bxc4?? Bb4+ 8 Kf1 Bxf2!! White can resign.

  23. Great video as always, Dereque! But i didnt understand something. In 11:54, why not take on d4 with the knight? Is it better to take with the pawn? And also, by taking with the knight white has opened up the d-file, where black's queen is located. I mean, if white had the right to move in this position, he could play Nxe6, a double-attack on the queen and picking up material!!! Is there some drawback by playing Nxd4 instead of exd4?

  24. Hi, after D4, D5, C4,and then black plays bishop to C7 to defend the pawn how you would play into that? I keep facing that opening and its not what i have analyzed.

  25. Great video! im fairly new to chess and I've been trying various openings. I've noticed that my opponent hardly ever responds the way i expect them to. No offense but these videos suggest that your opponent will play the way you've demonstrated and that's rarely the case. My question is: what do you do if your opponent doesn't make the expected move and how are these gambits beneficial if it relies on your oppononent to play along?

  26. @4:00 wouldn't it be stronger to trade Queens for black, before capturing the pawn on c5? If black goes for the symmetrical variation, white can take away his castling rights, yeah? And black can avoid this while also doing the same to white by just trading Queens first?

  27. You have some of the better commentary and explanations on YouTube man, subscribe.

    Seriously, I clicked over from a gentleman who's audio sounded as if he had indeed mistook his mic for a breathing apparatus of some kind. I really want to make this point stick here… the guy made Darth Vader' s breathing seem subtle.

  28. Watched this video about a year ago. A friend and I practiced trying to hold on tho pawn in almost blitz speed games lol. It helped to see the ideas of why have to give back and how to punish a player who does not give back in a good time.

  29. Sir ,ur videos r great .I won state level last year in sub junior and this year I recently won zonal level in junior. Thanx for ur videos

  30. Dereque is the only consistently good opening YouTuber for me. Doesn't go too far down inferior lines, expands on alternate possibilities, talks about thematic elements instead of pushing rote memorization.

    Thank you!

  31. If i want to have a quick overview over a new opening i always ALWAYS look for your videos! They are very accurate. But what i like also: The view out of your window! Nice! Where is it? Which town?

  32. At 10:30 why wouldnt black trade queens first and then take the pawn with his bishop? Same end but he keeps his right to castle but maybe Im missing something

  33. Nice video. Thanks. Subtitle text is very annoying and needs a cross in top corner to allow to close this dialogue box

  34. thanks for isolating the queen's gambit accepted and going down further with all the variations. i was really losing focus when the instruction is going back and for between accepted and declined.

  35. Dereque is such a great teacher. Easy to follow. But I have to say, his smile and upbeat voice is distracting me constantly because it causes me to unconsciously to imitate him by smiling.

  36. My 3rd move usually is bishop f4 putting my darksquared bishop in the game before playing e3 but I don’t know if it’s bad or not

  37. Hi Dereque, Big fan of your apps. But I dont think QGA is currently out there as an app? Is it maybe in the plans? All the Best!

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