Queen’s Gambit Accepted For Beginners

This article is from my friend Bent Hansen who focused on the line in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted where many beginners make mistakes. Let’s go to learn how to avoid those mistakes!

I noted that a lot of you try to fight for a pawn in the line Queens gambit accepted: 1.d4  d5 2.c4 dxc4 and now

A) 3.Nf3 b5??
B) 3. e4 b5?? or
C) 3. e3 b5??

Fighting for this pawn is NOT GOOD! No mather that black is NOT ABLE to hold on too this pawn, and if all comes to that, than black is in A LOT OF TROUBLES. Weaking the queenside like that is destined to go wrong… Let’s take some diagrams to look that it.

The first is : 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 b5??

Queen's Gambit Accepted - diagram 1

Now let’s look at this for 1 minute. Black wants to keep the pawn at c4, and so protects it with the b7 pawn. First off all playing like this will open the line a8 – g2 ( e.g. White is able to play g3 and then Bg2, and the bishop get too control the g2 – a8 line ). Secondly we can point out, that weaking the queenside like this can be punished by a VERY easy attack from White. You don’t need to be a strong player to realize this.

So now White will show Black, that this move is WRONG by playing 4.a4!! – attacking the pawn as you can see in the diagram below.

Queen's Gambit Accepted - diagram 2

Now black is ready to fight for the pawn and plays 4…. c6. But it’s NOT GOOD. White has a simple move, that all chessplayer can understand. 5.e3 a6.

Queen's Gambit Accepted - diagram 3

And now 6.b3 – … and the fight for the pawn is over.

Looking at the last diagram, it is possible to see that black has to many weak spots and white has control over things.

So dear chessplayer, DON’T FIGHT FOR THIS PAWN. Because now after 6…. cxb3 white is ready to take on b5 e.g 7. axb5 cxb5 8.Bxb5+! and white is on top on things…


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