Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense (1 d4 d5 2 c4 Nc6): chess opening performance statistics, strategy and tactics, famous games, PGN download. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.e3 e5!? Huebner vs R Rabiega, (D07) Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 20 moves, J Razuvajeva vs Y Sepman, The Chigorin Defense is a chess opening that gives you active piece play. Replay Chess Games until you learn how to play this opening system.

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Number of games in database: Steinitz – Chigorin World Championship Match. V Tabunshchikov vs Schiffers.

S G Ruth vs W Napier. K A Walbrodt vs Chigorin. S F Lebedev vs Chigorin. Bd2 Bxc3, does anyone know which move is supposed to be better, 7. Bxc3 as in the game Topalov vs Morozevich, Actually, speaking of that Kasparov game, it’s interesting to see the huge burst in popularity for the move 7. Before then it had only been played a handful of times, including this win by Rubinstein Rubinstein vs Tartakower, Strange that such a natural move could be so unpopular until Kasparov’s game with Ivanchuk.

Be6 is worth looking at though White has the advantage. I would play 8. I believe that move guarantees black a full share of the chances.

Ofcourse there will be people who automatically claim that white has an advantage due to bishop pair in position with open centre after 9.

D07: Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin defence

Nxc6 Qxc6 and then something like Seriously, everyone ‘knows’ that a bishop pair with an open centre should constitute an advantage. But it’s like everyone thinks you can then automatically exploit that advantage, the bishops will do it by themselves.

I gladly would like to know how white is going to make progress in that queenless middlegame. I would rather play the black side anyway.

The knight will be very stable on d5 and white’s pawn structure and lack of development make it more important to actually hold on to the bishop pair than to try to exploit it.

Lasker said in his manual of chess, taht even thought a player has the advantage it doesnt mean he has instantly won een though most chess players thin that way, he also said that the player who has the obvious advantage most of the time grows arrogant and plays worse then the player who doesnt have the iniativ, i my games that is so treu when i stand worse i player better chess then when i have the advantage. So this is probaly playble just like defeense spanisch exhange where white also has a bishop pare in a open game.


If you like quick devolepment, The Tarrasch defence defensr great 2, but you can get a isolatet d pawn.

Chigorin Defense – Wikipedia

What you say about the Budapest being easier to learn may well be true. Morozevich said something to the effect that playing the Chigorin and also the Albin countergambit helped him to improve his understanding of what one can and what one cannot do with the black pieces. So, apart from anything else, the Chigorin may have an important instructive function.

Some grandmaster once said that whoever is afraid of an IQP shouldn’t play chess! He said it becose he thought that th emobilty gain by an isolatet pawn most of all the queen pawn its more easly gaurded is worth much more then the isolation of the pawn. It’s sharp and tricky, has quite a good record, and I suspect many players don’t have any idea what to do against it.

Yes the tarrasch also has many intresting side lines you should look into it. But we are going a little off topic here: P i personally do not use the chigorin defence i most of the time use the klassikel queens gambit declined but it looks intresting to look in.

Has Chigorin been ‘refuted’ at the top level at least for now? I don’t see any Top level GMs using it any more, in other words Morozevich stoped using it. If so what line is considered to be the strongest for white? I am just curious, I will still play the Chigorin.

Morozevich did write a book on it – after he stopped playing it. Does anyone know particular games or lines which sent it back into slumber? I’ve been revisting the defence of late. Also – Other books on it, please? It’s amazing that the Chigorin was “invented” by Chigorin who was then basically the only one to play it until the s.


The Tactical Chigorin, a Review

The fact that few GMs play it today does not mean much. Kasparov has said something similar to the Chigorin being ridiculous, but objectively it is hardly less sound than the King’s Indian. One main important thing with the Chigorin is edfense is results in position quite unique compared to other openings: This does not mean the the opening is unsound.

Just think how much theory was necessary to chigrin the King’s Indian playable.

I bet if Fischer had played the Chigorin, Kasparov would have played it too — with good results. A possible combo for the black player who plays Chigorin against 1. Also something of a surprise, and also not an unsound opening. Although the KID almost certainly has more strategic depth than the Chigorin.

There are three repertoire books which explore that possibility: Smyslov could trot this baby out against the likes of Portisch, Gligoric and Kasparov and make it stick. Beware the Chigorin if your an initiate, because it’s easy to lose your way and get crunched.

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