Then, when you get comfortable with the Orthodox line, begin learning the exchange variation and change the move order to the traditional Nf6 then Be7. Queen’s Gambit: The Ragozin Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 . These lead to the Queen's Gambit Declined , Queen's Gambit Accepted, and Slav and Semi-Slav openings. Always have been, always will be. The internet's oldest and best chess database and community. The new 1. d4 d5 book from Ntrilis is phenomenal. The Queen's Gambit Declined has the reputation of being one of the best defenses against the Queen’s Gambit and is played at the highest levels of chess. level 1 If you are not a GM, they are all good. Tartakower's ,Lasker's , Ragozin and Tarrasch are the best defenses against Queen's gambit.If you want to improve then learning the isolated and the hanging pawn positions is important so choose Tartakower's or Tarrasch(or both). In the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, the Fischer Defense is given the code C34. The disadvantage of course is you may well wind up with an isolated pawn at d5, but as compensation, you will have free development of all of your pieces. There is no "best", it depends. Welcome to /r/chess! In my video lesson, I’ll cover the traps for both continuations 2…dxc4, when Black accepts the gambit, and 2…e6, when Black declines the gambit. Re: What's the best defense against the queen's gambit? A very good technique to know in the Queen’s Gambit Declined in chess on the Black side. Semi Slav boring? 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5.. Specifically the Tarrasch Variation is often recommended. But nowadays it is not that popular at all at Super GM levels. The goal of this community is to foster in-depth discussion about all things chess, from games, puzzles, and analysis to news and current events. (note that c4 is a pawn that is not directly defended.) Today I will present to you the 5 best chess opening traps in the Queen’s Gambit, which follows the move order 1.d4 d5 2.c4. Fischer called 3...d6 "a high-class waiting move". (I'll just loosely define white's attempt to enter the Queen's Gambit when his first moves are d4 and c4.) Lasker's Defense typically begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.Nf3 Ne4, offering the trade of two minor pieces to ease Black's defensive task. For near beginners, try the Tarrasch: d5, e6, c5. Wikipedia article: Queens Gambit. A quite recent idea is 4.d4 g5 5.Nc3.  It allows Black to hold the gambit pawn with ...g5 (unless White plays the immediate 4.h4) while avoiding the Kieseritzky Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5). I've never really understood why, though. As principled at e6 is for Black in the Queen’s Gambit in chess, there is another variation of the Queen’s Gambit opening, the Slav Defense, that we should cover. For good reason, many coaches recommend that new players learn how to play classically before they learn how to get away with playing un-classically. 10.Qf3 Kd8 "and with King and Queen reversed, Black wins easily".. My grandpappy was a semi-Slav guy. If you play d4 then you should know Queens Gambit Declined Trap. (improving on Spassky's 9.Nc3) Qe7 10.Qe2 Bf5 11.Nd2, which, according to Fischer, "leads to an ending where Black's extra pawn is neutralized by White's stranglehold on the dark squares, especially [f4]".