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Queen's Gambit Declined [Paperback]

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.15" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   Everyman Chess
ISBN  1857442563  
EAN  9781857442564  

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In this book Grandmaster Sadler explains the ideas behind the Queen's Gambit Declined, one of Black's most dependable replies to the queen's pawn. He discusses all of the major variations in popular practice, explaining the key plans and ideas and highlighting important recent developments. Written by Grandmaster Matthew Sadler, one of the world's top young players, this book offers a full explanation of both the latest theory and important thematic ideas and covers the ever-popular Queen's Gambit Declined.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! With victory in the British Championship in 1995, Matthew Sadler established himself as one of the world s leading young grandmasters. His performances at the Olympiad in 1996 and European Championships in 1997 were major factors in the success of the English team at those events. This book completes a trilogy of Queen s Gambit books by grandmaster Sadler which includes The Slav and the Semi-Slav, both of which are published by Everyman Chess."

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finally I came to understand my opening  Jan 28, 2008
Since I was about 11 years old I always played the queens gambit (I am 23 years old now but took a 2 year break from chess). I was always a strong youth player that never really had chess coaches to teach openings , but I was always though in competition .

Most of my QGD knowledge is from rueben fine's book ideas behind the chess openings. I was fine with that because I could just play the opening getting nice positions with plans and I could spend the saved time on sharper systems with black!). I wil now give my argumentations why it is great to have studied and read this book.

1. QGD has the ideas of all QP opening in it (Sadler) so you will really benefit even if you wil play the slav or QGA later on
2. It is more based on understanding (where to put your pieces, pawn structure psycholigical factors, move orders) so you will actually learn more about chess (themes like hanging pawn, minority attack isolated pawn kingside attack are all there!!)
The question and answer format really helps with this, especially people like me who dont't work much with coaches and stronger players. ( NB sadler uses a question and answer format to explain the ideas)
3. A lot of white players play it because it is safe, playing and knowing it with black gives good chances to equalize in the opening!
4. The quality of the book is great, I found only one move pair left out in game 48 that was all. The diagrams and games are very good.

some disadvantages:

1. only Be7 (no cambridge springs etc)
2. Capablanca - Alekhine match is not really mentioned
3. A bit slow sometimes, if you are new to the opening you can get bored (very subtle games, many draws etc..)

Anyway for my it is one of the greatest chess books I have read, and i will reread it in the future.

About the required audience level, great for club players/ even youth players I think, stronger players (candidate masters etc) will need more and sharper stuff i guess and will already know most of it. I am rated about 1900 but i think 1400-2100 rating level can benefit the most.

bravo sadler !
Best opening book I've seen!  Jul 26, 2006
I recently purchased Sadler's QGD book because Silman had recommended this line as a solid, easy to learn response to d4 and I wanted a deeper understanding than what Silman provided in his short article(available on his web site). My initial reaction to Sadler's book is simple, "Why don't chess publishers REQUIRE all opening books be written like this?" QGD uses the typical complete game method found in most opening books. What sets it apart is the Socratic method Q and A that explains just about everything about the lines discussed. I believe that far too many opening books expect you to know a lot about the line before you begin the book, this book does not make that fatal error. In short, this book can TEACH you the lines it covers. My understanding is growing daily. Hats off to Mr. Sadler. Now let's urge publishers to follow his format with all their opening books.
A must-have for the 1 d4 player (and his opponent!)  Sep 17, 2005
This book deals mainly with 4...Be7 systems, with chapters on the Lasker, Orthodox systems, Tartakover, Exchange, Bxf6 systems, and the 5.Bf4 variation. All 110 games in these chapters are complete. The notes are relevant and a joy to read, with complete sentences to explain the moves or alternate moves in question, unlike those in pretentious books that try to be exhaustive by giving too many irrelevant variations, and are just tedious and boring. The last chapter, "Queen's Gambit Declined: `General Knowledge'", is four pages long and has two classical traps and a paragraph for each of four alternatives to 4...Be7: Bb4, Nbd7, c5, and dxc4. If you want a QGD book that delves deeper into some of these variations in addition to 4...Be7, check out Bogdan Lalic's "Queen's Gambit Declined: Bg5 Systems", also from Everyman and runner-up for the British Chess Federation's Book of the Year award, the award "Queen's Gambit Declined" got in 2000. If you want a book on the Tarrasch, look at Jacob Aagaard's "Meeting 1 d4".

But missing those lines is not a problem, because the author aims to give the reader a general understanding of the opening, not a complete repertoire. To this end, Sadler uses several examples from other queen pawn openings (like Semi-Slav, QGA, Nimzo-Indian) which are not digressions, but very relevant because after all, "(t)he QGD is the original queen's pawn opening; modern systems such as the Slav and Semi-Slav or the QGA have developed by taking features from the QGD and accelerating them..." (Sadler).

Sadler uses a wonderful Q&A format to explain the ideas of the QGD. These questions and answers give the reader a more solid understanding of the opening based on general strategy, which is something missing in most chess books.

"QGD" gives advice to both sides on how to transpose into the QGD. For example, 3 Nf3 avoids the Nimzo-Indian, 1 c4 avoids the QGA, and then 1...e6! can transpose into the QGD. This flexibility makes knowing the line good for both Black and White players.

Don't let the fact that Sadler deals mainly with 4...Be7 discourage you from buying this book. You will find after reading it that 4...Be7 can be much more solid than the alternatives, and that your game against other queen pawn openings will improve.
Advanced book; in-depth analysis; many digressions; lacks some lines  Jul 3, 2005
First please note: I'm not an advanced player. My online rating is around 1400. I'm not in the USCF. I rarely study with a board. I just like chess and want to get a little better, without allowing it to become an obsession. It is not my life, so I won't ever become great at it.
My parents taught me chess when I was little and they taught me QGD. I have always known it a bit, and continually try to learn more about it and QGA.
Now to the review:
I bought this book about three years ago and now rarely refer to it. I have since gathered other instructive texts that are more appropriate to my level, and which I find easier to read.

I want to like this book, but find that it is not for someone like myself who merely wants to read about openings and look for the dumb moves to avoid. You really have to study this book. You should set up a board or even two or three.

The author continually starts reviewing/examining a game, then spends a lot of time on what happened in another game, or what might happen [on a long side-line] if a player did a specific move. This is great for those of you at that high rating level.

As someone who rarely uses a board with a book and who reads the book, I found the diagrams not so useful in this book, because so amny of them relate to the side-line, not the game that is actually being analyzed. I got confuded sometimes; I couldn't match a diagram with the game that was being discussed in nearby text.

Others have pointed out how not all lines are covered, and a few other things. I just wanted to point out that this book is not an intro to QGD, but is a more advanced book.
It's not for everyone, but for some of you it may be the thing to get you even higher on the food chain, I mean ratings chart. :-)
It's not the right book for me; it could be for you. be sure to consider your rating and study habits before buying it.
QGD with Be7  Dec 18, 2003
Hi, Sadlers book revolves around systems that play Be7. You should know this before purchasing the book. That said, it is top notch work again by Sadler. The question and answer format is a pearl unto itself, found only in Sadler's books. The format is intelligent. To play an opening correctly you "should" know the mainline as well as any possible traps. Sadler scores well here, detailing both. His personal comments at the end of each chapter reflect his likes & dislikes of the presented mainline. All in all, if your wanting to know the Be7 systems inside and out, I can fully recomend this book. On the downside, like all books from Everyman press, they are without algebraic notation. In my mind this hinders any chess book from becoming more that it is. Multiple systems are given in each chapter, concerning your opponets move orders. Sadler does make it clear that move orders are very important, stating that you must know them. examples are given for each and evey case.

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