The Queen's Gambit Declined is an opening of great historical importance and Black's fundamental answer to 1d4. From the very first move Black obtains a firm foothold in the center, something that White finds extremely hard to undermine. Indeed, Black often bases his entire strategy around this control. The soundness of the Queen's Gambit Declined has never been in question, and its supporters at the highest level include a long list of Grandmasters headed by Kasparov, Kramnik, Karpov, and Short, as well as many World Champions from the past.
This book is a further addition to Everyman's best-selling Starting Out series, which has been acclaimed for its original approach to tackling chess openings. Neil McDonald goes back to the basics of the Queen's Gambit Declined, introducing the key moves and ideas, and taking care to explain the reasoning behind them - something that is often neglected or taken for granted in other texts. In this user-friendly guide, the reader is helped throughout by an abundance of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the Queen's Gambit Declined and of opening play in general. Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined is a perfect guide for improving players or for those new to this opening.
Author English Grandmaster Neil McDonald is an experienced and successful player on the international chess circuit. He is a respected chess coach, who has trained many of England's strongest junior players. McDonald is also a talented chess writer and has many outstanding works to his name.
- Detailed coverage of a classic chess opening
- Written by a Queen's Gambit Declined expert
- All the main lines are covered
- 192 Pages
- Publisher: Everyman
- Published: 2006