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‘The first books I browse when I go to the bookstore’
– ChessCafe.com

‘The ideal opening training manuals.’
-- Glenn Flear – New In Chess

‘They fill a serious gap in the current chess literature, and will be extremely popular with amateur chess players.’
-- Chessville.com


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The Queen’s Gambit Declined is an opening of great historical importance and Black’s fundamental answer to 1 d4. From the very first move Black obtains a firm foothold in the centre, 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.

*Detailed coverage of a classic chess opening
*Written by a Queen’s Gambit Declined expert
*All the main lines are covered

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. Earlier Everyman Chess books include Concise Chess Openings and Starting Out: The English.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess; 1st edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857444264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857444261
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Ali on February 16, 2007
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There aren't that many books on the QGD -- Marovic and Polugayevsky are the only authors that come to mind off the top of my head, and they're both somewhat dated. So there's definitely a niche for a book on the subject. The book under review is a godsend for a 1.d4 player like myself who wants a clear explanation of ideas. For instance, in the classical set-up (...c6, ...Nbd7, ...Be7), what does one aim for in the tabiya position that arises after 12....e5?

The book, as the author makes clear, doesn't cover every main line: it restricts itself to the Tartakower, the Lasker, the Exchange, the Classical, the Cambridge Springs, and the Bf4 lines. The author explains the ideas in each of these lines using games from both past and present. Every class player who plays or encounters the QGD will benefit from this, and even experts may pick up a few things.

In my humble opinion, mastery of QGD and QGA postions is essential for every chessplayer, regardless of whether he plays them or not.To this extent, the book belongs on every player's shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Guaimare on November 3, 2013
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Great book to begin playing queen's gambit with confidence. I read almost all the book in one week because i was going to play a tournament. I played 3 queen's gambit, Two wins one draw. I did not remembre all the moves but i understood the ideas. Now I am going to read the book again to really learn it. Forget about crazy complications, You will get solid positions and then outplay them.
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By moviebuff on November 23, 2013
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I found this book to be very useful indeed as I play this defence a lot. the author knows his stuff; he's a very creditable chess player and has other books to his credit. Again, there are numerous options for your consideration and will be of value to players of both sides.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Busta on December 13, 2012
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There are many typing errors in this book, and the writing isn't as good as earlier books by the author. But still useful.
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