Need sure points? Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Central Variation Edition

Beth Harmon: You think I’m a prima donna, don’t you?
Harry Beltik: It’s chess. We’re all prima donnas
The Queen’s Gambit series

Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD) is arguably more popular these days. Still this should not stop you from looking into the Queen’s Gambit Accepted (QGA), especially at the club level. The positions that arise allow for active piece play and are tactical in nature. Of course Black does not hold onto the c4-pawn grab. The best thing to do is develop quickly and attack White’s center relentlessly. If you are a “d4” player, sooner or later you will need to look into the QGA.

There are a few different ways to play as White. One of them is to create a pawn center and do your best to hold onto it. If Black is not playing aggressive enough, you can build up solid support for your center and then start attacking with it. This is the central variation and I have picked two illustrative games that can be your starting point in analysing the QGA.

You will see the opening moves being identical in both games below. Black’s game is as aggressive as it should be. That catches the White king in the center and the perpetual cannot be avoided. Sometimes it is all you need to succeed. I could not find any refutation of this line.

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Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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