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    Comment on the opening:

    In QGD black tries to exchange light squared bishop and white tries to prevent it. After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 white usually succeeds in at least delaying the exchange. White also has a plan with Ne2-g3 followed by f3-e4.
    To kill both plans black can play 3...Be7 instead of 3...Nf6 (not applicable to above game as black played Nf6 on move one!).

    In the game white should've been happy with the opening and simply play Nf3 followed by 0-0. Queen side castle, especially after f3-c5, is not a good idea.
    I also wouldn't play 8...h6, and not because of king side attack danger.
    After that move black can never play Bg4-h5-g6 (very useful manoeuvre to neutralise Bd3) or f6 to protect e5 square if necessary. h7 square is usually covered by playing Re8-Nf8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igor_Goldenberg View Post
    Comment on the opening:
    ...black can play 3...Be7 instead of 3...Nf6 ....
    after 3...Be7, there is a line fun for white. 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 ...c6 6.e3 ...Bf5, 6.g4! and 7.h4! I hope for it every game.

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    Its certainly playable...but i would not give g4 and h4 exclamation marks. If black is prepared, he will obtain good counterplay.
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    Went a long way to curing myself of my hatred of defending against this thing with a win today against an exchange-QGD setup. However it was far from mainline as white played the rather unambitious 8.Be2.

    While preparing for this game I discovered this interesting "fake fianchetto" idea that I had not known about before:

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    I believe this is quite a standad move, the idea is to play Bf5 and to exchange white square bishops. In fact, this is possibly the main line these days. Black's black squares look weak but the weakness is really hard to exploit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    I believe this is quite a standad move, the idea is to play Bf5 and to exchange white square bishops. In fact, this is possibly the main line these days. Black's black squares look weak but the weakness is really hard to exploit.
    Yes, White normally chooses the move order 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 so White can get Bd3 in before Black plays ...Bf5.
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