Opening of the day: The Semi-Tarrasch

  • The Semi-Tarrasch is a sub-variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, which arises after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5.
  • On the surface it appears like a Tarrasch, but the fact that Black avoids the isolated queen pawn means that it is actually more similar to the Grunfeld.
  • The Semi-Tarrasch is a solid opening that is very positional. It can be hard for either side to fight for an advantage with optimal play.

The Semi-Tarrasch is a sub-variation of the ultra-sound Queen’s Gambit Declined. It is a cousin of the Tarrasch Defense but differs considerably.

The Semi-Tarrasch arises after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5. The idea behind it is to strike right at White’s center pawns.

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