Blitz Chess #354: Queen’s Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|2. The opening played was the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense. A quiet middlegame quickly occurs in this one with a couple minor pieces being exchanged. A fairly static structure is present in the center, and each side aims to activate their rooks successfully via a pawn break. White seeks play on the queenside with the typical minority attack, and black seeks plays on the kingside.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nbd7 { D60 Queen’s Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense } 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Nxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 Nf6 11. Ne5 Ne4 12. O-O Bf5 13. Rc1 c6 14. Qc2 f6 15. Nf3 Kh8 16. a3 Bg4 17. Nd2 Nxd2 18. Qxd2 f5 19. b4 a6 20. a4 Qg5 21. f3 Bh5 22. b5 axb5 23. axb5 Ra3 24. bxc6 bxc6 25. Rxc6 h6 26. Re6 Rfa8 27. f4 Qg4 28. h3 Qg3 29. Rf2 Ra1+ 30. Bf1 Be8 31. Qc2 Bb5 32. Qxf5 Bxf1 33. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 34. Kxf1 Ra1+ 35. Ke2 Qxg2+ 36. Kd3 Ra3

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  1. Jerry would you ever jumped into the tournaments that starts the game with a random opening?
    or create one?

  2. Thanks for the daily updates, Jerry! Much appreciated. 🙂

  3. Enjoyable game, I play a lot of qgd so it's always nice to see it in your videos

  4. You should consider playing 9.e4 instead of Nxd5. White has the advantage there. Black should have taken 7.exd instead (of Nxd5). Black's problem piece Bc8 is not yet solved.there. In the game it was solved, because e4 wasn't played, wich is why blacks position is comfortable in the game. Also the extra trade of a pair of knights in the game further helped black, due to his original lack of space.

  5. Jerry Grischuk … 😛 the last 5 seconds are more than enough to manage the decisive moments of the game

  6. Hey Jerry(or anyone else who knows..), just what did you miss @11:25 in the video when you played Qxf5? You say something like "4 seconds is not a lot, i have this(referring to Rd8+), and you also have this to defend(motioning for Qg4). I'm curious as to just what did you missed here.. so if you could answer this, it would be much appreciated and imo, would also be a positive educational experience since it allows one to see/accustomize oneself with the thinking/style/strength of someone much higher rated than thee.. -_-

  7. a little off topic but why do none of the chess rating systems consider color?

  8. I love it when you do a post game analysis of the matches you lose. It gives us some insight on how to get the most mileage out of a lost game.

    Thanks Jerry!

  9. what if you tried knight to d2 sooner and chased him out?

  10. "four second is not a lot"……….classic Jerry

  11. Bb1 would be an impressive defensive move. Will keep note of something like that.

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