Black 1.d4 d5 Opening Repertoire
Lecture #5

by FM Steve Stoyko

1.d4 d5 Repertoire [D58]

Kenilworth Chess Club/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2005


1. d4 d5

Black can also play a more cagey method, which allows him to meet non-QGD lines such as the Torre, London, and Colle with more of a Hedgehog formation that includes ....d6 (rather than ...d5), ...c5 ...b6, ...Bb7, ...a6, ...O-O, ...Re8, ...Qc7, and ...Nbd7 with chances to push through with ...Pe5. This is actually a more dynamic system than the one I recommend with 1.d4 d5, so you should be aware of this method of playing.

 

1... Nf6 2. Nf3

(2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 Nbd7=)

 

2... e6

(2... d5)

 

3. e3

(3. Bg5 The Torre System, but still with potential to transpose to main line QGD territory so you have to be aware. 3... Be7 (3... c5!?) (3... b6!? 4. e4 (4. d5 exd5 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. Qxd5 Qxb2! 7. Qxa8?? Qc1#) 4... h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. Bd3 Bb7=) 4. e3 c5 followed by the ...b6, ...Bb7, ...d6, ...O-O, ...Qc7 set-up as we shall see. Players were already using this method against Torre himself at Moscow 1925.)

 

(3. Bf4 The London System 3... Be7 4. e3 c5 5. c3 O-O 6. Nbd2 cxd4 7. exd4 b6 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O d6 10. Re1 Nd5 (10... Re8 11. Ng5 Nbd7 12. Qc2 Nf8 13. Re3 g6 14. Nh3 Nd5 15. Rg3 Nxf4 16. Nxf4 Bh4 17. Rh3 Qf6 18. g3 Bg5 19. Ng2 Bxd2 20. Qxd2 e5 21. dxe5 dxe5 22. Qh6 Rad8 23. g4 Rd6 24. g5 Qe6 25. Re1 Red8 26. Ree3 Rxd3 27. Rxd3 Qc6 28. Kf1 Qxg2+ 29. Ke1 Qg1+ 0-1 Herzog,A-Felsberger,A/Austria 1997 (29)) (10... Nbd7 11. Nf1 Re8 12. Ng3 a6 13. Qe2 Qc7 14. Rad1 b5 15. Ng5 Bd5 16. Bb1 Qc6 17. N5e4 g6 18. f3 Rad8 19. Nf1 Nh5 20. Bh6 Qb6 21. Ne3 Bb7 22. Kh1 Ndf6 23. Qf2 Nd5 24. Nxd5 Bxd5 25. Ng3 Bh4 26. Re2 f5 27. f4 Rc8 28. Bg5 Bxg3 29. hxg3 Qb7 30. Rde1 Qg7 31. Bh4 h6 32. g4 fxg4 33. f5 gxf5 34. Bxf5 g3 35. Qe3 Rc7 36. Bd3 Qg4 37. Qxh6 Qxh4+ 38. Kg1 Qh2+ 0-1 Filatov,L-Ardaman,M/Philadelphia 1998 (38)) 11. Bg3 Nd7 12. Ne4 Qc7 with the plan ...Re8, ...Nf8, ...Ng6 and ...Nf4! if white lets us.)

 

(3. Nc3!? is important to know about, since 3... d5 (3... Bb4!? goes in original directions) 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. e4 transposes to the French Defense, so Black needs to be prepared for that.)

3... c5 4. c3

(4. Bd3 b6 5. e4 cxd4)

 

4... b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. Nbd2

(7. dxc5 bxc5)

 

7... cxd4!

Now the Knight cannot get to c3 you want to liquidate. (7... O-O)

 

8. exd4

(8. cxd4 Nc6 9. e4 d6)

 

8... O-O 9. Re1 d6! with the plan of ...a6, ...Re8, ... Nf8!?, with a long-term plan of the Minority Attack.

(9... d5? 10. Ne5 )

 

10. a4!? already playing against Black's minority attack.

(10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. Ng5 Qc7!? 12. Nxe6? (12. Nde4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Bxe4 14. Qxe4 Nf6= once White trades the White squared Bishop he has no real attack.) 12... fxe6 13. Qxe6+ Kh8 14. Qxe7 Rae8) (10. Nf1 Nbd7 11. a4 a6 12. Ng3 Re8 13. Ng5 h6 14. N5e4 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 d5?! premature(15... Qc7 16. Bf4?! e5! ) 16. Ng3 Bd6 17. Nh5 Nf6 18. Bf4 Bxf4 19. Nxf4 Qd6 20. Nh5 e5 21. Nxf6+ Qxf6 22. dxe5 Rxe5 23. Rxe5 Qxe5 24. Be2 Rd8 25. Bf3 Bc8 26. Qb3 d4 27. cxd4 1/2-1/2 Vera,R-Browne,W/Linares 1993 (27))

10... Nbd7 11. a5 Bc6 12. Qe2 Re8 13. axb6 axb6 14. Rxa8 Qxa8 15. Bb5 Rc8 16. Bxc6 Qxc6 17. Ne4 h6 18. Nxf6+ Nxf6 19. h3 b5 20. Bd2 Ra8 21. Qd3 Qd5 22. Qc2 Qa2 23. Kh2 Nd5 24. g4 Rc8 25. g5 hxg5 26. Rg1 b4 27. Nxg5 Bxg5 28. Bxg5 Rxc3 29. Qe4 Qxb2 30. Bh6 Qxf2+ 31. Rg2 Qf5 32. Rxg7+ Kh8 33. Qxf5 exf5 34. Rxf7 b3 35. Rb7 Rc2+ 36. Kg3 b2 0-1 Bisguier,A-De Firmian,N/Philadelphia 1995 (36)

 

2. Nf3

White can enter a Catalan set-up via a number of move orders, including:

2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Be7

(4... dxc4 5. Bg2 is too passive for Black.)

 

5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4! only now!

(6... c6)

 

7. Ne5

(7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7=)

 

7... Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Na3

(9. Bxc6 Rb8 10. Nc3 Nd5 11. e4 Nb4 12. Bb5 Nd3! 13. Be3 Bb4 14. a4 a6 15. Bxc4 Nxb2! Eriksson,Mag-Ernst,Th/Lindesberg/1993/0,5 (25) Inf 58/(528)/)

 

9... Bxa3

(9... Nd5 was played in one of the earliest games with this line and is viable. 10. Nxc4 c5 11. Na5 cxd4 12. Nc6 Qd7 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. Qxd4 c5 15. Qc4 Bb7 16. b3 Nb6 17. Qg4 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 f5 19. Qf3 e5 20. Ba3 e4 21. Qc3 Rac8 22. e3 Rf6 23. Rfd1 h5 24. Rac1 h4 25. Bxc5 Qf7 26. Qe5 Qh5 27. Qf4 Rfc6 28. b4 h3+ 29. Kf1 Na4 30. Rd7 Nxc5 31. bxc5 Rxc5 32. Rxc5 Rxc5 33. Qb8+ Kh7 34. Qb7 Qg4 35. Ke1 a6 36. f3 Qg6 37. Kf2 f4 38. exf4 Rc2+ 0-1 Szabo,L-Zaitsev,A/Ludwigsburg 1969 (38))

 

10. bxa3 Ba6

(10... Nd5 11. Qa4 Nb6 12. Qxc6 Rb8 13. Qc5 Ba6 14. Bf4 Nd5 15. Qxa7 Nxf4 16. gxf4 Qd6 17. Rfc1 Rb2 Sveshnikov,E-Balashov,Y/URS/1979/)

 

11. Bg5N

(11. Bxc6 Rb8 12. Qa4 Rb6 13. Bf3 (13. Bg2 Qc8 14. Qa5) (13. Bd2 Qd6 14. Bf3 Nd5 15. Rfb1 Rfb8 16. Rxb6 Qxb6 Ribli,Z-Balashov,Y/Dortmund/1987/Inf 43/(609)/) 13... Nd5! 14. Qa5 c3 15. Re1 Qf6 16. Bxd5 exd5 17. Qxc3 Rc6 1/2-1/2 Beliavsky,A-Geller,E/Moscow 1981/[Belov] (22))

 

11... h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Bxc6
(13. Qa4 Bb5 14. Qa5 c3)

 

13... Rab8 14. Qa4 Rb6 15. Rfd1 Rd8 16. Bf3! c6!

(16... Rxd4 17. Rxd4 Qxd4 18. Rd1 Bb5! 19. Qc2 Qf6 20. a4 (20. Kg2 Ra6 21. Rb1 ) 20... Bc6)

 

17. Kg2 Qe7

(17... Rxd4?! 18. Rxd4 Qxd4 19. Rd1 Qf6 20. Rd7 ) 18. e3 Rc8 (18... Bb5 19. Qb4 Qxb4 20. axb4 Ba4 21. Rdc1 Rxb4 22. a3 Rb6 23. Rxc4 ) 19. h4 Bb5 20. Qb4 c5! 21. dxc5 Rxc5 22. Rd8+ Kh7 (22... Qxd8 23. Qxc5 )

 

23. Rad1 Bc6! 24. Qc3 Bxf3+ 25. Kxf3 Rf5+

(25... Qb7+ 26. e4 (26. Ke2 Rf5-+) 26... f5 27. R8d4 Re5 28. Re1 )

 

26. Kg2 Qb7+ 27. Kg1 Qf3 28. Rf1 Rc6

(28... >= Rb1!-+)

 

29. Rd4 Qe2?!

(29... >= g5!-+)

 

30. Rd2 Qf3 31. Rd4 Qe2 32. Rd2 Qh5 33. Rb1 Rd5 34. Qc2+ Qg6 35. Qxg6+ Kxg6 36. Rc2 Rd3 37. a4 Ra3 38. Rb4 c3 39. Kf1 Ra6 40. Rb3 R3xa4 41. Rcxc3 Rxa2 42. Rb7 Rb6 43. Rxb6 axb6 44. Rb3 Ra6 45. e4 Kf6 46. f4 Ke7 47. Ke2 Kd6 48. g4 Ra2+ 49. Ke3 Kc6 50. Rc3+ Kb7 0-1 Antunes,A-Karpov,A/Tilburg 1994/[Ftacnik] (73)

 

2... Nf6

This move order is best because it asks White what he is going to do and waits to see if he pushes Pc4 or not.

 

3. e3

3. Bg5 e6 (3... Ne4!?) (3... Nbd7!? 4. c4) 4. e3 Be7 (4... c5 5. c4) 5. c3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 c5 3. Bf4 Nbd7 4. e3 g6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 h6 6. Bh4 O-O=

 

3... Nbd7

With the idea of playing a quick . ..c5 and ...g6 with ... Bg7, possibly followed by ...b6, ... Bb7, and ... Qc7 and if White does not attack Black's center then possibly the ...e5 push. 3... Bf5 "this is perfectly legitimate, but if you want to play a generic system that can meet the London, Torre and Colle Systems, then you don't want to do this." 4. c4 e6 5. Qb3

 

4. Bd3 g6

Immediately blunting the Bishop. White will never be able to sac the Bishop at h7. This is a great generalized system that is good for Black and does not require a lot of deep study.

 

5. O-O Bg7 6. Nbd2

6. c3 O-O 7. Nbd2 b6 8. Qe2 Bb7 9. Re1 c5 10. e4 cxd4 11. cxd4 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Rc8=. But better may be 6. b3! c5 7. Bb2 O-O 8. c4

 

6... O-O 7. Re1

7. Qe2 c5 8. c3 Qc7 (8... b6 9. e4) (8... Re8!?) 9. e4! e5?! Overly risky.(9... >= cxd4 10. cxd4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Qxe4 Nf6=) 10. dxe5 dxe4 11. Nxe4 (11. exf6?! exd3 12. Qxd3 Nxf6 ) 11... Nxe5 12. Nxf6+ (>= 12. Nxe5! Qxe5 13. f4 Qc7 14. f5! ) 12... Bxf6 13. Bf4 Nxf3+ 14. Qxf3 Be5 15. Bxe5 Qxe5 16. Rfe1 1/2-1/2 Denker,A-Morton,H/New York 1936 (39)

 

7... c5 8. c3 b6 9. Rb1 Bb7 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 Bxe4 13. Rxe4 cxd4 14. cxd4 Nc5 15. Re1

15. Rh4 Ne6 16. Bh6 Bxh6 17. Rxh6 Qd5

 

15... Ne6 16. Be3

16. d5 Nc7 17. Bg5 Nxd5 18. Bxe7 Nxe7 19. Qxd8 Rfxd8 20. Rxe7 Kf8 21. Re2=

 

16... Qd5 17. Qa4 Rfd8 18. Rbd1 a5 19. Rd2 Rac8 20. Qd1 Rc7 20... b5 21. Ne5 f6 22. Nf3 Rdc8 23. Qb3 Qxb3 24. axb3 Rd7 25. Kf1 Rd5 26. Red1 Kf7 27. Rd3 Rcd8 28. Ke2 g5 29. g4 h6 30. Ne1 f5 31. gxf5 Rxf5 32. Nc2 Rfd5 33. h3 Kg6 34. R1d2 Nf4+ 35. Bxf4 gxf4 36. Kf3 Kf5 37. Re2 e5 38. Re4 Bf6 39. Rc3 exd4 40. Rxf4+ Ke6 41. Rd3 Rf5 42. Ke4 Re5+ 43. Kf3 Rf5= 1/2-1/2 Wolpert,J-Wilken,L/Johannesburg 1955 (43)

 

[Stoyko and Goeller]

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