Queen’s Gambit Declined, Exchange | Carlsbad Structure – Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz follows a line in the Exchange Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined. Plus, learn to identify the Carlsbad pawn structure, a common formation in the QGD.

Lev Polugaevsky vs Mikhail Tal, USSR Championship (1969): D35 Queen’s Gambit Declined, exchange variation
Mikhail Botvinnik vs Paul Keres, USSR Championship (1952): D35 Queen’s Gambit Declined, exchange, positional line
Anton Korobov vs Ernesto Inarkiev, World Rapid Championship (2015): D36 Queen’s Gambit Declined, exchange, positional line, 6.Qc2


  1. wow jonathan you go really deep in one variation in just 40 mins I have a book on queens gamit declined exchange variation and I have been reading it since a week and I think I learn more from your lecture than it.

  2. could you make a video for latvian gambit 🙂

  3. Great teacher. He does goes too fast. But hey its a vid so you can slow down, pause and re-play

  4. Help: could someone please tell me why the black king did not take the pawn on H-5 and instead moved to H-6? Exactly 9:30 in the video.

  5. hi , can you please do Catalan opening for white in detail please because it is one of the most popular and aggressive choices with 1.d4

  6. Just so people know, the move 4. … Nxd5 really isn't bad. It leads to the semi-tarrasch, which has been played by many top level players with black. Kramnik being the main proponent.

  7. Who is Dannnnyyy. Every vid he's talked about. Is he the only guy in the audience?

  8. Wow sorry i watched so late but this taught me so much in my favorite opening.

  9. The Rubinstein-Salwe game referred to was a Tarrasch defense and didn't have this Carlsbad structure.

  10. can u do semi slave exchange?. or alaphin white or black. plz

  11. I'm a 1200 rated player who only knows 5 variations of general openings (counting scholars mate), so I will be subscribing and watching every new video that you guys post. Love your content.

  12. the crowd doesn't seem to be that great at this lol. Great video though!

  13. This guy nervous cough is so obnoxious!!! Apart from that geat video.

  14. can you do an entire lecture on the dutch leningrad with the move 7.e6 instead of Nc6,c6,a5,Qe8.

  15. A lot of people ask me if I know the name of a variation and I say this: Idk the names of stuff I just play different strategies, and traps

  16. i love hearing captain america lecturing about chess :)))))))

  17. What about the move 5.Bb4 for black. The exchange ragozin

  18. 8:12 but if you are a grunfeld player I guess you're not playing the queens gambit declined 🙂

  19. 21:49 : I don't understand the need to support the e4-square. White can play e4 immediately, In fact, I think Re1 is misplaced as well and should've been on d1.

    By placing the rook on e1, black should have played …h6 indeed, forcing white to trade, leaving the black Bishop on f6, aiming at the now poorly protected d4 pawn, preventing white's desired e4.
    1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 exd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qc2 c6 7. e3 Nbd7
    8. Bd3 O-O 9. Nge2 Re8 10. O-O Nf8 11. Rab1 Bd6 12. Kh1 Ng6 13. f3 Be7 14.
    Rbe1 h6 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Ng3 Nf8 *

    1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 exd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qc2 c6 7. e3 Nbd7
    8. Bd3 O-O 9. Nge2 Re8 10. O-O Nf8 11. Rab1 Bd6 12. Kh1 Ng6 13. f3 Be7 14.
    Rbd1 h6 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. e4 *

    …and double pressure on the e-file by black doesn't prevent the e4-march either:
    1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 exd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qc2 c6 7. e3 Nbd7
    8. Bd3 O-O 9. Nge2 Re8 10. O-O Nf8 11. Rab1 Bd6 12. Kh1 Ng6 13. f3 Be7 14.
    Rbd1 Nd7 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. e4 *

  20. At 27:40 Can we take the knight with the rook giving a check, and after the pawn takes the rook, the other rook takes giving a check and if the king moves, the white queen can capture the black queen. Isn’t it a nice tactic?

  21. So glad Schrantz has his own channel now. Love all his material here

  22. can someone link the 1908 tourney game? i can’t seem to find it

  23. Great lecture. Jonathan always has an energy about him that makes it easy to engage with the material.

  24. You speak to fast like you need to deliver your duty to your student, you are NOT a good or even a teacher…but you deliver…

  25. Did the people in the class have hearing problems?

  26. Seems like he has a little tick/grunt every time

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