Little Known Openings: Part 3

Have you ever wanted a completely playable defense against 1.d4 and all the Flank Openings, that also has very little theory? Then look no further; the answer is to play the Janowsky Defence to the Queen’s Gambit Declined with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 a6.

The threat to capture on c4 and then protect with …b7-b5 pretty much obliges White to capture on d5 (4.cxd5 exd5) after which 5.Bf4 is the main line. But can’t Black then play 5…c6 followed by 6…Bd6? This is analogous to the line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 Bd6 but with Black having ‘gained’ …a7-a6 instead of playing two bishop moves. I don’t see this as being a particularly bad thing as the pawn move can help defend against potential minority attacks.

Here anyway is a sample game:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in Southport in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days he teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 14 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game.