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1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4

The Queen's Gambit Accepted, often abbreviated to QGA, is the third most common response to the Queen's Pawn Gambit. It is characterised by the moves:

  1. d4 d5
  2. c4 dxc4

It comprises ECO codes D20-D29. Superficially, white has sacrificed a pawn to allow rapid development; however, the position often becomes quite complex.

Irregular Responses[]

ECO Code D20 contains all irregular variations. Specifically, it includes every response from white apart from 3. Nc3, the main line.

The noteworthy openings in D20 are:

  • Linares Variation (3. e4 c5)
  • Schwartz Defense (3.e4 f5)

Also occasionally seen is 3. e3, with a discovered attack on black's pawn. What usually follows is an opening of the position; 4.Bxc4 exd4 5.exd4; the result, while never studied deeply, is considered quite complex. To avoid this, black may opt to transpose to the Queen's Gambit Declined with 3... e6.

Regular Responses[]

Among the responses to 3. Nc3, there are:

  • Queen's Gambit Accepted, Main Line, 3... Nf6 (D23-29)
  • Alekhine Defense, 3... a6 (D22)
  • Ericson Variation, 3... b5 (D21)

D21 also contains other responses from black; however, none of them are of any note.

For a list of all other ECO Codes, see List of chess openings.