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1 d4 d5

with GM Ruslan Scherbakov

Welcome to the true home of the d-Pawn!

For fantastic ideas and latest recommendations in the Slav, Semi-Slav and Queen`s Gambit, look no further, you have arrived!

All 1 d4 d5 with c4

In fact I`ll be covering all those openings where White follows up with the move c4. For systems where White does not follow up with an early c4 such as the Torre Attack or the Trompowski, you also need to check out Aaron Summerscale`s d-Pawn Specials.

First love

From the moment I heard about the, this was the site I wanted to run. I have played these d Pawn openings for longer than I can remember. The Meran was my favourite for quite a while, last year I remembered my childhood love, the Queen`s Gambit Accepted, but for sheer enjoyment and danger, nothing beats the white-knuckle ride in the Noteboom Variation!


The openings on this site are generally played by the world`s top stars, so when theory gets hot, it can get red-hot. I`ll be keeping you up to date on the most interesting lines and explaining all the ideas behind the in vogue lines.

Above all, these lines can be great fun and highly rewarding. I hope you enjoy viewing this site as much as I am enjoying working on it!