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The Scotch Game is a chess opening beginning with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4.

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What are white's plans in this Scotch Gambit position?

I'll skip the long explanation, but it's not uncommon for me to reach the following position as White out of the opening: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.O-O cxb2 Bxb2 (...
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Can the Scotch Game really give White chances to get an opening advantage?

If I remember well, Kasparov once said that, besides the Ruy Lopez, the Scotch Game is the only serious attempt for White to get an early advantage in the opening after 1.e4 e5. Is that true? The ...
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Should I recapture the queen with my king or knight in the Scotch Game?

I watched the following video on the Scotch Game by NM Dereque Kelley, and he clearly points out that 3...d6 is not a good move on Black's part because it causes all sorts of problems, especially ...
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An unusual scotch sequence -- why not take a free pawn?

In the Scotch, normally Black takes the d4 pawn. When Black doesn't, White is advised to take up more space in the center and play a slower, closed game, if I understand right. In this sequence, Black ...
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How should white continue after 5...Qf6 in the Scotch Game?

I have been playing the Scotch main line every chance I get. I have had a pretty good success rate with it, but I feel this is due to the my opponent not having a complete understanding of the Scotch....
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Does this opening have a name? 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4

I've stumbled upon this opening a few times, and I'm pretty sure it must be known, but I couldn't find the name of it in my book: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 ... Is someone familiar with ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

Kramnik introduced this idea in a couple of his games against Aroninan, but I am struggling to justify such a slow move in a rather open position: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 ...
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Scotch Opening - How to play

Does anybody have some indication of a book, site, video, etc,, which explores this variation of Scotch Opening for Black? [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 I have ...
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Scotch gambit: 4... f6

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 f6 How should I play from here? This move seems to head off the main ideas of my kingside attack; what is the best way to proceed with the plan of ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

In the following sequence of moves, what are the main ideas of the fashionable 6. Qf3 in the Scotch? Can White hope for a real advantage by letting Black trade Queens so early and worsening (at least ...
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Doubt on scotch opening

Why does f6 gives white this big advantage? Furthermore, would it be more appropriate for white to capture the black pawn on e5, effectively giving away a central pawn, or to develop the light squared ...
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Fried Liver Attack in the Scotch Gambit - Two Knights Defense?

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Qf3+ Ke6 Now the usual move in the Fried Liver Attack is 9. Nc3 attacking the knight on d5, but the d-pawn ...
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Scotch gambit: 4... Qf6

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Qf6 This move 4... Qf6 defends both the d4 and f7 pawns; now if 5. Bg5 to drive it away, 5... Qg6 and the bishop becomes a liability, preventing White ...
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Popularity of the Scotch Game

I was looking back at a game played between Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen at the 2017 London Chess Classics in which Hikaru employed the Scotch game and played very creatively getting a winning ...
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Scotch opening 5.Nf3

Yesterday Anish Giri played the scotch opening at the Tata Steel Tournament with the strange looking move(to me) 5.Nf3. [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 ...
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

I have been adopting the Scotch opening recently with some moderate success. I would like to know whose games should I look at to have a good understanding. I see that Nakamura and Kasparov deploy ...
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Who is the Schmidt Variation of the scotch opening named after

in the scotch opening if black develops their knight on move 4, this is called the Schmidt variation, does anyone know who it's actually named after?
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The early ...Qf6 in the Scotch Game

In the Scotch Game, what is the best move for White after this sequence? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Be3 (5. Nb5) (5. Nf3) 5...Bc5 Most videos don't even count ...
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5?

Please let me know the issue with 4.Bg5 in the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nf6. I have check the FICS Games Database - Opening Explorer and it seems it's not a popular move. But I cannot ...
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Book on Black openings

I recently finished Neil McDonald's "Starting Out: 1.e4!". Now I would like to learn some Black responses. Could someone recommend a book at similar level to Neil's, but focus on Black? I'm not sure ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Could someone recommend books or online resources on those two openings for intermediate players (about 1800)? Since my opponents at this level are likely to go out of theory on move 4 or 5, I want ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, why are the Scotch (3.d4) and the Four Knights Scotch (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4) not better for White than they really are?

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, if White plays 3.Nc3 or 3.Bc4 or 3.Bb5 and then Black answers with a bad passive move such as 3...d6, 3...h6, 3...g6, 3...Nge7, most often the best move for White is 4.d4. ...
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How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4?

How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4? Assuming that we want to recapture, is it better to take the d4 Knight or the e5 Pawn?
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What is the most agressive, tactical, attacking, line in this Mieses?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 There are two variations here. Nd2 and b3. Which fits best to the criteria?
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