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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?

@Allure ‘s answer is on spot. The difference between Scotch and say Ruy Lopez is what happens after Black equalizes. With Scotch after Black equalizes, e.g. by acheiving …d5 favorably, there is no ...
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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?

I don't remember where I read it, but I definitely read it in an opening book somewhere. It said of the Scotch: an early break in the center without preparation tends to dissipate, not generate, White'...
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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?

The Scotch has been heavily analyzed for two hundred years or more, and most of the resulting positions have been found to be equal without much prospect of further complex play. Kasparov revitalized ...
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