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An unusual scotch sequence -- why not take a free pawn?

Black's knight is almost trapped - it's got literally nowhere to go after 5. c3. By avoiding the trade, therefore, White forces Black into contortions to avoid losing a piece: 1...a6 2. a4! leaves ...
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5?

The issue is that 4. d5 is a much better move; White establishes a strong center with tempo and drives the c6 knight to a bad position. Besides, 3... Nf6 isn't that popular either (probably because ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

Bg4 could be annoying to meet in this position for a few reasons: It would force white to move the queen to an awkward square, play f3 opening the g1-a7 diagonal or play the passive Ne2. White would ...
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Popularity of the Scotch Game

I think you are on to something, and statistically, there is a very good reason to play the Scotch over the Ruy Lopez, but that might not be all there is to it. I think that the main reason is that ...
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The early ...Qf6 in the Scotch Game

The queen move threatens the d4 knight. Also keep in mind that your opponent might play Bc5 later to get another attacker on the knight and pressure f2. Bc4 or Nc3 don't protect the knight, so they ...
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Doubt on scotch opening

The reason why ...f6 is a bad move in the given position has to do with king safety. After Black plays ...f6 it is going to be extremely difficult for Black to defend the a2-g8 diagonal in the long ...
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The early ...Qf6 in the Scotch Game

My first thought would be to transpose back into the main line with 5. Be3 Bc5. Upon further investigation, since there's no (indirect) pressure on f2, I would play 5. Nb3. This move prevents ... ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

I only see three alternative moves to defend the f2 square: 6.Be3 Bxe3 7.fxe3 results in doubled isolated center pawns, not something I would like to play with. 6.Qd2 and 6.Qe2 block the bishops. I ...
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Scotch opening 5.Nf3

After 4....Qf6, both 5.Be3 and 5.Nxc6 are likely to transpose to 4....Bc5: 5.Be3 Bc5 and 5.Nxc6 Bc5. Instead, 5.Nf3 seems to be an interesting alternative, with chances to obtain an advantage. It ...
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

I religiously play scotch in e4/e5 games. Sergei Rublevsky is the star I follow.
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5?

3...Nf6 is inferior, so white's possibilities thereafter are not seriously analysed. 4.Bg5 is probably not popular among players who do reach this position, because there are at least 5 better ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Fundamental Chess Openings - FCO, by Paul van de Sterren. Good explanations on planning and ideas, light on deep lines.
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

"An Attacking Repertoire for White" by Sam Collins has a chapter on the Scotch which does cover many of the offbeat variations. After 4. ... d6 he writes "No one does this, for the simple reason that ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Quality Chess will publish a book on 1.e4 (hopefully in a few month) which will feature the Scotch as far as I know. It is part of a two book repertoire and will be about 1…e5, Caro-Kann and minor ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

You're making it harder for black to make his bishop a good piece that does work. To accomplish that objective you have to make that move right then (timing being an important factor here) whereas ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

After 6.Qf3, black can Not initiate Q trade 6... gxc6 7. Be2 or Nd2. In this case black's N has some develop problem as Q is blocking its natural f6 square. Trade Qs 6... Qxf3 7. gxf3 bxc6 8 Be3. ...
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

I generally prefer GM Negi Parimarjan, who is the master of the Scotch Opening and, as mentioned above, he has created a DVD series. He has played Scotch lots of times.
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

Magnus Carlsen has some games as White you might look for. GM Parimarjan Negi authored a DVD on the Scotch and has himself played it on many occasions. Fischer loved the Ruy Lopez so didn't have ...
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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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Popularity of the Scotch Game

I don't know about the top players these days, but Morphy handled all of his open games with the idea that when he played d2-d4, he wanted it to stick. So that meant two things, either 1. e4 e5 2. f4, ...
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

There is a new book on the Scotch by Alexander Khalifman (who is sort of an ex world champion).
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

Kasparov has some good examples. Se http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1017006
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

I don't think white minds gxf3. He gets a half-open g file for his rook and he is capturing towards the center. I suppose black will respond with bxc6 and I would play Nd2 going for Nb3 next move and ...
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How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4?

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4, both 4.Nxd4 and 4.Nxe5 seem to lead to an advantage for white. However, it's hard to tell which of the two options is best. Therefore it's a matter of taste. 4.Nxd4 ...
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Scotch opening 5.Nf3

They're playing on the extremely high level and opening preparation is amongst the things they invest the most of their time so they're always searching for the new ways to spice the game up and thus ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

White has a decided positional advantage in Black's broken up queen side. In order to get this, he had to give Black a free, open game. White now wants to "close" the position somewhat by denying the ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

On the Scotch Gary Lane has written two good books, Winning with the Scotch (first Batsford in the UK and then Henry Holt in the US, 1993) and The Scotch Game Explained, Batsford, 2005. Starting Out:...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

The best book on the Petrov is a book by Yusupov but it is very technical and high level stuff. You should look at the Chess Stars offer of books for the Scotch and also for the Petrov (in different ...
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