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The Scotch Game is a popular opening choice for White, especially among amateur players. It occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4.
It’s known for its aggressive nature, aimed at challenging Black in the center while opening lines for both bishops and actively involving the queen. If you’re not cautious, you can quickly find yourself in a difficult position.
After 3…exd4 4.Nxd4, one common but flawed response from Black is to capture the knight with 4…Nxd4. By continuing this trade in the center 5.Qxd4, it leads to White occupying the center and enjoying more space and activity. Sadly, more than 18 million chess players have made this opening mistake.
In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you a better approach to counter the Scotch Game as Black.
00:00 Scotch Game Chess Opening for Black
00:24 Do NOT make this mistake
01:02 1) If White plays 5.Nxc6
04:07 Igor Nation TRICK!
05:39 Do NOT miss this!
06:35 If White plays Qf3 instead of Qe2
08:40 2) If White plays 5.Nb3
11:19 3) If White plays 5.Be3
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