Learn the Scandinavian Defense in 15 Minutes [Chess Opening Crash Course]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents a chess openings crash course on the Scandinavian Defense, which arises after the opening moves 1.e4 d5. It is particularly popular at the amateur level and proves to be a dangerous opening below the 2000 ELO level.

After watching this video, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the Scandinavian Defense. GM Smirnov explains common ideas for both White and Black, detailing typical plans move by move.

Additionally, you will learn the most common responses from White, including the mainline, the classical variation, the modern variation, and other sidelines such as the Tennison Gambit.

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► Chapters

00:00 Scandinavian Defense: Chess Openings Crash Course
00:15 Why is Scandinavian Defense better than 1…e5?
02:38 White’s options after 1…d5
04:10 Sideline 2.Nf3, Tennison Gambit
05:19 1) If White plays 2.e5
07:48 If you can’t capture the e5-pawn
08:37 2) If White plays 2.exd5 (Mainline)
10:04 Scandinavian Defense for White
10:45 3…Qa5, Classical Line (simple opening setup for Black)
13:20 2…Nf6, Modern Variation
14:49 White plays 3.c4 to defend d5, Icelandic-Palme Gambit

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60 Comments

  1. GM Igor smirnov I can't find the part of the before purchase details, where it should ask your adress, could you tell me where I can find it

  2. Thank you for the video! I’ll have to study this for a while:) I wonder, is there a similar “good for beginners” opening against 1. d4?

  3. ► Chapters

    00:00 Scandinavian Defense: Chess Openings Crash Course

    00:15 Why is Scandinavian Defense better than 1…e5?

    02:38 White's options after 1…d5

    04:10 Sideline 2.Nf3, Tennison Gambit

    05:19 1) If White plays 2.e5

    07:48 If you can't capture the e5-pawn

    08:37 2) If White plays 2.exd5 (Mainline)

    10:04 Scandinavian Defense for White

    10:45 3…Qa5, Classical Line (simple opening setup for Black)

    13:20 2…Nf6, Modern Variation

    14:49 White plays 3.c4 to defend d5, Icelandic-Palme Gambit

  4. How do you get your free video? Is there a code?
    I clicked on one video
    And there was no message for which video I would like free. Help me understand how this works.

  5. Ive thought the scandi was lame for so long because all i see is queen taking pawn on move 2. This is much more interesting, might start playing it in my games.

  6. love ur videos bro, very educational, precise and entertaining. Keep up the work bro!! Also can u do a video for sicilian defense, caro kann defense and dutch defense pls bro

  7. GM Igor Smirnoff thank you for all you do! Merry Christmas!

  8. Can U do a full course on Sicilian defends variations. I would watch it for hours

  9. Thanks for the videos you are the best
    can you make a videos about middle game plans?
    Thanks!

  10. One video on English please, I've been exhausted saying the same

  11. I've been playing off of the English opening video you made about a week ago, I've climbed up about 200 rating points

  12. This is excellent and exactly what i was looking for!

    Literally yesterday i was thinking “i need to find more aggressive openings for black, i should look on Igor’s channel to find one” 😂

    Great work as always and love the teaching method of explaining the why of every position so you dont just memorize moves.

    Best chess teacher on YT!

  13. Great vidéo .. Jobava London next ? Hyper Accelerated Dragon ?

  14. Hey Igor, you missed one possible line after e4 d5, which is white playing d4 on move 2 (Blackmar Diemer gambit). How do I play that in case I face it as Black? (I have already seen your video where you covered it from White's perspective, so that's not an issue)

  15. Please do make more videos like this. I would love one showing how to play against the Kings Indian as white

  16. Thank you so much I have been trying to perfect this opening

  17. Hey Igor Nation. I love this channel. Can you look into the CATALAN opening? Please and thank you

  18. Hey Igor, thanks! I reached 1700elo and I wanted to play a other opening after e4 that is more agressive but I didnt understood why I should play it although gothamchess made a video for it! Thanks for being my tutor so that I reached 1700elo in just 10 months! Today stockfish said that I played like 2100 in a fried liver attack in 5min chess. I love these agressive openings when I am only losing games so thanks again for this video!

  19. It's an excellent content on the Scandinavian Defence as a crash course.

    Expecting something like this on the 'Benko Gambit' as a crash course as well.

  20. I more thean agree with brandonlaureys: exactly what I was looking for. I will certainly also look into the follow up video. Best regards

  21. Great video! I really want to try this now, because I'm bored with the Caro or d6 that I usually play.

  22. You continue to make the most useful and informative chess videos, enhanced by your great commucation skill. Their length is about right and they relate so well to un-titled players. The only thing missing is your cat dozing in the background!!

  23. AMAZING VIDEO!!! No one else has made such a great video on the Scandinavian defence your video was very easy to understand and it was very educational.

  24. Pls B29 Sicilian defense nimzowitsch variation, and also mid game plans, these videos are perfect 💯❤

  25. Today's i have a chess tournament than I will play this skandenevian defence.🎉 thanks

  26. Good thing you didn't mention d4. 😉So I can still confused my opponent with that move.

  27. White could play d4 against scandy and transpose into the Blackman diemer

  28. Thanks a lot, sir! An avid fan of yours from the Philippines… more power and God bless!

  29. Can you make a video on how to beat d4 Nf6 e3? I'm finding it really hard to get any sort of advantage, as I usually play KID and I can't find any sort of solid plan to beat it. Thanks

  30. Hmm I was thinking 1.e4 d5 2.e5 c5 3.f4. I put it into Lichess engine with that move order and it favoured black by 0.6 recommended 3.. Nc6 for the Scandinavian order, put it in as 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.e5 it favoured black by 0.8 recommended 3.. Nf6 for the Sicilian order. Don't trust the engine in the openings.

    Anyway just some ideas if you push e5 and black does not push d4.

    However if black does push d4.

    1.e4 d5 2.e5 d4 3.Bb5+ c6 4. Be2 Bf5 5.f4 d3 6.Bxd3 Bxd3 7. cxd3 Na6 8.d4 Nb5 9. Ne2 Nd3+ 10.Kf1 Qb6 11.Qa4 Nxc1 12. Nxc1 e6. 13. Nc3 Ne6 14. Nb3 Rc1.

    White has a big centre, a strong queen side and black is under developed, a slow positional game. The oposite of a centre counter gambit game. Also some interesting lines not mentioned hiding in that one.

    Also
    1.e4 d5 2.e5 d4 3.Bb5+ c6 4. Be2 Bf5 5.f4 d3 6.Bxd3 Bxd3 7. cxd3 Na6 8.d4 Qxd4 9. Ne2 Qd8 10.d4 e6. 11.0-0 Ne7 12.Nbc3 h5

    Black attacks king side with knight pawn rook and queen. White has a strong castled position and centre is blocked. Options defend or queen side attack. Note white has a floating centre supported by pieces so black might look to undermine that.

  31. Hi Igor I'm trying to find one of your videos unfortunately unsuccessfully
    The video is the fort Knox variation of the Caro kann any help will be awesome

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