The Scandinavian Defense: Solid, Sharp, or Suspect? – Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz covers 1. e4 d5, the Scandinavian. Learn where to relocate the black Queen after the pawn trade. See Scandinavian games from the strongest players and consider whether the Defense really is as crazy as you thought.

Ruslan Ponomariov vs Ioannis Papaioannou, EU-chT (Men) (2003): B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess Olympiad (2014): B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
Fabiano Caruana vs Ludger Koerholz, European Club Cup (2009): B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
Piotr Dobrowolski vs Jacek Tomczak, European Rapid Championship (2010): B01 Scandinavian, Pytel-Wade variation


  1. What is his previous lecture where he classifies oppennings? Couldn't find it

  2. This is wrong, it is suspicious not suspect. Suspicion is not suspect.

  3. i really like your channel and it has really been instructive but the lectures are too long.

  4. Is it me or is this all about destroying the scandi. Seems like unless you play the correct sequence, checkmate is close

  5. Magnus plays Bishop for knight because he's trying to achieve a reversed London, his favorite white opening. He sees the queen side bishop as a liability every game becauses it's usually trapped in a non London/non-scandavina (reversed london)? system. So he just trades it off asap.

  6. Good video. Nice laugh at 24:2724:47 !! I am not a Greek though!! And I am also bad with names!!

  7. Havn't watched the video and genually curious about this opening. I consider the scandinavian a really bad defense maybe mediocre at best. Almost all the games when I played against Scandinavian defense I have won, the line that counters it is just very obvious to spot and learn. The idea is to keep attacking the queen so you can develop your pieces. It's a solid example of why taking your queen out in the beginning is a terrible idea.
    Edit: Alright so it seems I've been mainly playing against the patzer variation and that's why I didn't like this opening. I have also played against queen to a5 or b5 variation though and there's some nasty traps and discovery there as he mentioned with pushing d pawn and discovering with knight and bishop. But some of the variations look promsing like queen to d6. Still I think most(not all) lines for this opening are bad which means the opening has little flexibilty, Naka for example wouldn't like this.

  8. One thing I dislike about this lecture is that I expected to see it presented from the point of view of black, and it was overwhelmingly presented with all the options for white.

  9. I played the Scandinavian Scandinavian,i lost

  10. That Ben Simon really did cut out a lot πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚. Those sidelines…

  11. Now that I think about it Alexander the Great must’ve really sucked at chess. Instead of protecting the king, the King recklessly charges at the army, having his knights barely saving him before making the opposing king jump off the board and causing chaos to the entire game.

  12. Best chess instructor I've seen so far! Thanks!

  13. If you like this opening, it is worth playing this game out minus the bishop exchange blunder ( 32:00 ) . See what dynamic play you can manage if you conserve pieces.

  14. My PocketBook e-reader Chess application Black always plays this…except it moves its Queen from d5 to f5 and then I'm struggling:=)

  15. Why the hell is it that whenever I play this opening, nobody takes my pawn on e5?

  16. 43:35 made me chuckle. if hed be teaching chess like he pronounces east european names there wouldnt be much to take away from this. thankfully its the exact opposite. i only started with chess a week ago but thank to Schrantz very clear language those nearly 50min went by almost unnoticed. it feels like your brain gets passively emulated to think around the proper important lines because he finds colloquial expressions for the movement of the pieces that appeal to players of every skill level. very nice video, thanks!

  17. 2…..nf6 makes this defense completely different

  18. He teach us very good
    Whats his name

  19. Is there a reason Schrantz has the same voice as Ben Finegold? Is this a regional thing (St louis?)?

  20. what type of lecture was this? Main line started at end. Almost all the lines shows how white can beat black. what was this????

  21. your videos sind one of the best in the net… Thanks and greetings from Germany (Bavaria)

  22. 11:20 "Black should either castle here or resign"
    I say: As long as you don`t play against a master, you should never ever resign.
    People blunder and there is so many times that i really should have lost, but because they blunder i have manage to get a draw.
    And i am only a middle player.(but hoping to almost become a master one day, despite my weak memory) πŸ™‚

    A very nice video anyway. πŸ™‚

  23. I didn’t know Chris Evans knew the Scandinavian Defense so well

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  25. the name of this video is wrong it must be how to loose with scandinavian or how to beat scandinavian —all that shows is how bad scandinavian is …and is not ,,,i cant unserstand whats goin on really….

  26. As a beginner the Scandinavian has wrecked me, so this is really helpful!

  27. Really glad he mentions the Gubinsky-Melts variation.

  28. plz do close sicilen
    e4 c5 , g3πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  29. How as a beginner I avoid boring positional openings
    Against d4: englund gambit
    Against e4: sacandinavian

  30. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 e6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8.
    Qe2 Nbd7 9. O-O-O b6 10. g4 Bb7 11. Rhg1 Rc8 12. g5 Nd5 13. Nxd5 Bxd5 14. c4 Ba8
    15. Bc2 c5 16. d5 exd5 17. cxd5 Bd6 18. Nh4 Re8 19. Bxh7+ Kxh7 20. Qh5+ Kg8 21.
    g6 fxg6 22. Rxg6 Qe7 23. Rdg1 Ne5 24. Rxg7+ Qxg7 25. Rxg7+ Kxg7 26. Nf5+ Kf6 27.
    Qg5+ Kf7 28. Qg7# 1-0

  31. I like the Scandinavian for blitz and rapid. It's a gambit for black.

  32. Is it Solid, Sharp, or Suspect? I thought you would tell me (:

  33. Love Johnathan Schrantz's lectures! His own youtube channel Johnathan Schrantz deserves so much more attention

  34. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 { B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Line } 4. Bb5+ c6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Ne5 cxb5 7. Qe2 b4 8. Nb5 Nc6 9. Nc4 Qd8 10. Ncd6+ Kd7 11. Nxf7 Qb6 12. d4 Rg8 13. O-O e6 14. Re1 Nd8 15. d5 Nxd5 16. Ne5+ Ke8 17. Bg5 Nf7 18. Rad1 Be7 19. Qh5 Bxg5 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Qxg8+ Ke7 22. Qf7+ Kd8 23. Qf8# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

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