Scandinavian with 2...

Nf6 [B01]
This month I look at the Scandinavian or Center Counter Defense from White's point of view. I was taught that the Center Counter usually refers to 2...Qxd5, while the Scandinavian refers to 2...Nf6 as a "counter," but I believe the names are interchangeable. I am restricting myself to the 2...Nf6 line. 1.e4 d5 Black immediately challenges White's center and opens lines for the Black queen and c8-bishop. It is a great system for the club level since most players spend most of their time studying 1.e4 e5 or the Sicilian, and often the Scandinavian is low on the list. If White is unprepared, Black can often get a free, easy game with play on the d-file. 2.exd5 White does not want to waste a tempo on moving the pawn or defending it. If 2.e5 Bf5 Black is totally okay, and 2...c5 3.d4 e6 transposes to an Advance French. 2...Nf6
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Scandinavian Defence by Curt Hansen

[FEN "rnbqkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3P4/8/8/ PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 3"]

The point here is to develop and not spend time moving the queen to the center only to have her kicked away by Nc3. 2...Qxd5 is the other main move. Black will lose time moving the queen, though Black has created an interesting unbalanced game with Black having the open d-file and White having the e-file. Play through and download the games from ChessCafe.com in the ChessBase Game Viewer. 3.d4 3.c4 is what I play, not with the idea of hanging on to the pawn but in order to reach a familiar position by transposition. A) 3...c6 4.d4 If 4.dxc6? Nxc6.
The Scandinavian by John Emms

Nxb5 Ba6 10.Nf3 A3a) 5. I would say Black has definite compensation for the pawn due to piece activity and control over the center.. 8.Ba2 Qa6 18. 6.Nh5 White can drop back to h2.0–0 Be7 13.a6 5.. rather than have my opponent be. It's justified since Black has no way of striking back in the center.h3 This move is not aimed at preventing a .a6/b5.cxb5 Nxd5 7. Bg3 (25.Bxe5 Nd7 24.. 4. I am wary of Black's lead in development after the bishop recaptures.dxe6 Being greedy makes more sense here than it did after 3..Bc2 axb5 9.. Black made moves that seemed okay.Bc7 Rc8 25. since after Black recaptures there will not be the same bind on the d4square. Usually White will end up pushing d4 and c4 at some point. 11.e6 4.exd5 5.d4 White does not use time defending the extra pawn and instead gets control of the center and develops..Nbd7 16.Bf4 seems faster since the g-pawn is now protected.Bh7 20. d4 then 4.Bf4 0–0 14.Kg2 White has not given up anything for this attack.a3 As someone who is used to playing with isolated d-pawns (IQP)..Qe2 Re8 15. cxd5 5.Be2 Nb6 This gives Black the dfile control I do not like.) 4.c6 Black decides to get on with development on the queenside.[FEN "r1bqkb1r/pp2pppp/2n2n2/8/2P5/8/ PP1P1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq ..N5b6 8..hxg5 Nxe5 23.g5 hxg5 22. 6.. 8. White's c-pawn blocks the f1–bishop as well. although the b3-bishop doesn't look the greatest. 25. this position is a real treat since in IQP positions the knight often stays forever on d5. h6 12. Black counts on breaking up White's center and using the lead in development provided by the two knights.. 4.Ba4 N7b6 7.Nbd7 This move anticipates White's idea and puts a harder question to White than 3. Black can get untied quickly with .0 5"] This is well-known to be bad for White despite the extra pawn. A3) 4.Nc3 e5 I am not so happy with this position as White.Rfe1 Here it's about equal or slightly better for White because of extra space.. Still.Ba4 b5 This if of course the idea.) . since I like to be the aggressor. There are two other move four alternatives to the main line: A1) 4..Ne5 Bf8 19. With no immediate threat.Bd7.a4.. 3..Rad1 Qb6 17.c6. so the knight is just blocking the c-pawn..Nc3 White develops and challenges one of Black's developed pieces.Nc3 This is the Exchange French.a6 5.Nc3 e6 11. c4 Nf6 10... 4..Bb5+ is an interesting idea that challenges Black right away.. but here is this shot for White.Be7 26. 15......Nc3 is the Panov-Botvinnik attack in the Caro-Kann.d4 (4.... White develops with tempo and wants to disrupt Black's development and influence on the d-file...Bg4 pin but rather moving Bf4 and if Black plays . A2) 4.Bb3 a5 The threat is ..Nxd5 5.Nc3 looks natural as well since it defends the d-pawn but it is out of place here. 19.. After 4. White needs to find a good plan.h4 Rad8 21.. Visually it makes a lot of sense: Black has two pieces out and control over the dark squares.Bf5 9. but here it can be kicked away. B) 3. Chris Baker recommends this move in A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire..c4 looks logical since it is difficult to see how Black can take advantage of the lead in development. A) 3....... 7. g4!? Violence in a position that has previously been relatively contained! I like this move a lot.

Qh5 Bg6 27. B) 3.Rxe6 Nxg5 31.Bf5 Qc4 34. However I like having the extra pawn and the pawns on a7 and c6 are not looking too healthy.a4 White's play has been pretty constrained so far with the idea that Black does not have many targets so White will slowly chip away at Black's weaknesses. White's bishop on e2 is slightly passive.. C1) 4.0 30"] 30. 6.h3 a6 9.Qh4 Nf8 28.I-Spacek.b4 11. There are other choices of where to retreat the bishop.Be2 e5 6.. White is a little better here.d4 Black has played several moves here.f6? Now the bishop on a2 by accident finds itself on the right diagonal.P......Rh1 Kf7 37. Black should move the queen back to the kingside. 29.... 1–0.0 26"] 25.0–0 Bg7 7.. Retreating to f8 runs into Rh7... yet I am not sure where the knight on d7 is going.. Germany 2008. A3b) 5.Nxd5 5. but I like this innocuous looking move since it prevents ..Bg4 pins in the future. C) 3.. 4.Bd7 The natural response that develops a piece.Qh7+ Kf8 35.Qb6 is better.c6 This leaves Black a little awkwardly placed.Re5 Since White played a little slowly on move 25 this awkward move is played.c5! Nxe6 32.Bxe6+ Bf7 Should White now exchange this bishop for the c8-rook? You've got to be kidding! 33..0–0 0–0 9. d3 Bc5 7.Qh8+ Bg8 36.Bf1 b5 10.Bg6+ Black will be checkmated on h5 after taking the bishop. 10.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Re1 0–0 8.Kg2 Nh7 29. (29...Nxc3 White accepts an isolated d-pawn to get the open c-file and also isolate Black's a and c pawns.dxc6 bxc6 5. Starostits..g6 Black is going to let the light-squared bishop sit out on b5 for a little while and pursue development another way.Bd7 only hinders Black.Be7 26.Nc3 Black has one pawn in the center to Black's advantage..) [FEN "2r1r1k1/1p2bppn/1qp1p1b1/p3R1P1/ 2PP3Q/P1N3B1/BP3PK1/3R4 w . These include no pawn in the center and awkward development.Be2 It looks like White wasted time but this move is the point: White feels that the inclusion of . 4.[FEN "2r1r1k1/1p1nbppb/q1p1p3/p5P1/ 2PP1B2/P1N5/BP2QPK1/3RR3 b .c4!? bxc3 12. ..

e6 7. 15. This is roughly equal since White has more active pieces while Black is holding solid in the center..Re1 Qd7 30.f5 20.Nd5.c4 Nf6 9.Nf3 avoids Black's idea but runs into a 6.a6 b6 23.) 6.Bb4 16. 1–0.h5 It's hard to say what else to recommend for Black. 17.. 6.0–0 Be7 8.dxe6 fxe6 23.d5 Take a second to be sure.Bc4 Rxd1 27.Bf3 a3 14. 12.e6 7.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.bxc5 Kh8 29...S. (19.Rxa4 Bxa4 21.Bxc6 Qxc6+ 33.hxg4 b5 22.a3 0–0 9..Nf3 Bb4+ 9.Rc1 Qd7 28. With the pawn on c4 it seems even better since Black can't even question the e3-bishop with .Nxf5 Nxf5 24.. yes.h3 Nc6 12..Kh4 g6 37.Nxe5 12. 20.Kh1 Rd6 24.Bf4 f6 14.Kg2 bxc4 23.Qd4+ 1–0.M-Kondenko..Sunny Beach 2009. c4 (6.Qb4 Qh5? Black has put all the focus on the attack but this is too slow.Qxc3 Ne7 20.Bxg5 dxc4+ 35.Bg4 pin.Qf7 15.dxe5 Nc6 Black does have three pieces out to only one white piece.Nf4 Kg7 38..a5 The correct move. ... Black develops as if all is normal but now the d7-bishop is blocked in by the pawn..D-Jordanova.Nc4 White went on to win fairly easily.Be4 f5 30.Kh3 Rf3+ 36..b3 Ra5 15. 24. White tries to pressure Black's queenside with pieces.cxb6 cxb6 26.Nd4 Nxd4 16.hxg4 21.Rad1 axb4 16. Arutyunova. C1c) 5.f4 The Ne5 paired with f4 plan is seen also in IQP positions.Nf3 h6 10.Ne5 Nd7 25. Qxd2 0–0–0 (11.A..d5 Bxc3 19.Qc3 Rhe8 13.Be3 Qd7 (12.e5 If not this White can simply build up and enjoy a space advantage. 6.b3 This is a common way to stop queenside expansion..d5 exd5 34. 6.axb4 Qe8 17.c5 bxc5 26. the knight is trapped.. challenging White's control.. 15. C1c1) 6.0–0 0– 0 8....e6 White has received what was desired.Ne5 Nc6 11.a4 g5 16..Nc3 Bf6 11.Bf5 A natural developing move.Nd4 Rac8 22..Bxf4 0–0–0 15.Nd2 Nxe5 18. but I like the two bishops and the chances for queenside expansion. C1b) 5. (19.Nbd2 Qe7 10.a4 13.Bxd2+ 11.Qf7 25.) 12. 15. C1c2) 6.h3 I give the rest of the game to show how White plays this position.a3 This move is played to stop the knight from jumping to b4.bxc4 Nb4 24.a5 Na4 19.Nf4 Bg5 29..... Black has weak pawns and the weaker minor piece.Nf3 This can also be played before a3......Bxd4 c5 This gives White a passed d-pawn yet it stops White's queenside expansion ideas.Qe3 White is just a little better here because Black's queenside pawns are targets and Black is a little cramped..a4 now.Qxa4 Rg8 22. 13. 14.Nc3 a5?! (9.exf6 Rxf6 31. If Black plays .0–0 Now things start to turn violent in White's favor.Qc8 12.Rxd1 Re8 28.Maikop 2004.Nc3 Be7 9...Bxb6 cxb6 21.c4 Nf6 8.Nb6 This move anticipated c4 to counter it in an imaginative way.. Nh5 Bc6 32. Erdogdu. but.Bxe6 Qd2 31.. Rh1 Nxe5 26..0–0 I wouldn't try to claim a White advantage.d5 e4 Simplifying in the center.Qb3 So here we get to see a different White plan: play on the queenside and gain space.Ne2 Ra8 18.Qxa4 Rxe2 Black has more chances in this position than in what happened in the game.Qd2 Black's silly plan has let White build up a huge attack.) 13.Nxd4 Nc6 This looks far more typical and a better way for Black to play. 10.Bg5 Nc6 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 18. 6.Be3 Be8 12.Qc1 Rae8 19.c5 10.. Turov.fxe5 Ba4 27..Bd7 20.e5!? 7.) 20..a5 13. Rad1 Rb8 19.Nd3 Be7 17.a3 White forces Black to give up the two bishops. White can push past with b4.Qf4 Qxf4 14.Nf3 Be7 7.b4 Rfd8 14..g5 Ne8 21.c4 Nb6 10.[FEN "rn1qkb1r/pppbpppp/8/3n4/3P4/8/ PPP1BPPP/RNBQK1NR b KQkq .g4! White has paralyzed the center and Black's play on the queenside is much too slow. 19.M-Muzychuk.Kalamaria 2009.Be3 cxd4 11. 11. 14.Qb3 Rather than advancing with the b-pawn..) 20.) 10.. White's knight on c3 is attacked.A.. Re4 1–0.c5 Rd7 25.0–0 0–0 11. 8.. 14.Qe5 After the central push on move 18 White has a winning position..0 5"] C1a) 5.. Rfe1 h6 18.Be3 g4 17..

4...Ne5 Nd7 17.Ng4 Rf5 42..Kh1 Qxe5 42.Nh6+ Kf8 43. This push ensures that Black's queenside pawns stay in place and that the f3-bishop will always have an eye on them.0–0 11.Rb1 b5 31.Rg5 1–0.Kh1 Nf2+ 34...c4?! Rather greedy. 7.Bf3 0–0 (11.Rdd3 Ng8 29.a4 Nxe5 18..bxc3 Rf8 26. It gains a tempo and possibly prepares g4 for the future.Nf3 Qxd5 6.. 9.c4 where White played f3 instead of Nf3. 10. 8.. however.Rxf7 19.Rxd3 Qc7 41. 22.Ng3 Rf3 48.Nf3 Kb6 .Ngf3 e5 18. C1d) 5. 9. If anything. Black already has two pieces out and now the center can come under siege.0–0 c6 8.c5 Qe7 36.... 7.Ne5 Nxc3 25.Kh1 Rxd3 36..Bxe5 Rc8 19. K.Nd4 Qe4 43.Bd3 Bxe6 (9..Qxd3 Bxd3 26.Nxd5 3. but so what since Black has no knight to put there.Rxe2 Qe8 19. 18.Re1 Qc7 30.Nc6 Energetic play.Nc6 Rb7 20.Nc3 Bg7 8.Qg5 Qe6 22.Rxe4 fxe4 41. White should take over the center and push Black back.Kf2 0–0–0 11.fxe3 Bxe2 18. Bd3 Neg4+ 15.Nd6+ Kg6 1–0.Bxd3 This is also possible with good attacking chances.Rac1 Nbd7 14.Rcd1 Nf5 21.c6 Black should address the pawns looming in the center..Rg1 Bb7 27.Nxf5 Qf7 44. Black is well placed.c4 23.R-Schulz. Black eventually won. 27... 10. g4 Ne4 34.Rfd1 Nf6 16.Rd2 Bd6 17. Bronstein.Be3 cxd5 13..Qb7 Nb6 13.Re1 Bxe5 24. C2) 4.Na3) 8. Kh2 Nxd3 40.h4 Kg8 35.Bh5 the bishop may become a target after Ne2-f4.Kh2 Ng4+ 35.b4 Black can only respond to White and White is much better..axb5 b6 32.Kh2 Ng4+ 38.. Barrientos Chavarriaga..Bf5 (If 4.Nb4 8. the rook.Bc6 Rf8 36.Bg4 is the other main move.bxc5? 12..cxb6! Rxc3 33.Rbd1 Kb7 44.Qe4+ f5 31.h3 Ne8 16.Re8 35.Rd1 Qc7 15.Rxe6 Rf8 47.dxc6) 12.Nc3 Qe7 Black creates a pin along the e-file and prepares to castle queenside.. Bd3 Bxd3 19.Nxf7 Rxf7 25.Rxd3 Qc7 20.a3 Be7 10.F..Qxb7 Rbxb7 24..c5 This move gives up the d5-square..b5 Ke7 29.Qe2 Rd8 38. Leningrad 1960 URS-ch.Rh3 g6 19.Rc3 Bg6 30.Nb5 Ba5 23.h3 Bf6 20.Qxd5.g6 I see this move quite often in the Scandinavian.Bxd6 Nxd6 18.Rg3 White has maneuvered around in the center and finally received some play around the Black king..Na5 c6 28.Nc4 Bb4 26.Bf3 Re8 22.b4 Qd8 13..Bh6 Everything is under attack for Black: the queen.Red1 Red8 27.. everything.Bxf8 Kxf8 29.Nc8 9.Bxd5 Nc6 14. Rac1 Kf8 28...e6! 6. What's funny about this game is that it turns into a maneuvering struggle... Germany 1985. Play could continue 34.Rc1 Kb8 21.Bb5+.. Qd2 Bxc4!? An awesome tactical idea.Nxe4 Kf7 49.fxg4 Nxg4+ 16. 6. Nxe4 Bxe4 15.exf7+ doesn't make much of a difference after Black recaptures.Bf5 Black may want to recapture on d5 with the queen.b7] 3.Qb3 b6 11. but let's look at a few more moves to see Black's idea.Rxf8+ Rxf8 28. 4..Rg6 Rde8 33.Qd2 Nd6 23.Be3 b6 13.Kh7 28.Qa4 Nf6 15.. 5..c5 If Black is going to play from the wings.Qxd3 0–0–0) 10. Seppeur.0–0 Bg4 11. Buga 2009.Qf4 Nb5 24.c4 Qa5 9. it opens the e-file for Black.Nc4 Bh6 29. hitting the d-pawn. 13. If you are already down a couple pawns don't waste time just recovering one of them.....f3 This has to be the serious challenge to Black's move.Bxf7+! This is a nice tactic that gives White an overwhelming advantage.Kxf7) 7.Nc3 exd5 This is like a French Exchange with 4.Ne5 Nxe3 17.h4 f5 Black is down a piece with an attack. since sometimes a plan with Nge2-f4 and g4 enters the works.S-Lotero.Be3 (If 7. Qe3 Bf5 21.d5!? An ambitious approach! (9.A.c4 Nb6 7.Rad1 Rb8 14. d4 e6 7..D-Lutikov.Qf4 Qd7 24.0–0 10.Qh4 Rad8 27.Ne5 Rxe5 32. both bishops..dxe6 If not this then White's last move-protecting the d-pawn--didn't make sense if the plan all along was to give it back.Rd6 cxb5 31.Rfe1 Nd5 16.Rdf3 f6 30.. 18. 10.Qh8+ Qg8 45.Qc2 Nf6 22.Nd4 Rb8 17.b6 1–0.Bxc4 Ne5 14. (6.Na3 a6 25.Rfd1 Rd8 15..Kg1 Nxe3 17. Since I am not recommending this variation for White I don't want to spend time analyzing what is going on here.Nxc6 Bxc6 20..Nge2 Rhe8 12.Bc2 23.Bf4 c6 13. Like White's move 3. bxa7 Ra3 34.Nc3 This position is more like what happens after 2.Nxe5 bxc5 22. it is meant to throw White off.Qb3 Nd7 12.) 9.) 6.Bf4 Nbd7 12.Qxh5 Rfd8 40.) A) 5.Re5 Rf4 50.Qf3 Bf8 27.Qxg8+ Kxg8 46.Rd7+ Ke8 37.Ne2 Nb4 there is no way to defend both c2 and d3.Re3 Rd5 39.Nb5 Qb7 16. 22.Nf3 This is more positional and probably just as good. Bb4+ (7. 37.Qc2 Nf6 32. This isn't all bad for White..Qxd3 Nf2+ 37. and 7.Kh1 Nf2+ 39.dxe5 Qb6+ 33.dxe5 Qd3 25.g5 h5 This pawn is now a target and costs Black the game.Rxc8 Bxg2 26.Rd8+ Bf8 21.Re1 Ng4 20. 5.Qb3 Ne4 14.

. The cpawn will soon be lost. B3a) 6..R4d3 g5 49.Bb3 Bc8 From b7 the bishop will attack d5. 8. 6.c4 bxc3 10.Qe2+ This is a good move. B3a2) 10..45. 10.Nxc3 g6 11...Ra1 Qg4 66. Black has more pieces out and has the move..S-Watson.Rd4 c5 64.Nd4 Qc4 50.R4d2 Qc5 61.Qe7 11.d5 Conceding dark square control in the center. 8.Nxd7 12. The b5 pawn also attacks the c4 square if White is thinking about playing c4.h4 White has more space and extra material..Bc4 b5!? The beginning of a funny idea. 11..d5 White gains space .a6 7.Bxd7 Nxd7 13. B3b) 6.bxa5+ Ka6 56.Kf8 Black is down a pawn so wants to avoid exchanges.Rd4 Qc2 53.c6 6. B2) 5..Ng2 Qxg3 67.Qc5+ 1–0. though I would prefer to be White since my king is safer than Black's..Be3 (11.a3 gxh4 51..Ne2 e6 9.Ng3 Bg6 14. but just that it develops the kingside. Rxb5 Qd4+ 76..g4 Bg6 14. Black's structure is looking shaky since White's knights are ready to jump into the weakened kingside dark squares and Black's queenside is under pressure from White's queen.Nge2 Bxc2? Black can't play this move with the f8bishop and the h8-rook sitting at home.Rf5 Qe3+ 72.Bd7 Black is moving the bishop around a lot and we get to a position similar to the 3.Nbd7 6.Bxc6 bxc6 10. White has the center and the extra pawn.Nxh4 Bc1 54.Qc4 The queen helps make short work of Black's queenside.0–0–0 Rhe8 13..b4 h6 48.Qe2!? A move with an interesting idea..Nge2 Bb7 14.Re1 c4 68. I don't really believe in this for Black since the light-squared bishop is using so much time..Qe7 12..g3 Be7 63. Nxf5 a5 52.Nh3 Qf6 18.Rd5 Bg5 65.Ne1 Bf4 71..Rc1 Qxa2 17. B3) 5.Nb5+ Kb6 17.dxc6+ Kc7 16.Kf1 Bg3 73.) 13.e6! No exclamation point because it is a blockbuster move.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.dxe6 Bxe6 8.e6 Here is one idea. to break up White's center and try to exert piece force on the center.Bb5+ For the moment White has a tempo.Bf5 9.Ne1 Qxe1+ 78. 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.Kg2 Qe2+ 79.Ree5 Qh3+ 69.Nge2 0–0 11.Ng5 Nf8 17.a4 b4 9.) 11..0–0 Re8 13.) 10. 8..Kf2 Rc8 19.dxc6 Qa5+ 7.A. [FEN "rn1qkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/1B1P1b2/3P4/ 5P2/PPP3PP/RNBQK1NR b KQkq .Bg4 line. Be7 We will look at this in the first illustrative game..Kg1 c3 75. or now the choice is extended to castling queenside.Rd4 Qc2 60.Rd3 Qh5 62.Qb6 11. though gaining space and not worrying about the e6-bishop hitting the c4 pawn.Bf4 Bg7 12.Bg5 and castling long is also good.Qb3 White is still up a pawn.Ng2 Qe4 74..Bb4 10.Rc1 Kb7 14.Rc1 0–0 13. 9..d5! Qxe3 15.Kxg3 Qxb5 0–1 Liu Dede-Fernandes. White can't castle kingside unless White can get Be3 in. 12. Black has three main ways to get out of check..Qd2 Qxc4 16.Nc3 Bc5 (If 9.R6d4 Qc2 47.J. 11... 7.Nc3 Nxc6 8.R4d3 Bxa3 55. B) 5.Bxd7 The light squared bishop is not the best anyway since White's pawns are on light squares.Rd6 Bf4 46.Rd1 Qc2 58.0–0 White just has nice development and a beautiful c-file.c4 Here is a main position of the 3. Mallorca 2004.Nce4 a5 15. Solomon.Rxc7 This is double edged.R1d2 Qc1 + 57...Bf4 0–0–0 12..R3d2 Qe4 59..c7 Qd2+ 18..0 5"] B1) 5.Kh1 f5 16.Kg1 Qb3 70.Kf1 Qd1+ 77.Be3 Bg6 (12. Parramatta 2009.Ne4 Qb4+ 15.0–0–0 9..Bb5+ lines except White has gotten d4 in.dxe6 Qxe6 10. B3a1) 10..

Nb6 A) 4. 4.c5 When looking up games in this opening I saw that this has been popular as well.Nf3 White just has so much space and easy development.b4 Two knights are usually stronger than a rook.b4 Ncd7 10.Nf6 This isn't something I have seen much because when the knight goes to b6.playchess.D.Nd4 No this is not a beginners blunder.. Morphy.Rxe6 Rc2+ 41.Rd1 Rxd1+ 33. I find White's position is just easier to play.Kg4 b5 50..Qd3 Qxa2 35.Bg4 5.Ra1 Re4 46..Kh3 1–0. Qf2 Ne5 29..) 9.Rhd1 Ka7 24.Qc2 exd5 15.Bb2 Ng6 11.d5? b5 7. 5.. It is more direct and takes advantage of the fact that Black . 6. White has different move order options but since you are going to play this move at some point.Bf2 Qc6 32.Rg3 Qc4 36.. 4..g6 I have never faced this move before.Ra7 Rd7 52. 10.Rhe8 20.Qxb5 Nc2+) 6. but it is a major variation in this opening. 5.Rac1 Kb8 17..g5 19. d5 Nc5 8.Qxd1 Qxc4+ 34.Be3 This short game is instructive for how White uses a queenside majority to win.bxc3 Be4 10..Nxd5 Rd8 23.M-Buchenthal..e6 a2 45.d5.f4 Qf8 20.c4 [FEN "rnbqkb1r/ppp1pppp/8/3n4/2PP4/8/ PP3PPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq .Nc3 Bc5 14.e5 break ideas. Ne5 (8.com 2005.b4 Bf5 25.Rg1 a3 44..) 20.dxe5 Qxd3+ 30.Nb4 This move looks like just a mistake....Kf1 f5 28.Qd4 Qxd4 12.Kxf5 Rd5+ 49.Qd1 White does not actually win a piece since Black can drive the queen back.) 11.. 18.h4 h5 12.c5 This is all mostly analysis. 5.Bd3 We reach this position through some odd maneuvers.0–0 0–0–0 12.Nb6 13.Kf2 c6 16. 6. it seems easiest to just play it now. 8.Nc3 e6 14.Ra8+ Kh7 51.Kf3 a4 42.Rg1 Rg8 18. 14. Black's idea here is not very good.Nd4 Bg6 13.Na4 Bxd4 18.Nxd4 Bg6 13..Qc3 Nxa1 11.Qe2 Qe4 31. Rxf3 Qd6 23.Bxd4 cxd5 19.Ke2 Rxc4 40.Nc3 Bf5 6. it places pressure on the c4-pawn.Nb6 Rc6 21.Nd2 Bc6 11.. Still.Rg3 Rd8 21.Nf3 e6 7. Paris 1858.A.Rg6 Rc6 38.hxg4 Rxg4+ 27.0 4"] I like this move immediately.Qc2 h6 13.Nc3 Bg7 A) 7.Be3 Bb4 8.Qd7 11. but that's okay because now Black is all discombobulated.g4! This is what White had been preparing for the past 10 moves or so. 12.Kh2 Kh8 17. 5.h3 Qc8 16..Nf3 Bxf3 22..Qa4+ N8c6 Retreating the other knight runs into a pin after 6.Bg3 Rg7+ 53.. 11. Black basically wants to pressure the d-pawn with the bishop on g7..Qxd4 Nb3 10. which is often quite overlooked since he had so many short ones.Bxf6 gxf6 22.fxg5 hxg5 25.Na6 7..a3 (6. Nc3 Comfortable for White. 9. B) 4.Nf3 Again I favor simple development and blocking of any .gxh5 g4 26.P-Anderssen. Womacka.Kf4 Rd6 48.Qb6 (10.c6 Weakens Black's pawns to a great White advantage...Rae1 b6 15.Qxc4 Rxc4 37...Rxa2 Rxe6 47. I wanted to show this blast from the past since it shows Morphy's strength in longer games..Nbd7 12.Qb3 Bxc3+ 9.Kg2 Nh5 24.with an eye for exchanges....0–0 0–0 14..Rg6 Rc4 43.c4 a5 39.Ne7 1–0.c5 Rc8? (19..0–0–0 15.

.Qb3 Kh8 (12.Qxd4 f5 15. The position is probably equal or slightly better for White. 13.D-Luconi..Qd2 Nc7 14.Rxe7 From the exchanges White has emerged better because of the rook on the seventh rank and the other rook is coming to d1 with tempo.dxe7 Qxe7+ 19.0–0 8..Nxd4 Bxh6 17. B2) 11.Be2 e5 10.Nd7 13.Bxb2? 13.Qb3 e6.Qxg6+ [FEN "8/1ppnr1kp/p5Q1/2qPp1P1/ 2P3P1/3B4/PP3r1R/1K5R b ..d6+ N3d5 18.h3 Nc6 9. Rodriguez Vila.Nb7 17.) 11.g4!? This move is aimed at creating tension when Black plays the typical .Rhe1 a5 18.. B) 7..Kf1 c6 20.Rh2 Bxg5 23.. 15. 12.0–0–0 f4 14..Ne4 Nd7 13. Nxe7 Qxe7 19.Re1 The ideas are pressure: pressure on d5..d5 When Black gains space with e5 we retaliate by also pushing a pawn in the center and getting a queenside majority.b4 Gutsy chess. 1–0... Black cannot take advantage of the holes left behind by the pawn moves.Bxe6 Nxe6 15.Nc3 fxg4 14. 10.Bxd4 14.0–0–0 Nd7 14.bxc5 e5 18. 11.) 13.h4 Nd7 21..J.Re1 Qf8 21.f5 push.Bg5 Be6 13.Qa3 Qc7 15. b4 bxc5 17.Bd3 I am trying to figure out moves Black has here. Pico City 1996..Qa3 b6 16..Bd2 Nc5 15.Mendoza 2008.Be2 .Kb1 Rae8 22.a6 16.Ne7 11.Nb5..Be3 This move appeals to me since it is as usual straightforward development and promises some attacking chances. 7..Qe4 Kg7 25. 7. on the e-file.hxg5 Qc5 24..Nxd5 cxd5 22.hxg4 Rxf3? This whole idea fails. 16..Bxf3 Nxc4 16.... White's rationale is that due to lack of space.h6 (10.Nb5 White is aiming for control on both sides of the board. on the e-pawn..Nd6 White is paralyzing Black.Nd5 8. Bh6 Nxd4 16. 6..Qb3 Nxe3 17..0 12"] There is now a hole on d6.C.. B1) 11..e4 This is an example of a move to memorize since it is forcing.f5 12.0 27"] A pretty end.Qxe3 Bh6 20. The e-pawn is under attack .Na7 f4 17.Rdh1 Re7 26.Bc4 c6 9.Ng5 Nf6 15.Nf6+) 13. Defending it by for example 18.b6 Black can play this to get some more activity. Kg2 1–0. 10..Rac1 a5 16.Nxc8 fxe3 18. 15. Nxe4 f5 (12.. Black is never able to get rolling.Qd6 runs into 19. White is much too active to fall prey to this scheme to take White's center pawns.. 12.Bd3 Rxf2 27.A-Gomez Baillo. Valerga.Qxh6 Qxd4 18..has chosen not to develop traditionally and left the e-pawn on its original square.0–0 0–0 10.Bd4 White is nearly winning after taking over the dark squares like this.cxb6 axb6 12.Bd2 b6 14. [FEN "rnbq1rk1/pp3pb1/2p1p1pp/2Pn4/ 2BP4/1QN2N2/PP3PPP/R1B1R1K1 w .Qxd5+ Kh8 23.

There are two alternatives. We will look at it in the second illustrative game.Bxf3 Otherwise the Black knight will get pushed back or to the side. Black is doing well. 10.Bf4! h5 (20.exf7+ Kxf7 20..... Judit (2550) – Damaso.. 8.Qd4 Ng6 11. 7.Qd7 Preparing to castle queenside.. 7.Qxc3 Qxe6 15.. 9.. 6.Bh6 Nxe2 17. Bxg7 Rg8 16.. 1992 .Nc3 Qxd4 14. but the kingside makes this a nearly winning position for White.Bg3) 21.dxe6 Bb4+ 13.. 8.Rxg2 21.Bxc6 + bxc6 11.Ne5 The knight finds an active home.Bxf3 White recaptures.b3 As always I like having the two bishops. White's bishop doesn't look so hot but neither do Black's isolated a and c pawns.. Polgar..Be3 Nc6 8. Grandmaster Leonid Yudasin was White and won after some more moves.e6 Play could also continue this way. A) 9.Qa4 Nb6 12.0–0 0–0 13.d5 White gains space and forces a favorable exchange. 6.Qxc6+ Qd7 13.Rad1 If you only look at the queenside.Be3 e5 12..c6 10. Rui (2450) Oviedo rapid.Nc6 This is the other developing move that makes sense. 10..Be2 White saves the bishop.0 10"] This is an interesting position.. B) 9.Nc3 Bb4 11.bxc3 Nxc4 19.Nc3 This is the best way to deal with Black's fast central play.Kxe2 Bxc3 18.e6 This is likely the best move. 8.Qe4 This position is about equal.. 7.Bxf3 9.Qb3 Qe7 12. dxe6 Bxc3 14.Bxd4 Nf4 15.. I hope this column was helpful in explaining this Black system and in giving a couple of choices for White on how to counter it.b3!? [FEN "r3kb1r/pppqpppp/1n6/3Pn3/2P5/1P6/ P3BPPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq .. 9.Bxf3 Nxc4 10.White breaks the pin and retains central control. White now gets to force the play.

h6 It is hard to say what else to do.Bb5+ Nbd7 5..h3 traps the knight. Bc5 or ..f6 13.......e4 d5 2.Bxg5 is terrible for Black. 10.f5 Bf7 14.h3 This looks slow...Nc3 Be7 This is where we left off in the theory section. Since Black is scrunched up.Be4 or possibly.0 10"] For the moment White has the center...g5 Ng4 14.Nh5 12. d5 Bf5 9. so Black is not able to strike back as White plays on the wings..Scandinavian [B01] This game showcases the great attacking power of Judit Polgar.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 e6 7. 12. White's moves could have been met with .f4.Bb4. 11. 10. [FEN "r2qk2r/pppnbppp/6b1/1B1P2Pn/ 2P2P2/2N5/PP5P/R1BQK1NR b KQkq . 11. 11. 12.f5 Bh7 13.f3 Bf5 6. This move is less active than .g5 also looks strong.Bg6 The only safe square to retreat. Since Black is being passive..Qe2 fxg5 15...0 12"] 12.Qe2 Bxf5 15..Bxg1.h5 lets White's pawns advance.d4 Bg4 4. If the Black dark-squared bishop was on c5/b4. this is not possible.f4 White makes more room for her pieces and continues making threats.Qe7+ or .. but maybe Polgar wanted to make the queen flexible and not . 1.dxe6 Bxe6 8.. Polgar decides that it is appropriate to play aggressively in order to make Black uncomfortable and control the play.f5 Bh7 13. 11..g4!? [FEN "r2qk2r/pppnbppp/5n2/1B1P1b2/ 2P3P1/2N2P2/PP5P/R1BQK1NR b KQkq . 11.

....Qd7 21.0–0–0 This is a messy position that could go either way now what both sides have activity and attack. Otherwise the game does not make sense.Nc3 Ba3+ 19. yet he has to get developed somehow.Qf3 White may have to return the pawn. 14. White could also develop normally with 15. The danger for Black is now White has the initiative: control of play.Rb1.b5? This loses the bishop.Rb1 I looked in two different databases at this game and both indicate the move as 20... 13.Re1.. 20. 18.Bxd7 The bishop is not the greatest since as stated before the White pawns are on light squares.Nxa4 Qe8 A sly double attack. Nge2.. The knight on a4 is attacked and Black has set up a discovered check.Ba3 Going back to cover the dark-squares was .Kf1 Bxb2 [FEN "r3qrk1/1pp2ppb/p4n1p/3P1P2/ 2P2BP1/2N2Q1P/Pb6/R4KNR w . Moving the e7-bishop acknowledges the loss of the tempo while the other pieces have nowhere to go. Everything else loses time or puts pieces on bad squares.. 15...a6 16.Qf3 An ambitious move that allows Black to execute a sequence that prevents White from castling.Ba4 Nxc4 17.0 20"] This is the idea: Black regains the pawn and White can no longer castle. 15.Nxd7 15...Re1 20.. 14.Ba4 Nxa4 17. 21. Notice the h7-bishop locked in a cage.Nge2 White still has the center and Black's dark-squared bishop is cut off from attack. 15.. 20.Nb6! I'm not sure how to respond to this move. White is still doing well.0–0 It looks like Black is heading from the frying pan into the fire.. With nearly a hundred percent certainty this is wrong and the move played was 20...a6 and ..tied down to defending g4. 15.Bf4 14. 14.. The threat of .a6 16...Nxc4 is hard to meet.. This is White's last chance to do this and in the game Black had a chance to make the bishop into somewhat of an awkward piece.Bf4 White has central control and of course an extra pawn. 21.Nc5 The natural move but it has no threats. 14.

.Rb1 The bishop is still lost.c4 Nb6 7.. Sigfred (2265) Oberwart open.better.h4 Rd8 33.Bc1 g6 28. play is very difficult for Black.. White wins with a swift attack.0–0–0 11..g5 Kg7 32. 22.c6 26.Qg2 is the move in the databases and again it appears to be wrong since it would allow a knight fork on the 28th move.Nxd5 cxd5 31.. 29.Rd1 After losing the piece. 25.Nxd1 This was probably best for Black.a4 This is not a fun attack to face.Ne3+ 29.Qe8 27. 10. This was a rapid game so it's possible that the recording of the moves was a little off.Kg1 Nxd1 30.. 24. 11. 1994 Scandinavian [B01] I like this game since by making natural moves White is able to easily get a winning position.d4 Nxd5 4.Be2 Nc6 6.Rd6 1-0 This move doesn't seem right and neither do the last moves so I didn't include them. Bxf3 Ne5 9..Bb2 A nice maneuver to the long diagonal left behind.e6 This looks right but it lets White take over quite quickly. Milov...e4 d5 2.Kg2 26.b3 Here is where we left off in the theory section.Bb2 Ng6 ...Rxa1 Nxd5 25.f6 28..Be2 Qd7 10.. Regardless of the final moves the game still retains the same lesson: attack with f3 followed by g4 when you have control of the center.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf4 gxf5 30. 1.d5 Bxf3 8. Leonid (2520) – From.Bb2 24.Nf2 bxc4 23.Nf3 Bg4 5. 23. 28. 26. 10. but still White is winning since it is as if White has three pieces for the rook because the h7-bishop has no play.Rxd5 f4 34.Bb2 Ng6 12.Nd1 Ba1 The only square available since the queen on f3 covers the a3 square. White is a strong IM playing against a master..

Na3 dxe5 22. 16..0–0 Bd6? Such a natural move that fails...Bxd1 0–0 Black can try to use development to justify sacrificing a pawn.c5 0–0–0 [FEN "2kr3r/ppp4p/1n1bq1p1/2P1np1B/ 8/1P6/PB3PPP/RN1QR1K1 w ..Qc5 1-0 A strong showing by Milov that shows what happens in this position if Black plays too slowly.fxe5 Rhe8 21.Qc2 Nf4 15.Bh5+ g6 Now there is a pin on the long a1–h8 diagonal..Rd8 14.Re1 Ne5 15. then the position is equal.0 18"] Black is facing losing another piece after f4.f4 gxh5 20.Bb4+ 13.f5 15.Nb5 Nd5 25. I am not sure I believe Black has enough. 13. Lessons Learned ● If Black can play the immediate challenge move 1. 14.[FEN "r3kb1r/pppq1ppp/1n2p1n1/3P4/2P5/ 1P6/PB2BPPP/RN1QK2R w KQkq .Be5 16.Bf3 c6 16. 14.Kf1 Qxd1+ 14.d5 with impunity.0 12"] 12.. so he decides to at least develop...Bxe5 + Ka8 24. The key seems to be to utilize the inherent ...Qc2+ Kb8 23.Nc3 Be7 Not hanging on by much but at least still in the game. 17.Bg4 Gaining a tempo while opening the e-file. although it is better than what happened in the game.dxe6 Qxe6 12.Bh5 is not much better for Black. 18.. White gets a winning position quickly and decisively. 13.cxd6 cxd6 19.

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