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Crushing the Scotch Game

Crushing the Scotch Game

Hi Chess for Children kids, this is Mr.C and today’s article is about the nefarious Scotch Game

The Problem

The Scotch Game is one of the most difficult opening to play against with the Black pieces.

Ever since World Champion Garry Kasparov used it against  Anatoly Karpov in their World Championship match it has become a favorite of 1. e4 players around the world. 

For years I, and I have no doubt many others, have lost countless games to this opening. White’s plan was clear and it was shown in practice. In fact, Garry Kasparov said that only the Scotch and the Ruy Lopez were serious winning attempts when playing 1. e4.

The Solution

Slowly, but surely, various defenses came to light and most promising among them was the Classical Defense.  Black gains time while White gains space and the balance seemed to be maintained.

The game featured  in the video is a game I played against prodigy Alex Bian in the 2016 Chicago Open in the 7th round. The game was important because it meant that the winner could possibly finish in the top.

If you would like to know more about Alex Bian here you can do so here.

That meant that we were both out for blood and no quarter would be asked for or given.  Luckily I was armed with a novelty from Dutch super G.M.  Anish Giri.

If you would like to know more about this super G. M. you can view this page here.

Maybe you might want to know more about me, Mr . C if so you can do so here.

 Scotch Crush Video

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 Scotch Crush Game

[pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none] [Event "Chicago Open"] [Date "2016.05.30"] [Round "7"] [White "Bian, Alex"] [Black "Colding, Steve"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C45"] [WhiteElo "2249"] [BlackElo "2209"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. Bc4 b6 8. O-O Bb7 9. f3 9... O-O-O 10. Qd2 d5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Bg5 Nxd4 13. Kh1 Nxf3 14. Rxf3 Qxf3 15. gxf3 Ne3 16. Be2 Rxd2 17. Nxd2 Re8 18. Nb3 Nc2 19. Rd1 f6 20. Nxc5 bxc5 21. Bb5 Bxf3+ 22. Kg1 Bxd1 23. Bxe8 fxg5 24. Kf2 Bg4 25. Ba4 Bf5 26. Ke2 g6 27. Kd2 h5 0-1 [/pgn]