# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...d5/2. exd5/2...Qxd5/3. Nc3

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Scandinavian Defence
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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# Scandinavian Defence

In this position, black queen is under attack and must find a safe square. There are several possibilities.

3...Qa5 is the most common. The queen cannot be attacked again, she can pin the knight if White dares to advance his d pawn and she can later move to b6 to target the b2 pawn.
3...Qd6 and 3...Qd8 are less aggressive alternatives.
3...Qe5+ and 3...Qe6+ check the king, inviting White to play 4. Be2 and weaken the g2 pawn.

Of course, Black cannot play 3... Qc6?? because of 4. Bb5, winning the Queen.

## Theory table

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3

3
Main line -
Qa5
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Qd6
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Qd8
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Patzer Variation -
Qe5+
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Qe6+
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