Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. d4/3...exd4

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Scotch Game
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Scotch Game[edit]

The main line is the natural move 4. Nxd4. White physically occupies the center and Black will probably attack it with 4...Bc5 or 4...Nf6.

White has also two other options.

4. Bc4, the Scotch Gambit. White leaves the pawn in peace and tries to establish attacking pressure with a lead in development.
4. c3, the Göring Gambit. A gambit that is quite similar to the Danish Gambit.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4

4
Main line Nxd4
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=
Scotch Gambit Bc4
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=
Göring Gambit c3
d5
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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.