Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...d5/2. exd5/2...Qxd5/3. Nc3/3...Qa5

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Scandinavian Defence
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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Scandinavian Defence[edit]

By moving the queen to a5, she 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. This also sets the stage for developing black's pieces while setting up some threats, a much better option than ...Qd8. White's main plans here are Nf3 and d4, continuing to control the center and developing his pieces. Black can give his queen escape squares with a timely ...c6 in case it gets into danger, and can develop his pieces and go for an e7-e5 advance.