SCOTCH GAME & FOUR KNIGHTS

Black should take these openings seriously. They are used less often than the Ruy Lopez so many players with Black don’t know them as well. That’s where part of the danger lies.

The Spanish Four Knights can be reached via a sequence such as: 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3. Nc3 Nf6; 4. Bb5. At this point the major choices for Black are Bb4 and Nd4. Both are quite playable. Another choice for White on his fouth move is d4. 4. d4 ed; 5. Nxd4 Bb4; gives Black good counterplay with approximate equality. On 4. Bc4 Black can reply with either Bc5 or Nxe4.

The Scotch Game is reached via the sequence 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3. d4. The standard continuation here is 3. ____ ed; 4. Nxd4. Black’s major choices are 4. ____ Nf6; 5. Nxc3 bc3; 6. e5 Qe7; 7. Qe2 Nd5; and 4. ____ Bc5; 5. Be3 Qf6; 6. c3. White can hope for a small plus against either line. An important offshoot of the Scotch Game is the Goring Gambit where White plays 4. c3 instead of 4. Nxd4. White’s compensation for the sacrificed pawn appears to be adequate. Black should take the gambit seriously and have something prepared against it.

Spanish Four Knights Scotch Game

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SCOTCH GAME

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Starting Out: The Scotch Game The Scotch Game Explained 4._Qh4 in the Scotch Game

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FOUR KNIGHTS

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The Four Knights Move by Move The Four Knights Game Secret Weapon Four Knights Game

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GORING GAMBIT

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The Goring Gambit How to Play the Goring Gambit The Goring Gambit

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