November 28, 2009

Scotch Game

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This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn the Scotch Game chess opening. The lesson holds 2 chess videos (Video 1: Scotch Game - General Information, Video 2: Scotch Game - How to Play), the textual part on Scoth Game, and the PGN file to learn how it works in real.

By composition, the lesson is divided into 3 parts:

I. Scotch Game: Data and Variations
II. Scotch Game Videos: See a Picture and How to Play
III. Scotch Game PGN File: Download and Learn Real Games


I. Scotch Game: Data and Variations

Opening Type: Open Game
Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4
ECO Code: C45
Note: ECO Code C45 is only Scotch Game.

Scotch Game: General Description

Scotch Game got its name from a correspondence match in 1824 between Edinburgh (Scotland) and London. It is a good sample of an Open Game. Being popular today, the opening was played by Garry Kasparov who considered it as a nice replacement for the multivariation Ruy Lopes.

At the very beginning, White occupies the center by placing his pawn on e4 and knight on d4, which is a challenge for Black to compensate the initial opening's position and break it through at the game opening's phase... The best Black moves to answer Scotch Game are the following 4:

(1) 4... Bc5 (common appr. for 45%), (2) 4... Nf6 (common appr. for 40%), (3) 4... Nxd4 (common appr. for 10%), and (4) 4... Qh4 (common appr. for 5%). Officially, Scotch Game has 21 variations. As today, the most common 4-6 variations are being played for appr. 90% of all the games on Scotch Game.

Scotch Game: Some Variations

• The 4... Bc5 variation, C45:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5

• Meitner variation, C45:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Nc2

• Schmidt variation, C45:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6

• Ghulam Kassim variation, C45:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 d6 6.Bd3

• Horwitz Attack variation, C45:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qh4 5.Nb5


II. Scotch Game Videos: See a Picture and How to Play

To understand this chess opening in general, you are recommended to see Video 1: Scotch Game - General Information. To learn the Scotch Game opening in a visible way, click the Play button below:




• If the opening video hasn't shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.

To see Video 2: Scotch Game - How to Play, click this link:
See Video 2: Scotch Game - How to Play
Note: You can find Video 2 at the bottom of the page open.


III. Scotch Game PGN File: Download and Learn Real Games

Find below the Scotch-Game.pgn file to download and learn how this chess opening works in real and see its latest tendencies. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

Within the Scotch-Game.pgn file, you will find:

• Description, main lines, some variations, and how to play 3 of them.
• 20 chess games played on Scotch Game by chess masters in 2008-2009.
• The computer program's analysis on each game's opening phase, and more...

To see how Scotch Game works in real at the chess master level, click the following link:

Download the Scotch-Game.pgn File (12 KB)


On Chess-openings-for-beginners.Blogspot.com, you can see more openings. For example:

[*.See Danish Gambit]
[*.See Petroff Defense]
[*.See Philidor Defense]