December 9, 2009

Scotch Gambit

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This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn the Scotch Gambit chess opening. It includes the textual part to read, the PGN file to download, and the following 4 videos to see: Video 1: Scotch Gambit - General Information, Videos 2-3-4: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Parts 1-2-3.

The chess opening lesson is divided into 2 parts:
I. Scotch Gambit: Data and Variations
II. Scotch Gambit Videos: See the Picture and How to Play
III. Scotch Gambit PGN File: Download to Learn Real Games


I. Scotch Gambit: Data and Variations

Opening Type: Open Game
Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4
ECO Code: C44 [ECO Code C44 is not only Scotch Gambit]

Scotch Gambit: General Description

Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4) is a brother opening of Scotch Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4), but it is not so common as the latter. The reason for this is simple: Within Scotch Gambit, it is not easy for White to get better opening position...

The best Black moves to answer Scotch Gambit are the following 4: (1) 4... Nf6 - appr. 45%; (2) 4... Bc5 - appr. 40%; (3) 4... Bb4+ - appr. 10%; (4) 4... Be7 - appr. 5%. Officially, Scotch Gambit has at least 11 variations: 3-4 of them are the most common...

Scotch Gambit: Some Variations

• Dubois-Reti Defence variation, C44:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6

• Scotch Gambit, a 4... Bc5 line, C44:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5

• The 5.Ng5 variation, C44:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.Ng5

• The 6.bxc3 variation, C44:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.bxc3

• Benima Defense variation, C44:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Be7

• Cochrane-Shumov Defense variation, C44:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.Nxf7 Nxf7 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qxc5 d5


II. Scotch Gambit Videos: See the Picture and How to Play

To understand this chess opening in general, you are recommended to see first Video 1: Scotch Gambit - General Information. To learn the Scotch Gambit opening in a visible way, just 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.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

You have seen the above Video 1 - You have learn the general picture on Scotch Gambit... And now you are recommended to see Video 2 and Video 3: Both are located on separate pages, find their links below. Video 2 and Video 3 will display how to play some variations of Scotch Gambit.

To see Video 2: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Part 1, click this link:
See Video 2: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Part 1
Note: You can find this video at the bottom of the page open.
Note: This video will display 2 variations of Scotch Gambit.

To see Video 3: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Part 2, click this link:
See Video 3: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Part 2
Note: This video will display other 2 variations of Scotch Gambit.

To see Video 4: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Part 3, click this link:
See Video 4: Scotch Gambit - How to Play Part 3
Note: This video will display Cochrane-Shumov Defense variation of Scotch Gambit.


III. Scotch Gambit PGN File: Download to Learn Real Games

Find below the Scotch-Gambit.pgn file to download and see how it works in real games at the chess master level. 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.

The Scotch-Gambit.pgn file includes:
• The description of Scotch Gambit.
• Some variations of this chess opening.
• 12 Scotch Gambit chess games played by chess masters in 2009.

To download the Scotch Gambit PGN File, click the following link:
Scotch-Gambit.pgn File (9 KB)