My SECRET Anti-Scotch Opening System [No Theory]
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My SECRET Anti-Scotch Opening System [No Theory]

My SECRET Anti-Scotch Opening System [No Theory]

Today I’d like to show you how to counter the Scotch Game, one of the most common and aggressive chess openings for White. It arises after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4, and Black is almost forced to take the pawn with 3…exd4.

At this moment, White has a few interesting options:

  • 4.Ng5 – a dubious but very dangerous attacking option for White
  • 4.Nxd4 – the simple Lolli Variation, leading to the classical Scotch Game
  • 4.Bc4 – the Scotch Gambit, where White aims for quick development and a powerful attack against the Black king

If you are not familiar with these variations as Black, it is very easy to falter within the next few moves. That’s why I want to share with you the best and easiest way to counter all these variations.

And the best part? You will cut down on a lot of opening theory by learning a single variation that can be played against all these lines. The London Defense variation, which occurs after 4…Bb4+ in the Scotch Gambit, forces White to react to the check, thus limiting their choices.

You will also learn the common opening mistakes to avoid, middlegame plans, typical attacking ideas, and some deadly traps.

Below, you can find the variations shown in the video:

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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