A practical repertoire against the scotch
For a long time the Scotch opening was considered harmless and rarely played. This changed in 1990 when Garry Kasparov successfully employed the Scotch opening in his World Championship match against Anatoly Karpov. But that was 25 years ago. Now, there is no need to panic if you want to play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 and need a line against the Scotch. On this 60 Minutes renowned and successful coach Adrian Mikhalchishin gives simple practical tips how to neutralize and counter the Scotch.
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.
- A repertoire for black against the scotch: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5
- 01: Intro and 5.Nf5 - Bene,V - Smilaver [07:02]
- 02: 5.Be3 Qf6 6.Nb5 Bxe3 7.fxe3 Qh4+ - Wang,H - Harikrishna,P [03:25]
- 03: 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Nc2 d6 8.Bxc5 dxc5 - Dutreeuw - Mikhalchishin; Rublevsky,S - Kobalia,M [04:49]
- 04: 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 Ne5 8.Be2 Qg6 9.0-0 d6 10.f3 0-0 11.Kh1 d5 12.Nd4 dxe4 13.fxe4 Ng4 and 10.f4 Qxe4 11.Bf2 Bxd4 12.cxd4 N5g6 13.g3 0-0 - Nedev,T - Upton,T; Carlsen,M - Leko,P [05:38]
- 05: 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 Ne5 8.Be2 Qg6 9.0-0 d6 10.f4 Qxe4 11.Bf2 Bxd4 12.cxd4 N5g6 13.g3 Qf5 - Areshchenko,A - Lenic,L [02:30]
- 06: 5.Nb3 Bb4+ 6.c3 Be7 7.Nd4/c4/f4 - Radulov,I - Keres,P; Ivanovic,B - Petrosian,T; Huebner,R - Spassky,B; Movsesian,S - Landa,K [07:07]
- 07: 5.Nb3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 a5 7.a3 Be7 8.Nc3/Bc3 - Sveshnikov,E - Berzinsh,R; Sveshnikov,E - Romanishin,O [06:32]
- 08: 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qd2 dxc6 7.Nc3 Bd4 8.Bc4/Nd1/Bd3 - Nataf,I - Beliavsky,A; Nataf,I - Dorfman,J; Smeets,J - Beliavsky,A; Tiviakov,S - Korneev,O [05:04]
- 09: 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 dxc6 7.Nd2/Nc3/Bc4 - Huzman,A - Nunn,J; Motylev,A - Romanov,E; Rublevsky,S - Naiditsch,A [09:04]
- 10: 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 dxc6 7.Bc4 - Ni Hua - Lenic,L; [01:11]
- 11: 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.g3 d5 - Dworakowska,J - Mikhalchishin,A; [03:09]
- 12: 4...Qf6 5.Nb5 Bc5 6.Qe2 Bb6/Qd8 - Kogan,A - Jonkman,H; Holzke,F - Hector,J [03:49]
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by Viktor Bologan
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