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.


Sample video


  • 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]

Scotch Game

The opening known as the Scotch Game owes its name to a correspondence match played between the cities of Edinburgh and London between 1824 and 1828. In it, however, the Scots first had the black pieces and lost to 3.d4, but later took their revenge by successfully opening with 3.d4 with the white pieces. At the start of the 20th century interest in this direct method of play had noticeably waned, but then in 1990 no less a player than Garry Kasparov opened with the Scotch Game in the 14th game of his WCh match (Lyon/New York) against Anatoly Karpov at a moment when the scores were level. This brought the sleeping beauty of an opening back to life. This game was in fact drawn, but in his next game with White Kasparov repeated his “experiment” – and this time he was successful. The result was a boom in the Scotch. A whole host of top players rushed into the variation and what the day before had been considered old-fashioned was suddenly chic and modern.

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