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Justin Horton(Guest)

Scotch 4...Bc5: queen to e2 or d2?
01/31/06 at 13:40:32
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A few months ago I started wondering about the 4…Bc5 line, which I favour as Black, and the particular variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 ed4 4.Nd4 Bc5 5.Nc6 Qf6.

Now all the books give 6.Qd2, Kasparov’s choice, but I started wondering if there was any mileage in playing 6.Qe2 instead. Perhaps it would give the option of e5, or Be3? Anyway it seemed like an idea worth looking at. However, much to my surprise, the books I consulted didn’t seem to consider the idea worth mentioning at all, to the point where. Am I missing something obvious, or does the idea have anything to offer?

Oddly, though, just recently I was playing a club match (Naylor[2235] – Horton [2085] Kent League 2005) which proceeded along similar lines: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 ed4 4.Nd4 Qf6 5.Nb5 Bc5 6.Qd2. Funnily enough when I had a look at this line later, the books were only interested in 6.Qe2! But 6.Qd2 seems logical enough to me and I thought White a little better after 6…Bb6 7.Nc3 Nge7 8.Qf4 Qf4 9.Bf4 d6 (even if we did agree a draw after 10.Na4 Ba5 11.Bd2 Bd2 12.Kd2 Kd8).

Do people think the idea has any merit? And is there any reason other than fashion why in one instance, Qe2 should be de rigeur and Qd2 unheard of, while in the other variation, it's the other way around?
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