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Re: Black against the Scotch
Reply #5 - 04/08/19 at 21:17:08
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 01/22/19 at 09:59:15:
bragesjo wrote on 01/22/19 at 08:52:32:
what do you play against Scotch Four Knights?

I noticed from Victor's column over the last year or so that there seem to be quite a few good lines for Black nowadays, even that Wei Yi - Vidit, S game from April 2018 is worth a look.


When you say "even that Wei Yi - Vidit, S game" are you suggesting that there's somehow something suspicious about that line? (8...O-O 9.O-O Bg4). I've started playing it recently but now you've got me worried
  
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Re: Black against the Scotch
Reply #4 - 01/24/19 at 00:11:17
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try 4...Qh4 Smiley
  

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Re: Black against the Scotch
Reply #3 - 01/22/19 at 09:59:15
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bragesjo wrote on 01/22/19 at 08:52:32:
what do you play against Scotch Four Knights?

I noticed from Victor's column (https://www.chesspublishing.com/content/1) over the last year or so that there seem to be quite a few good lines for Black nowadays, even that Wei Yi - Vidit, S game from April 2018 is worth a look.
  
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Re: Black against the Scotch
Reply #2 - 01/22/19 at 08:52:32
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While I am no expert on open games, what do you play against Scotch Four Knights?
  
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Re: Black against the Scotch
Reply #1 - 01/19/19 at 22:42:42
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HgMan wrote on 01/19/19 at 19:23:41:
Is there a particular line that maybe invites a little more creativity?


The late Tony Miles rather liked the idea which goes 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bb4+ 5. c3. The Bishop then retreats to c5 or e7. While it might seem as if this loses a tempo, the ideas are to weaken the d3 square and block the c3 square from a Knight.

It's a line that's been around for 25 years, so regular players of the Scotch are likely to be familiar with it.

If you like attempting to grab material, there's the variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qh4
  
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Black against the Scotch
01/19/19 at 19:23:41
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I don't like facing the Scotch. I'd happily face just about any other open game line, but I don't like facing the Scotch. It's not that it gives White an unquestioned advantage, but I can never find any way to unlock the position. If I can reach equality, I can't turn the tide. I find it's very difficult to register the full point against it—even against weaker opposition. In recent correspondence tournaments, I've opted for the Caro-Kann if my opponent had any record of playing the Scotch as White.

What to do? Is there a particular line that maybe invites a little more creativity? Or a way to dodge it? Or frustrate the White player? I've been looking at the ...g6 options in Dangerous Weapons, but can anybody recommend a plan?
  

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