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Re: Scandinavian 2...Nf6 3.Nf3: Greet and Shaw
Reply #1 - 07/11/19 at 23:57:21
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Yeah, I wondered the same thing when reading that chapter. I think 3 d4 makes sense if you don't think the Portuguese is good, but I disagree that 3 Nf3 is toothless.
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Scandinavian 2...Nf6 3.Nf3: Greet and Shaw
07/11/19 at 21:39:19
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In Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1.e4 Andrew Greet recommended meeting the Scandinavian with 3.Nf3, whether Black's second move is ...Qxd5 or ...Nf6.

John Shaw says that, after 2...Nf6, 3.d4 "is the only ambitious move, as 3.Nf3 Qxd5 leads to a toothless variation, as described on page 361". On that page he explains why, after 2...Qxd5, he recommends 3.Nc3 rather than Greet's 3.Nf3. In short, he thinks Greet's main line (2...Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 0-0-0 6.Be3 e5) is fine for Black. But in that line Black has not played an early ...Nf6. Black cannot reach that line after 2...Nf6.

So, even if 2...Qxd5 3.Nf3 is indeed toothless, does it follow that 2...Nf6 3.Nf3 is also toothless? After 3...Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 or 4...Qd6, 5.d4 transposes to Shaw's lines. Admittedly Shaw does not reach the position after 4...Qa5 5.d4 (because after 2...Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 he prefers 5.Bc4 to 5.Nf3), but that is the main line, and he doesn't appear to suggest that that is toothless.

So what, in Shaw's view or anyone else's, is wrong with 2...Nf6 3.Nf3?
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