Learn the Scandinavian Defense in 15 Minutes [Chess Opening Crash Course]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents a chess openings crash course on the Scandinavian Defense, which arises after the opening moves 1.e4 d5. It is particularly popular at the amateur level and proves to be a dangerous opening below the 2000 ELO level.

After watching this video, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the Scandinavian Defense. GM Smirnov explains common ideas for both White and Black, detailing typical plans move by move.

Additionally, you will learn the most common responses from White, including the mainline, the classical variation, the modern variation, and other sidelines such as the Tennison Gambit.

► Chapters

00:00 Scandinavian Defense: Chess Openings Crash Course
00:15 Why is Scandinavian Defense better than 1…e5?
02:38 White’s options after 1…d5
04:10 Sideline 2.Nf3, Tennison Gambit
05:19 1) If White plays 2.e5
07:48 If you can’t capture the e5-pawn
08:37 2) If White plays 2.exd5 (Mainline)
10:04 Scandinavian Defense for White
10:45 3…Qa5, Classical Line (simple opening setup for Black)
13:20 2…Nf6, Modern Variation
14:49 White plays 3.c4 to defend d5, Icelandic-Palme Gambit

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  1. Thank you for the video! I’ll have to study this for a while:) I wonder, is there a similar “good for beginners” opening against 1. d4?

  2. Love this format! Scotch gambit and Bishops Opening please

  3. Thanks for this. I've watched quite a few of your videos and always find them very worthwhile.

    I would like to ask if maybe you would consider doing another Scandi video or two in a little greater depth. I've been playing it a lot for a couple of years (I'm around 1600-1700 on lichess). I used to play the early c6 line as you show, but I found that as opponents got better, I ran into more trouble with it. Now I generally play Nf6 and delay c6, sometimes never playing it. Anyway, maybe you could address that in a future video as in most lines, the discoveries are not all that dangerous.

  4. Why wouldn’t white threaten Bg4 with h3?

  5. I always lose when my opponent start with this opening.😂😢

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