The Scotch Game – Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz teaches the Scotch Game, an underestimated opening that releases tension in the center early. Besides two notable games, the Goering gambit and the Dubois-Reti defence are also covered.

Magnus Carlsen vs Peter Leko, Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009): C45 Scotch game
Garry Kasparov vs Etienne Bacrot, Sarajevo (2000): C45 Scotch, Mieses variation


  1. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Bc4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 { C56 Italian Game: Scotch Gambit, Anderssen Attack } Qh5 9. Nxe4 Be6 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bf6 Bb4 12. Bxg7 Rg8 13. Nf6+ Kd8 14. Nxh5 Bxe1 15. Nxe1 Kd7 16. Nf6+ Kc8 17. Nxg8 Kd7 18. Nxh6 Re8 19. b4 Kc8 20. b5 Nb4 21. Qxd4 Nd5 22. Nf3 Kb8 23. h3 Rd8 24. c4 Kc8 25. cxd5 Rxd5 26. Qxa7 Kd7 27. Qxb7 Rh5 28. Rd1+ Ke8 29. Qc6+ Ke7 30. Ng8# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  2. too much jabbering, just show me the lines please

  3. this truely is a great educational video on the scotch as it goes into a lot of opening and middlegame ideas instead of just focusing heavily on theory.

  4. Can you suggest me a good book for opening oriented planning and development of chess games

  5. Honestly, this kind of course is useless. You seem very nice and knowledgeable, but I believe this doesn’t help many of us. It’s super nice to analyse a bit top games, but what most of us want is to see the refutations. Why in this position, he chose to defend this piece. Just in the first 6 moves, black could have gone many different variations that are definitely worse for black, but that are hard to see over the board because they Include a lot of traps and tactics.If we just wanted to see the engine moves, we’d do it ourselves. In a real game under 2400 Elo, you don’t reach even half of that main line.

  6. Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit, Haxo Gambit, 5.O-O d61. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 Bg4 7. c3 dxc3 8.Nxc3 Nf6 9. e5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 Bxd1 11. Nc6+ Be2 12. Rxe2+ Qe7 13. Rxe7+ Kf8 14.Rxf7+ Ke8 15. Re7+ Kf8 16. Bh6 gxh6 17. Rf7+ Ke8 18. Re1+ 1-0

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