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. he does not even try to follow
    and what is more he must spend some time giving hints to structralize our gambit openings perfectly but nothing

  2. Check with knight forking king and rook. Then take bishop. Riok is now attacking queen.

  3. can i be so bold as to ask for an in depth look into the Catalan?…please

  4. Can someone tell me what software they are using in these videos from sant louis chess club please?

  5. At 22:53 does bishop e4 kicking the queen and then bishop d4 trapping the queen and the only way out is to block with th knight and then you take on e5 with pawn not win a piece

  6. I don't know if you will see this but, could you do a video on Rut Lopez Norwegian variation nightingale gambit

  7. 35.46 the move f5 is horrible isn't it? after a en passant checking move exf5+ black knight is traped

  8. To anyone asking about the en passant move at 35:42:
    if exf6+ Kf7 (Black is now threatening to play Re8 next, putting white's queen in an absolute pin). After Qd3 (avoiding the pin), Re8+, and Kd1 black could then capture Nf6, but an even better move is Ne3+! with the idea of playing d5 (taking advantage of the bishop on a6 pinning the c4 pawn to the queen) and suffocating white on the queenside. There is another variation where instead of playing d5 black plays Bc8 but it is less intuitive (still worth looking into) either way black's idea is the same, take advantage of white's poorly placed king.

  9. A time traveling chess player told me that the Scotch is the strongest reply to 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6. However, neither humans nor computer have figured this out yet. It will take another 25 year before this is discovered.

  10. enjoy
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bd3 Bc5 5.O-O h6 {3} 6. Re1 d6 7. e5 Nge7 8. Bf4 O-O 9. Bxh6 gxh6 10. e6 fxe6 11. Re4 Rf6 12. Rg4+ Kh8 13.Nbd2 e5
    14. Ne4 Rxf3 15. Qxf3 Bxg4 16. Qf6+ Kg8 17. Qxh6 Nf5 18. Qg6+ Kf8 19. Ng5 Qd7 20. Nh7+ Ke7 21. Qf6+ Ke8 22. Qf8# Mate 1-0

  11. This was wonderful. Thank you for posting. Would love to see a video on the Queen's gambit and the related Albin Counter gambit.

  12. When you said "they mostly don't know what to do" that's so true! I intend to make it my main opening for awhile since it seems solid and has some life. Also gluttonously it's my word of the day

    thank you !

  14. 35:45 after pawn e5 why kasparov didnt take it en passant + check?

  15. Someone give this man a smaller jacket…

  16. 6. Nb5 is actually a very interesting line "Blumenfeld Attack", if your oponent doesn't know theory he can say byebye. I actually beat an IM thanks to that 🙂

  17. pls do the wade variation of french defence

  18. pls do the wade variation of french defence

  19. pls do the wade variation of french defence

  20. pls do the wade variation of french defence

  21. "Some people don't like losing positions." Oh really?

  22. thanks i been playing the scotch a lot. this gives me a lot of ideas. great video .

  23. All these chess instructors are amazing. I've watched several hours of their videos but maybe they should switch to Vitamin Water (*Not an endorsement). They always seem very dehydrated lol.

  24. It's 2020 🙂 thank you for teaching a newbie how to play this opening :). Love your content. Keep it coming

  25. Scotch is one of my favorite opening for white 😁

  26. "Some people like to be better for a long time" such a Finegold-like comment

  27. What if black at 24:03 did Nh4, that would make for some interesting issues for white.

  28. Immediately destroyed by the legend, Moist Cr1tikal.

  29. Why would i use this if i can use the wooden sheild?

  30. You know that you're shouting, I assume?

  31. 6:50 can someone explain how the "white is having all the fun"?

  32. no word for this channel and gj chess

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