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mordred 68 ( +1 | -1 )
Scandinavian opening (1. e4, d5) Hi, question..

I used with black this opening yesterday but I rarely play this opening in a official match.

I did though.. but without success, it costed me to much time to find the good moves after I had a good position.

Can someone tell me the main idea's and strategies of this variant ?

1. e4, d5
2. exd5, Nf6
3. c4, c6 (gambit)

It continued as follows but I'm not sure if I played it correctly.. some pointers would be welcome..

4. dxc6, Nxc6
5. Nf3, Bg4
6. Be2, e5
7. Kc3, Bc5
8. 0-0, 0-0
9. d3, h6
10. a3, Bf5
11. b5, Bd4
12. Bb2, e4 (wich was a terrible mistake after NxBd4)

I lost the match eventually.. but I would like to know what black's strategy should be somewhere before/from the 12th move...

Any tips would be welcome..
caldazar 34 ( +1 | -1 )
Your general idea looks right, but the execution looks too slow.

Instead of 5... Bg4, 5... e5 immediately, threatening to drive the knight back to g1. Then, 6. d3 (6. Nc3 Bc5 7. d3 leads to something similar to the game, except you now you can play the bishop to either e6 or f5 without a loss of time; 7... Ng4 looks interesting) e4 7. dxe4 Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1 with play for the pawn.
mordred 72 ( +1 | -1 )
waaw.. that is what I call advice..

Thx... now it strikes me as evident that I should play e5 before Bg4.. still I didn't do it back then, maybe cause the opening was to new to me or I just played that move to quick, nevertheless it is an opening that I like..

The variant that you give is very interesting and I will study on it.. I don't want to lose a match again just because I am unprepared in an opening.

Just as a note.. having the right idea but to slow an exceution is kinda my biggest problem to fight I guess... will only get there if I would really work on it I guess, if that's possible.

thx again for the advice.. other variants or good references on this opening are very welcome :-)
premium_steve 35 ( +1 | -1 )
i think u should be prepared for d4 on the fourth move in that variation, if you aren't already. i have had some weird opinions on this move from stronger players. one who said this move practically wins for white, and another who said the isolated d-pawn for white becomes too much of a burden.... so other things should be played instead
caldazar 53 ( +1 | -1 )
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. d4 cxd5 5. Nc3 is just the Panov Attack from the Caro-Kann, normally reached by 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3. Here, White has attacking chances in the middlegame and Black's winning chances lie mostly in the endgame, due to White's isolated d-pawn; the position is roughly balanced and both sides have their winning chances. Since accepting the c-pawn with 4. dxc6 is considered by some to be slightly better for Black, transposing back into the Panov Caro-Kann tends to be a favored option.
atrifix 50 ( +1 | -1 )
4. dxc6 gives Black an advantage; White should just transpose to the Panov-Botvinnik Attack with 4. d4, so most people refrain from 4. dxc6 altogether. If you want to try a real gambit, look at the Icelandic gambit with 3... e6!?. Then 4. d4 transposes to a relatively tame variation of the French Exchange, so most people will accept with 4. dxe6, which leads to highly complicated and interesting play. Of course, you may just prefer a safer position with 3... c6.
jemfinch 11 ( +1 | -1 )
I love playing black against 3.c4 in the
Scandinavian. But I don't play 3. ... c6, I
play 3. ... e6.

Any comments on that variation?