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 exd4 4. Bc4 { C44 Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit } Nge7 5. O-O d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Ng5 Be6 8. Re1 Qd6 9. Nxf7 Kxf7 10. Qf3+ Kg8 11. Rxe6 Qxe6 12. Qxd5 Qxd5 13. Bxd5# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  2. why does the intro music sound like the hardest grim beat never used

  3. 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

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

  5. I love ‘the ‘ scotch too but find it difficult to play serious and sober when using the scotch. I tend to get so pissed get checkmated instantly!

  6. Anybody ever try the absolutely ridiculous Nakhmasson gambit?

  7. Was en passant playable in the game which would be discovered check

  8. Thanks for the masterpiece. Yet missed one amazing trap in the Scotch with the knight jumping to g5 and sacrificing itself on f7

  9. 18:00 Isnt that just the loss of a knight and bishop for a rook, mostly concidered a bad trade? Stockfish just says position is 0,0 after this exchange. Engine seems to like Nd2 first better.

  10. Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 h6 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 Ne5 7. Be2 c5 8. c3
    Nxf3+ 9. Bxf3 Qf6 10. cxd4 Qxd4 11. Qc2 Be6 12. Bd2 Nf6 13. Bc3 Qc4 14. Be2 Qxe4
    15. Bb5+ Qc6 16. Bxc6+ bxc6 17. Qa4 Kd7 18. Qa6 Be7 19. Qb7+ 1-0

  11. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 d5 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Nxe5 Qe7 6. O-O Be6 7. Re1 Qd6 8.
    Nxf7 Kxf7 9. Qf3+ Kg8 10. Rxe6 Qxe6 11. Qxd5 Qxd5 12. Bxd5# 1-0

  12. The scotch is my favorite for white! Nirkowitz defence for black!

  13. Tidak masuk akal ihh… Huhu.. Gak punya subscriber Ya!!

  14. 35:45 I might be wront but is taking "a passant" not an amazing move here. It gets a discovered attack on the king and if you defend with the horse the pawn takes it. If you block with the bishop you take thr horse with the other pawn.

  15. I love how he gets less and less nervous as he talks ❤

  16. Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit, Haxo Gambit, 5.O-O d6
    1. 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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

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