Never Lose To The Scandinavian Again

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1. e4 (1. d4 d5 2. e4) 1… d5 2. d4 (2. Nf3 dxe4 3. Ne5 (3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 exd3 5. Bxd3 h6 (5… Nc6 6. O-O h6 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Bxg6 fxg6 11. Qe2))) (2. exd5 Qxd5) 2… dxe4 (2… e6) 3. Nc3 Nf6 (3… f5 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Nf6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Bd6 8. Ng5 O-O (8… Qe7 9. Re1 O-O 10. Nxe6 Bxe6 11. Rxe6 Qd7 12. Rxd6+) 9. Bxe6+ Bxe6 10. Nxe6) 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Bg4 (5… e6 6. Bd3 Be7 (6… Bb4 7. O-O Bxc3 8. bxc3 O-O 9. Qe1 Nc6 10. Qh4 b6 (10… h6 11. Bxh6 gxh6 12. Qxh6) (10… g6 11. Bg5) 11. Bg5) 7. O-O O-O 8. Qe1 b6 9. Qh4 Bb7 10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Bxh7+) 6. h3 Bxf3 (6… Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 e6 (8… Nbd7 9. Qe2 Nxe5 10. dxe5 Nd5 11. Qb5+ c6 12. Qxb7 Rc8 13. Nxd5 cxd5) 9. Bg2 c6 10. h4 h6 (10… h5 11. Nxg6 fxg6 12. g5 Ng4 13. Be4 Kf7 14. Rf1+ Kg8 15. Bxg6 Nd7 16. Bf7+ Kh7 17. g6#) 11. Nxg6 fxg6 12. Qd3 Kf7 13. Rf1 Kg8 14. g5 hxg5 15. hxg5 Nd5 16. Qxg6 Qe7 17. Bd2) 7. Qxf3 c6 8. Be3 e6 9. Bd3 Bb4 (9… Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Rf2 Nbd7 12. Raf1 Nd5 13. Qe4 g6 14. Bh6) 10. O-O O-O 11. Rf2 Nbd7 12. Raf1 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Nd5 14. Qe4 N7f6 15. Rxf6 Nxf6 16. Rxf6 g6 17. Qh4 Qd5 18. Bf4 c5 19. Be5 cxd4 20. cxd4 Rad8 21. Rf2 f5

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  1. Nelson, from one educator to another, I admire your approach, style, tone, and thoroughness. I have been teaching for over 20 years in NYC public schools. Currently teaching 4th grade (including the school’s Chess Club), and I want you to know that you’re a natural born teacher. Thank you for your amazing videos – tutorials, ratings climbs, hints and tips. Keep up the amazing work!!

  2. I swear those guys in the thumbnails are AI generated

  3. Hi.. confused in the first game you say they have weaknesses from moving pawn f7 but when white does it,you said it will be good? Surely that works both ways?

  4. Loved this video. My new favorite Chess channel for sure.

  5. noooooooooooooooooooooooo this is my opening

  6. Play bot Tetris chess pick a four square as a line it is you can go to the rank that you put in there 5 line you can put in check mate it not do anything To win you have to use all 5 line and you have to finished the fist line with your army so you can go to the next one good game

  7. ive been loving the Scandinavian, watching to counter the counter

  8. "They're more familiar with it"
    Me who plays the Scandi: 🗿

  9. Can you make a video on how to defend or prevent this with the black, I like to play the scandinavian

  10. I love playing the Scandi (though I play the Cow a lot now) so I will be watching this intensely to see how to mess you guys up.

  11. nothing irritates a scandanavian player more than when you switch to being the attacker

  12. I usually have a funny transposition in my games. Scandi => blackmar diemer => caro kann => fantasy variation

  13. TIL the early queen pawn capture and retreat his a whole name.

  14. i posted a video play the opening. THANK YOU very helpfull

  15. Really really awesome and understandable video. More of these Nelson! 😁

  16. I like to play Knight F3 against the Skandinavian, there is a nice Queen/Checkmate trap if they take the pon. If anyone is looking to get Brilliant moves, it's a great line too as you may get two consecutive Brilliant moves. I can share some PGN's of such games if you want.

  17. Interesting lines to face an annoying defense by black

  18. It's interesting; the line after Qe1 for two moves in a row there is only one good move for black on the computer. Black needs to Nc6 – Nb4 (that is why Bb4 is a bad move and Bxc3 makes it even worse) to attack the d3 bishop, just in time to stop the d3 bishop – Qh4 line up.
    Now this can become slightly bad for white because the bishop is "trapped" and always going to get traded, kinda similar to how Na5 stops the fried liver attack because the bishop cannot escape the trade. If Be2 to escape not only does white's attack get neutralized black would Nxc2 to win another pawn and gain tempo by attacking the rook.

  19. Sacrifice the two bishops for a rook doesn’t seem a good tactic for me.

  20. I don't know about you, but 10 min. in and I'm saturated with info.

  21. my favourite part is when bobby popped up lol

  22. How about the Budapest for White with 2. Nf3?

  23. Stockfish calls 2. c4 a blunder, but its works

  24. Problem is black won’t play on castle to kings side. If you are a Scandinavian player you will castle on queens side most of the time and probably leave the pond for trade and not even pay attention to move it toward white cause all you need is the center.

  25. 1. e4 d5 2. d4 dxe4 3. Nc3 f5 4. f3 e5 5. fxe4 exd4 6. Nd5 c6 7. Nf4 Bb4+ 8. Bd2 Bxd2+ 9. Qxd2 fxe4 10. O-O-O c5 11. Bc4 Nc6
    1. e4 d5 2. d4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 Bf5 5. fxe4 Nxe4 6. Nxe4 Bxe4 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. c3 Qd5 9. Be2 e5 10. O-O exd4 11. cxd4 O-O-O 12. Be3 Kb8 13. b3 f6 14. Bc4 Qh5 15. Ne5 Qxd1 16. Nxc6+ Bxc6 17. Raxd1

  26. actually bishop f5 is the best move and I won so many games with black😂😂

  27. I used to play Blackmar Diemer through the standard d4, d5, e4 opening a lot in my old chess club, so when I transitioned back to kings pawn openings a few years back, BDG remained in my back pocket as my go to option that I've used vs. the Scandinavian for all of that time.

  28. I will do the random moves. And put my opponent out of their zone.

  29. This is one of the best chess videos I've ever seen! Thanks Nelson!

  30. When bishoop takes pinned f3 knight and we take back with the queen, what to do if queen takes d4?

    If we go queen b7 takes pawn and traps rook, then the black queen is already pretty close to our king

    My visualisation while typing is not that great, maybe it's simple, we block checks with pieces, we kick out the queen from our territory

  31. Really enjoyed this excellent guide to the Scandinavian. You covered nearly all the main lines, with easy to remember attacks. I will definitely try your solutions !

  32. Qxf3 is cool too, there’s a trap there if you want to study it:)

  33. Is this for like 1400 rating? Will it work for like 1800 players?

  34. Somehow I don't like the aggressive language. "It's annoying", we're gonna "crush them"", "destroy"… Is that how you think of your opponents? Of course not. But the intro to this video sounds like it. I"m sure it's not intentional. But you should be careful when you switch between talking about the game and talking about the opponent.

  35. The Double Rook Sacrifice was stunning!!! Thanks for the tip. I never would have dreamed it.

  36. What do you do if they play Bf5 instead of pawn f5?

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