How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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Two "comprehensive recommendations" for the price of one! GM Kaidanov wastes no time in today's video lecture, providing solid recommendations for white against the Alekhine's and Scandinavian (including sidelines of 1...d5 as well). As usual, he is not providing in depth theoretical reviews, but rather continuing his mission to help all Intermediate to Advanced tournament players make solid choices and avoid the labor of long variations at the same time! | Watch video
Coming out ahead in Vegas isn't easy, no matter what game you're playing! As GM Khachiyan explains, Vegas hadn't been the luckiest location for him during his professional chess career, but that didn't stop him from going for the kill in the critical round 6 against GM Slavko Cicak! After his opponent plays a slightly dubious mix between a Scandinavian and the Caro Kann, Melik strikes with f4 and never looks back! What happened in Vegas is here for all of Chess.com to see! | Watch video
This weekend we bring our study of the Main Line Scandinavian Defense to a close, with GM Perelshteyn leading the way. Here we discuss two interesting alternatives to the main lines with 4.Bc4 and 5.d3 first, followed by the 4.g3 Fianchetto Variation. Remember not to capture the b4 pawn, and enjoy Eugene's summary of every you learned in this video series. | Watch video
Learning a new opening is about more than just the "main line theory". You must understand the position from a general sense, as well as all the critical side lines. That's where GM Eugene Perelshteyn comes in! Take a look into white's early Ne5 options with Eugene, and note black's, on occasion, slightly "UN-orthodoxed" approach. Enjoy! | Watch video