In recent years, a strange little move has become surprisingly popular in combating the famous Najdorf Defense of the Sicilian: 6.h3.
Personally, I have used this move since 2000, when I finally had to admit that it was more correct than the 6.R... | Read More
In part 1 of "The Scandinavian Defense: A History," we learned about the earliest beginnings of the Scandinavian Defense, and also saw some games with the slightly less usual 2...Nf6 in response to 2.exd5.
Now we will see how the Scandinavi... | Read More
The time has come to look at the history of perhaps the first chess opening: the Scandinavian Defense.
Also known as the Center-Counter, the Scandinavian Defense can be viewed as the most direct and forcing counter to 1.e4. The intrep... | Read More
The Professor began somewhat formally: “For those who are feeling a bit rambunctious, let’s bring up the topic of rules. Particularly, let’s talk about a rule that was changed in the last 150 years or so.”
“What rule is that?” Zeph... | Read More
The so-called Lasker variation of the Scandinavian Defense (a.k.a. Center Counter) arises after this sequence of moves:
I was not able to find one single game where the second world champion played the variation named after him. My guess is... | Read More