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B01 Scandinavian Defense 1.e4 d5 2.ed5 Nf6 3.Bb5+

B01 Scandinavian Defense 1.e4 d5 2.ed5 Nf6 3.Bb5+

Jun 22, 2011, 3:41 AM 1
The Center Counter Defense (aka Scandinavian Defense) is a straightforward plan that is easy to learn and play. 1...d5 contests the center and removes the White KP from play, ensuring that Black will not have great troubles ahead (? not in my experience - NR). The downside is that Black loses time when capturing on d5...The defense is often used by GMs on an occasional basis, as it is most effective when White is not prepared with a well considered plan. Australia's Ian Rogers is willing to use the defense regularly though. SOURCE: MCO-15 p 378

Rogers was the first Australian to become a Chess Grandmaster, a title he achieved in 1985 after becoming an International Master in 1980. He was Australia's highest rated player for over twenty years, and represented Australia at fourteen chess olympiads (twelve of them on first board).

Rogers won more than a hundred tournaments including fifteen round-robin Grandmaster tournaments. He won the Australian Chess Championship four times - in 1980, 1986, 1998, and 2006. Among his career highlights are three consecutive victories from 1988 to 1990 in the grandmaster tournament in Groningen (outright by a clear point in 1988 and 1989, and jointly in 1990).

Rogers' peak international ranking was 50th in the world in 1999, and he was the highest ranked Australian player from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. According to the unofficial Chessmetrics (which ignores most open and Australian tournaments), in January 1992 Rogers' play was equivalent to a rating of 2648. His best single performance was at Groningen, 1989 where he scored 6.5/9 against 2588-rated opposition (for a performance rating of 2683), a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand.  (He retired from chess in 2007 for health reasons - NR)  His best known one-liner may be this one:

"Two pawns on the sixth beat everything up to a royal flush"

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Rogers_%28chess_player%29

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