The scoth gambit

Dec 1, 2009, 12:22 PM |

This is my first time that I'm studing a chess opening.
At first I thought I would have to know around 8 moves in a straight line, but after I started gathering information I was proven to be wrong. There are thousands of variations for every opening.

In this article I'll talk about the scotish gambit:

The main idea from any gambit is to get a better development than the oponent, at the price of some material.

At this point black have some possible moves like:
4. ... Bc5, with the idea to protect the pawn in d4
4. ... Nf6, giving up from the d4 pawn.

I'll try to focus on the first 8 moves.

[1] If Black plays 4. ... Bc,5 white have 2 main choices:
5. Ng5 - in this line white's attacks strongly, but if black defends well, they'll get a better game after the attack;
5. c3 - this line is recommended;
Against this line, black usually play one of the following moves:
5. ... Nf6 (transposes to a line of the Guioco Piano):

[2] 5. ... dxc3:
5. ... d3 (This move stops White building a pawn center with cxd4 and hinders the knight on b1):
5. ... Qe7?
More Variants [4]:
Else If black response to 4. Bc4 with 4. Nf6:
[3] Here are other variations for the 4. Nf6:
End if Laughing

Here's a match involving a scotch gambit:

In my point of view white will have to battle to develop his queenside


To learn some bases about studying openings.

[1] Great video with much information about the scotish gambit. -

[2] A Lazy PLayer's guide to the Scotch Gambit
Thanks to:
leziate and meniscuz for giving extra information about the opening