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Scotch Gambit sideline trouble

  • #1

    I'm having trouble with this particular line in the Scotch Gambit, and I'm pretty sure that white gets a clear advantage, but I can't seem to figure it out.


  • #2

    I am not sure if white actually has a big advantage here. Perhaps the best try would be Bg5 (with the idea: 7. Bg5 Bxc3 8. Ke2 Bxa1 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. e5). Where white might have some small advantage due to his lead in development. 

  • #3

    How about just 0-0?  If ...bxc3; bg5 sucks.  You get a kind of Evan's Gambit position out of this, so once again, I'm recommending looking at Morphy's games to get an idea of how to play these lines.  He played a bunch of SG's during his blindfold days, but he treated them similar to his EG appraoch.  Have fun--they are great games to look at.

  • #4

    yeah, already played this from both sides, black is (still) completely ok. thinking that you have an advantage might lead you to get the wrong ideas about the position.

    i personally like O-O when white gets a big initiative after Bxc3 Bxf7 (Kxf7 Qb3+, Qxf7 Nxc3), or Ba5 e5... though black is fine after Be7, but white has good compensation.


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