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Scotch Game Opening Discussion/Help

  • #1

     
    I usually play this opening when I can as white, it has been my typical start for a while as white. I have mixed feelings about its strength when played like the diagram above (which is surprisingly often). Most of the time I end up dominating the game from this position, but sometimes I can be caught out and end up reacting to threats whilst my opponent develops pieces. Is this a good opening? If it is, what are the best moves from here - if say the opponent plays Queen h4, or develops pawns to attack the queen and center: also, is it possible to force a mate from here???
  • #2

    You should be happy with this position as white. White has 2 units developed, the queen and the e4 pawn. All of blacks remaining pieces are still on their original squares. This gives you a lead in development.

  • #3
  • #4

     The diagram isn't showing. Can you try posting again?

  • #5

    Yes I thought so Wayne-Kenoff

  • #6

    No player who is rated otb won't play 4...Nxd4. main lines are: ...Bc5,...Nf6, ...Qf6 . I play ...Qh4 Otb. it wins a pawn by force and if white tries to defend, black is better.

  • #7

    It is a good start, I don't think a forced checkmate is possible from here. But overall a lot of good moves can be played starting from this position.

  • #8
    savagechess2k wrote:

    No player who is rated otb won't play 4...Nxd4. main lines are: ...Bc5,...Nf6, ...Qf6 . I play ...Qh4 Otb. it wins a pawn by force and if white tries to defend, black is better.

    4...Nxd4 has been played by titled players.

  • #9

    1.a4 has been played by World Champion. This does not make it playable.

  • #10

    4... Nxd4 isn't too good but also isn't as bad as it looks.

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