The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

Learn the key plans for both sides in the Scotch Mieses middlegame!

Learn the Scotch Opening, a favorite of World Champions like Kasparov and Carlsen! IM Danny Rensch has played the Scotch his whole chess career and demonstrates the ins and outs of the critical Meises variation. Learn how to handle the unique middlegame structures and tactics that will give you an edge against your less prepared opponents!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn all of the key variations in the Scotch Meises Opening!
  • Learn how to handle opening surprises!
  • Learn how to play the Scotch like former Scholastic National Champion and everyone’s favorite IM, Danny Rensch!
The "Major Decision" in the Mieses

The "Major Decision" in the Mieses

We will take a direct look at Black's major decision, whether or not to try the murky middlegame positions, or simply go for the massive trade on e5 and play out the theoretically equal but difficult Mieses Ending. Theory says that the ending offers little risk for Black, and our conclusions from our Mieses ending course tend to agree. You'll want to be ready for the middlegame as well. Good Luck...
6 Challenges
Main Line 8...Ba6 Theory Continued...

Main Line 8...Ba6 Theory Continued...

After seeing a good example of Black's ability to apply and maintain pressure in our first lesson, it is now time to shift our line of thinking to White's side.
6 Challenges
8...Nb6 Mieses Theory and Middlegame Tactics

8...Nb6 Mieses Theory and Middlegame Tactics

The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize you with the difference between the 8...Nb6 Mieses Theory and the 8...Ba6 lines we have already looked at. Please note that the opening statements and descriptions are very detailed. We will also display some of black's tactical problems if/when the opponent doesn't develop accurately.
5 Challenges
8...Nb6 Mieses - Technique and Conversion

8...Nb6 Mieses - Technique and Conversion

We left off in Lesson #3 having achieved the potential for a great Endgame; however, potential means nothing without accurate technique and focus on converting your advantage. Our lesson leads off with three critical positions where accurate calculation is required in order to achieve a clearly better position.
6 Challenges
Mieses Sidelines #1 - 8...Qb4+

Mieses Sidelines #1 - 8...Qb4+

I would like to draw everyone's attention to one of, if not the most, important positional advantage White obtains in the Scotch Game: The King-side pawn majority and potential to attack via the f4-f5 pawn storm.
8 Challenges
Mieses Sidelines - 8...Ba6 with 9...Qh4 Part 1

Mieses Sidelines - 8...Ba6 with 9...Qh4 Part 1

This particular Mieses Sideline is one of the sharpest variations in all of the Scotch Game opening. Black immediately exposes White's awkward pieces, but in order to actually achieve something Bblack must take a few big risks: Misplaced (almost trapped) queen; behind in development; and a weak king. White however, has sacrificed some material in order to reach this mysterious position with all of these above mentioned features. Enjoy this extremely tactical lesson (two lessons actually)...
5 Challenges
Mieses Sidelines  - 8...Ba6 with 9...Qh4 Part 2

Mieses Sidelines - 8...Ba6 with 9...Qh4 Part 2

Black has just played 14...f5. This is one of black's most recent tries in a sideline that's current evaluation is "fun, but very risky and probably bad for black". The idea behind this move is to quickly open the f-file and bail out the queen on h1. However, it is a sacrifice of the knight on d5. Let's continue....
5 Challenges
Mieses Sidelines - 6...Ne4

Mieses Sidelines - 6...Ne4

For our final lesson in the Mieses Variation we will examine a sideline. I have faced it twice against two 2600+ FIDE opponents. GM Suat Atalik and GM Vitaly Golod.
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The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

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Released May 17, 2019
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