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The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

Learn the important Mieses Endgame! Review this course as many times as you need to in order to ensure that you can make that great claim! Good Luck...

  • 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...

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  • 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. From a practical perspective, White's plan is simple: Catch up in development; defend the e5-pawn; and you will be much better with more space and a better pawn structure. However, Black never makes it that easy. Even after White has seemingly "caught up" Black's ability to apply tactical pressure is still strong so you need to pay attention.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. This is important to understand, not only for this particular lesson, but for your overall understanding of "exactly what White is aiming for" in the Scotch. One of the main points of mentioning it now is that we are making our transition from "Main Line Theory" to "Sideline Theory". Generally, it can be said that "sidelines are sidelines for a reason"; furthermore, if you have a solid understanding of what your concrete positional advantage/plan is, then when your opponent varies with weird sidelines, such as the one covered here, you will feel confident in your ability to take care of business... Good luck!

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  • 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)...

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

    One note, quickly, on the previous position that we left off on: Instead of 14...f5!?, black also has the option of castling King-side. White will obtain an advantage after 15.Kc2 f6 16.e6! dxe6 17.Bh3 Rfe8 18.Nf3 e5 19.Bb2 and white is winning. OK, moving on. 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....

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  • Mieses Sidelines - 6...Ne4

    For our final lesson in the Mieses Variation (yes, we are almost done with this particular line) we will be reviewing a sideline that, although doesn't have much popularity, is definitely worth noting. I have faced it twice against two 2600+ FIDE opponents. GM Suat Atalik and GM Vitaly Golod have employed this variation against me, and because of those games, I have spent a decent amount of time trying to discover exactly what the best way is for white to secure a slight edge out of the opening. Here we go...

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