Mastery: Openings

Learn to Play the Scotch Game

Learn to Play the Scotch Game

Learn to play the Scotch Like a Grandmaster!

Learn the Scotch Opening, a favorite of World Champions like Kasparov and Carlsen! GM Alex Delchev has played the Scotch for years and demonstrates the ins and outs of each key variation. Start playing the Scotch today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn how to handle the unique tactics that will give you great attacking chances, even against well-prepared opponents!
  • Learn the key tactics, many of which will catch your opponents by surprise!
  • Learn how to judge positions in the complicated Mieses Variation! 
  • Learn a complete refutation of the greedy Qh4 variation!
  • Learn from the instructive play of great players like Carlsen and Caruana!

"Great video! Thank you. A lot of books/videos don't cover these variations, but I play them quite a bit in club play." - Chess.com member JuuuergenX

"Kudos to GM Delchev! This video series on the Scotch is really very cool, even though it wasn't an opening that I ever played, I feel now like giving it a try, after being introduced to the main ideas and tactics." - NM and chess.com member claudioa

  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Introduction

    The Scotch is a fun and solid way to open a chess game. Learn the basics of this king's pawn opening in this first lesson, including the main ideas for both White and Black.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Classic Variation

    If you want to play the Scotch, you need to know the main lines that come up in the opening. In this lesson, learn the classic variation of this solid king's pawn opening, and find out what to do when Black plays the best-possible reply.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Mieses Variation

    When playing the Scotch, what should you do when Black plays Nf6, like Karpov, Kramnik and Aronian? Learn how to handle this solid positional setup in this lesson.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Qh4 Refuted

    When playing the Scotch, you may be troubled by an aggressive-looking Black reply, the early Qh4. This move, though, can be completely refuted. Find out how in this video.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Opening Traps

    The Scotch is an opening full of traps on both sides of the board, and if you play it you need to know how to spot them. In this lesson, learn how the game can end quickly if you're not careful.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Grandmaster Preparation

    Now that you've had a chance to go over the basics of the Scotch game, get ready to learn the advanced ideas of Grandmaster preparation in this rich opening.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch: Instructive Games, Carlsen vs Leko

    Want to learn how to play the Scotch game? Check out this instructive game from a young Magnus Carlsen, who used the opening to demolish the great Peter Leko.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch: Instructive Games, Caruana vs Bacrot

    The Scotch is an opening prized by beginners and intermediate players for its straightforward nature, but it's serious enough to be used by the best Grandmasters on earth. Watch how Caruana uses the opening to win a nice game against Etienne Bacrot

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn To Play The Scotch Game: Rare Variations

    If you've followed our comprehensive lessons on the Scotch Game, you know the basics of the opening, key ideas and even some instructive games. Now it's time to learn the rare variations, including Bb4+.

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
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