Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4

The Scotch variation of the Four Knights involves the move 4.d4 after the development of the knights. This line is generally considered a bit of a drawing weapon today.


  • Safe
  • Sound


  • Drawish
  • Easy for Black to play

Famous Practitioners: Rudolf Spielmann


Learn The Scotch Game

If White wants to imbalance the game after 1.e4 e5, the Scotch Game is an excellent idea. White takes over the center, but Black can often gain a lead in development. Learn the key ideas for both sides.
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