Scandinavian Defense: Modern Variation

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6

With the Modern variation of the Scandinavian Black prepares to recapture on d5 with the knight rather than the queen. This way a less-valuable piece will be on the exposed square in the center.


  • Black does not lose time with the queen (compared to 2...Qxd5)
  • Black has free play with his pieces


  • The knight moves twice to capture on d5
  • The knight can be chased by c2-c4
  • White gains space in the center

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