Scotch Game: Steinitz Variation

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qh4

This surprising queen move, advocated by Wilhelm Steinitz, forces the win of a pawn at a major cost of time. The further struggle will pit White's lead in development against Black's material advantage.


  • Black wins a pawn
  • Careful preparation and analysis can pay dividends
  • A variation which White is often not ready for


  • White gets a huge lead in development
  • Black will normally be playing pure defense
  • The black king can get in trouble

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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