The Scotch Gambit

Coach Steve and Coach Chris had a great time working with players on this Opening Gambit at the Georgia Team Championships in March.

[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.04.02"] [Round "?"] [White "Scotch Gambit, Opening Trap"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C45"] [Annotator "Schneider,Steve"] [PlyCount "17"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [SourceDate "2017.04.02"] {Let's look at the opening moves of the Scotch to see how White gets a development advantage.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 {[#] Here White has 2 Pawns on the 4th Rank and has both Bishops open.} exd4 {The main line in the Scotch is 4. Nxd4. But, what we want to look at is the Scotch Gambit. Instead of capturing the d-Pawn, White develops the Bishop to c4. So, we'll start with 4. Bc4.} 4. Bc4 {[#]} Bc5 {[#] Black accepts the Gambit and is a Pawn up.} 5. Ng5 Nh6 {The attack seems flawed, as there are 2 attackers and 2 defenders, but on Move 8 Qh5, White not only brings in another attacker, but the Queen also attacks the undefended black Bishop.} 6. Nxf7 Nxf7 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7 8. Qh5+ { [#]The Queen Forks the King and Bishop.} Kg8 9. Qxc5 {[#]Let's evaluate the position: Pawns and Pieces are even, but White can castle and Black cannot. White's Bishop is free to come out into the game, Black's is not. So, White has a small advantage. Many players were playing this for White at Georgia's recent State Championships. For more details on this line, Championship Chess members can click into the Family area and check out Games.} * * *


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