Plaskett: The Scandinavian Defence

Plaskett: The Scandinavian Defence
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Plaskett: The Scandinavian Defence




The Scandinavian Defence, previously thought to be a rather primitive and sub-standard response to 1 e4, has now emerged from the doldrums and been employed with success by some of the worlds strongest Grandmasters, including Bent Larsen, Curt Hansen, Ian Rogers, Alexei Shirov and Vishy Anand.

The traditional form of the opening is 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5, with a subsequent deployment of Blacks Queens bishop at f5 or g4, and indeed the current theoretical status of this line remains good. However, in recent years many alternative schemes have been tried. There has, for example, been a marked increase in the popularity of 3…Qd6!?, in conjunction with a swift …a6 and …b5, or …Bg4, …Nc6 and …0-0-0, and sometimes even an early foray by the Black queen into the White kingside – all of which offers a radically different middlegame from the stonewalling so frequently associated with the older type of Scandinavian middlegames. Recent play also suggests that 3…Qe5, cheekily dubbed The Patzer Variation, might also not be so naive.

Equally important are the latest lines arising from 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6, including the dangerous Icelandic Gambit and the aggressive Portuguese Variation which is currently at the cutting edge of chess theory.


About the Author


James Plaskett was British champion in 1990. He is the author of Playing to Win, The Grand Prix Attack, The Sicilian Taimanov, The English Defence and Can You Be a Tactical Chess Genius? He lives in Alicante, Spain with his wife, the poet and authoress Fiona Pitt-Kethley.


192 Seiten, kartoniert, Verlag Batsford 2004

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