The Scotch opening begins with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 (diagram, left).
In this video, the third in a series on the Scotch, IM Robert Ris explores play after 4…Bb4+, as well as minor alternatives that Black may attempt.
4..Bb4+ is one of the more reliable options for Black (apart from the main moves 4..Nf6 and 4..Bc5, as seen in previous videos), and intends to either provoke a trade after 5.Nc3 of 5.Bb2, which suits Black just fine, or to induce the move c3.
Be sure to watch the video for a full analysis, and go through this PGN, with detailed annotations from IM Robert Ris:
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