The Scotch with 4…Bb4+ and Minor Alternatives – IM Robert Ris (iChess Club)

Scotch opening

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.

If you missed part 1, click here to watch it, or click here for part 2.

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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