The Scotch opening begins with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 (diagram, left).
In this video, the first of three on the Scotch, IM Robert Ris explores play after 3…exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5. This is one of Black’s main options, so it is important to know how to face this variation if you want to use the Scotch in your own games.
With 4…Bc5, a popular move, Black is playing a sound move, developing a piece with tempo by attacking the knight. How should White respond? 5.Be3 is one of the main lines, however, in this video, IM Ris recommends playing 5.Nb3. You’ll learn the pros and cons of this move in the video, as well as how to continue play and battle for the initiative.
Here’s the PGN, annotated in full by IM Robert Ris:
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