The Smooth Scandinavian Defence with 3…Qd8 – IM Robert Ris

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IM Robert Ris
International Master Robert Ris

Are you looking for a simple, easy-to-learn repertoire against 1.e4? Then the Smooth Scandinavian Defence with 3…Qd8 is yours! After 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 the retreat 3…Qd8 leads to a very solid type position for Black. At the expense of two tempi, the pawn structure has been defined, and hence a clear developing plan can be made for our minor pieces. The first goal is to get the light-squared bishop out to g4, then placing the pawns on c6 and e6. Now Black has a rock-solid setup and good chances to build up pressure against White’s pawn on d4 and/or use the d5-square as an outpost for any of their pieces.

This video course offers you a complete Black repertoire with 1.e4 d5. Covering all the critical attempts for White to punish Black’s provocative approach, as well as all the relevant minor options on move 2 and 3 for White. The emphasis is on understanding the ensuing middlegames and endgames. In the interactive part (20 exercises with multiple questions) you’ll get a chance to apply some concrete theoretical knowledge, as well as test your understanding of typical positions arising from the Smooth Scandinavian Defence. After studying all the material, you will likely get a position that you are more familiar with than your opponent!

• Video running time: 7 hours (English)

• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels



  1. Introduction The Smooth Scandinavian Defense with 3...Qd8
  2. 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 a6
  3. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 a6
  4. Pawn on a4
  5. Allowing b7-b5
  6. 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4
  7. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4
  8. Introduction
  9. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Qd3
  10. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.0-0-0 Bb4
  11. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.0-0-0 Bb4 – c4 plans
  12. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9th move alternatives with 0-0-0
  13. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9th move alternatives with 0-0
  14. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Ne2
  15. 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Bf4 & 8.g4
  16. 4th move Sidelines
  17. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8
  18. 4.Bc4 delaying d2-d4
  19. 4.g3
  20. 3.Nf3 & Sidelines
  21. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5
  22. 3.Nf3 – Introduction
  23. 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 0-0-0 6.Be3
  24. 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 0-0-0 6.c4
  25. 3rd move alternatives
  26. 2nd move alternatives
  27. Outro
  28. Exercises 01-10
  29. Description
  30. Exercise 1
  31. Exercise 2
  32. Exercise 3
  33. Exercise 4
  34. Exercise 5
  35. Exercise 6
  36. Exercise 7
  37. Exercise 8
  38. Exercise 9
  39. Exercise 10
  40. Exercises 11-20
  41. Exercise 11
  42. Exercise 12
  43. Exercise 13
  44. Exercise 14
  45. Exercise 15
  46. Exercise 16
  47. Exercise 17
  48. Exercise 18
  49. Exercise 19
  50. Exercise 20

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