Avoiding Chess Opening Theory – G3 vs. The Scandinavian Defense

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  1. Could you discuss the Kopec System ( an interesting anti-Sicilian system )

  2. I was about to suggest the Kopek system as well :))

  3. This maybe a bit dubious but also would be good to see your thoughts on the Saragossa opening for white, 

  4. Hey, jrob, could you please remove the top and bottom spaces around the chess board? It's not ideal for small phone screens.

  5. loved the video man! ill definitely try this out sometime! I cant wait for more episodes

  6. I play Scandinavian vs pretty much every E4 game I play (albeit I don't play high level gamesl).  What I find works best is to take the attacking white pawn with the queen, but not to swing to the side after chased by the white knight.  Queen is too inneffective there and the queen's bishop pawn square is surprisingly vulnerable when the queen leaves her home roost.  Instead I return her home.  Seems counter intuitive and a waste of moves but the board dynamics are different and it is suprisingly difficult for white to gain the advantige from this position because of the missing center pawns. My defense could be thought of as an anti-anti-scandinavian defense and would easily get white out of book 🙂

    Vs the fianchotto (as seen from the video) I would push the bishop pawn by one to effectively shut that down. 

  7. Nice to see you back! I would recommend that you get rid of the side bars and maximize the board. Looking forward to more of your videos

  8. Awesome video jrobi! Would help me as I do not play too often, and have a hard time memorizing opening lines. It's been a long time since you made videos haha!

  9. Lines where Black is putting a pawn (not a knight) on c6 tend to neutralize White's Bg2.  …c6 is part of Black's normal scheme in the mainline anyway, because it allows Black's Q to come back home.  Lines with …Nc6 are today considered a bit old-fashioned and anti-positional.

    Other than that, there's certainly nothing wrong with this opening.

  10. Another enjoyable vid….i play the center counter as black quite often but dont remember seeing the g3 line…interesting

  11. Compared to the main line black can be very happy to get a small edge out of the scandinavian defense.

  12. Why doesn't the Queen capture the G4 pawn simultaniously checking the king and developing the piece?

  13. Welcome back, I thought you had left youtube for good jrobi!

  14. First, let me say that the Scandinavian is an interesting defense, but played rarely for a reason: it's dubious compared to other Black defenses, like the Sicilian or even French.  Second, I enjoyed the video.  However, I have to say: it appears Black simply didn't play very well in this game.  Nd4, for example, is a clear violation of opening principles.  Getting the dark-squared Bishop out, or Nf6, would probably have been better.  Or later, h5 to crack at g4, instead of Bd6, would have kept the advantage to Black, and has the added benefit of being a developing move since the opens up access for the h8 Rook towards White's shaking castle position.  In short, 3. g3 may take someone out of book, but I kind of think book is there for a reason: they are the best moves in the position.  If you're playing against someone who can identify why a move like 3. g3 is not the best, you're going to pay…

  15. Hey Jrobichess 🙂
    I just played a game with the Scandinavian aand I tried the g3-line and it worked perfectly, I didn´t get any problems, got a very strong center even though my opponent replied immediately with c6 after my g3 move. After a very middlegame with material and positional advantage my opponent blundered a full rook and I won!
    Thanks for putting up this line! 🙂
    Greetings from Germany!

  16. Jrobi! You're back! Glad to see you're OK.

  17. Nice i like the idea off getting out of book early.

    Against e4 from W i play Nc6 its maybe a suggestion for you.

    Thanks for all your videos they are instructive to say the least.

    kind regards,

  18. At 8:08 in the video the the queen attacks the bishop and the King at the same time, why can't black move the Bishop to D5 where it's being protected by the queen and attack the white queen? I'm just curious if I'm missing something more

  19. I love your enthusiasm about this rare line against the Scandinavian. However, at 8:02 you mention that r8-d8 is only move that deals with impending mating attack. Actually, bf7-bd5 is very interesting getting the Queens off the board and at least in an OTB game gives black reasonably good chances at drawing which, let's face it, was the best he could hope for in this lousy position. Great videos though.

  20. Solid indeed. But being a Scandinavian defense player myself I wolud suggest it to be better for black to play Bg5 in the Marshall gambit lines. ( known as the Portuguese variation) If you really want some anti book lines , try 2 f3.

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