The Scotch Game – Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz teaches the Scotch Game, an underestimated opening that releases tension in the center early. Besides two notable games, the Goering gambit and the Dubois-Reti defence are also covered.

Magnus Carlsen vs Peter Leko, Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009): C45 Scotch game
Garry Kasparov vs Etienne Bacrot, Sarajevo (2000): C45 Scotch, Mieses variation


  1. At 35:46 when black moves F5 can't white take it with his e5 pawn en passant and check the king at the same time? Would this line be bad or good?

  2. Ha I play this opening every white game in blitz and never even knew what it was called until now. Im a 1300 level player about 2k white games played. Whats funny is he's right it confuses the other players much of the time i would say. Many grind 30 seconds on it and grind the next couple moves to. I usually have a 1 minute lead after 3 or 4 moves and go into defense the rest of the game and win on time or by speeding them up I guess.

  3. Ate u allowed to castle? Thought king was in check already

  4. I love playing the scotch game. After a cpl of tumblers – all the bad moves dont seem so bad… and my moves Arent as bad as when I play the 'vino' game, for example.

  5. In 40:13, if you take the g6 pawn with the rook, rook takes back and then you take the f5 pawn with the bishop, forking king and rook and getting two pawns.

  6. Schrantz ' manner of speaking makes me nervous. I don't know why.

  7. Why doesn't he talk about the option with the knight trade at the start?

  8. Chess is sometimes so challenging that I wish to change my hobby 😀

  9. 10:10 As White, I took the knight on D4, Black took back with his knight, I took back with the Queen, and then did not know what to do. I was stuck in the middle of the board with a Queen pointing at nothing and blocked by my own pawn on E4.

  10. At the 6:42 th position of this video where white threats blacks queen with his bishop, there how about playing Nxd4 instead of N e7???please consider it

  11. This video is unwatchable, all the water sipping and the throath coughs pfff

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  13. 2:27 Göring Gambit (4. c3)
    5:37 Scotch Gambit (4. Bc4)
    10:01 Main Line, 4… Bb4+
    12:33 Main Line, 4… Bc5; Magnus Carlsen vs. Peter Leko (2009)
    31:02 Main Line, 4… Nf6; Garry Kasparov vs. Etienne Bacrot (2000)

  14. That scotch gambit line you can also enpassant to be an annoying opponent

  15. I 100% think that you are one of the best teachers there are on YouTube, no disrespect with what I say next… I just can't really take you clearing your throat after everything you say. =(
    If it is a medical condition I wholeheartedly apologize in advanced.

  16. I love ‘the ‘ scotch too but find it difficult to play serious and sober when using the scotch. I tend to get so pissed get checkmated instantly!

  17. Anybody ever try the absolutely ridiculous Nakhmasson gambit?

  18. Was en passant playable in the game which would be discovered check

  19. Thanks for the masterpiece. Yet missed one amazing trap in the Scotch with the knight jumping to g5 and sacrificing itself on f7

  20. 18:00 Isnt that just the loss of a knight and bishop for a rook, mostly concidered a bad trade? Stockfish just says position is 0,0 after this exchange. Engine seems to like Nd2 first better.

  21. Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 h6 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 Ne5 7. Be2 c5 8. c3
    Nxf3+ 9. Bxf3 Qf6 10. cxd4 Qxd4 11. Qc2 Be6 12. Bd2 Nf6 13. Bc3 Qc4 14. Be2 Qxe4
    15. Bb5+ Qc6 16. Bxc6+ bxc6 17. Qa4 Kd7 18. Qa6 Be7 19. Qb7+ 1-0

  22. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 d5 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Nxe5 Qe7 6. O-O Be6 7. Re1 Qd6 8.
    Nxf7 Kxf7 9. Qf3+ Kg8 10. Rxe6 Qxe6 11. Qxd5 Qxd5 12. Bxd5# 1-0

  23. The scotch is my favorite for white! Nirkowitz defence for black!

  24. Tidak masuk akal ihh… Huhu.. Gak punya subscriber Ya!!

  25. 35:45 I might be wront but is taking "a passant" not an amazing move here. It gets a discovered attack on the king and if you defend with the horse the pawn takes it. If you block with the bishop you take thr horse with the other pawn.

  26. I love how he gets less and less nervous as he talks ❤

  27. Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit, Haxo Gambit, 5.O-O d6
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 Bg4 7. c3 dxc3 8.
    Nxc3 Nf6 9. e5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 Bxd1 11. Nc6+ Be2 12. Rxe2+ Qe7 13. Rxe7+ Kf8 14.
    Rxf7+ Ke8 15. Re7+ Kf8 16. Bh6 gxh6 17. Rf7+ Ke8 18. Re1+ 1-0

  28. Honestly, this kind of course is useless. You seem very nice and knowledgeable, but I believe this doesn’t help many of us. It’s super nice to analyse a bit top games, but what most of us want is to see the refutations. Why in this position, he chose to defend this piece. Just in the first 6 moves, black could have gone many different variations that are definitely worse for black, but that are hard to see over the board because they Include a lot of traps and tactics.

    If we just wanted to see the engine moves, we’d do it ourselves. In a real game under 2400 Elo, you don’t reach even half of that main line.

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