71 ( +1 | -1 ) Scotch Game OpeningI am currently an avid user (of a meagre 1300 rating) of the Scotch opening 1. e4 e4 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4.... I am trying to work out the best ways to play this opening. I have struggled to find much literature on this opening and the various variations...
So far what I have run into is: 1. e4 e4 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4....exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 Here your queen is out early which seem to me to be against the opening rules.
59 ( +1 | -1 ) 1. e4 e4 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qh4 is an extremely sharp and complicated line, while I don't really know anything about it I have noticed that there has recently been a book solely dedicated to this one particular line.
After 1. e4 e4 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 it's not much of a problem that your queen is out early, because it's not easy for black to use this fact (in particular he doesn't have a move like Nb8-c6, because he has already swapped of this knight). This position is probably *slightly* better for white, because he has a certain space advantage.
84 ( +1 | -1 ) Wrong QuestionIf you are 1300 you should not be studying openings much.
I did study openings when I was 1300 -- most do. It is possible to gain a little bit from this if you ask questions about why moves are the book moves, rather then blindly studying. So you are studying openings correctly (good for you, most don't), and will gain a bit from it. However, your time could be more productively employed in other areas. This is because 1300 players make enough mistakes in the middle game that any opening advantage is essentially irrelevant.
I suggest reviewing your games to see where you went wrong. Another good thing to do would be to practice tactics problems. Chess Tactics for Beginners from Convekta (a cd with problems to play on your computer) would be very good for you.
62 ( +1 | -1 ) In your first line, 4...Nxd4 is just considered a mistake. The Qd4 is an asset rather than a liability, being very actively placed and the Nc6 which might have displaced it is already gone. Cant get more centalized than this! :) *** I didnt see a line.. . sorry if I overlooked it. Anyway it is from your second line given. 5.Bc4 instead of 5.Nc3 after 4...Nf6 has been an entertaining and aggressive line. 5....Nxe4 6.Bxf7+ and this concept is also found in the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian. I'll be right back to add a game link with an example. And there are more examples in the dbase at GK.
69 ( +1 | -1 ) Game Link is ...for board #1662315 *** I also like the Goring Gambit a lot. And the Scotch Gambit too. But lately have taken to playing into the Scotch, in blitz games especially, by going thru the Center Game 1.e4 e5 2.d4 !? Conceivably they might try 2...Nc6 for trying to make it a Nimzovich Defense transposition. But thusfar everyone has played the expected exd4. So I play 2.Nf3 and it can transpose to regular Scotch lines ... but what I really like is when they play 2...c5 3.Bc4 etc and leave that great gaping hole at d5 after I gambit a pawn with c3 sooner or later. Gives them the chance to succumb to that..c5 temptation }8-)
48 ( +1 | -1 ) Sorry, forgot to sayone final thing but it seems rather important. In the game Link given you may note that my opponent there was (at least then if not now) playing only Scotch Game Challenges. So point (1) would seem a very good choice for you, jumpcueman , to see games of for a consistent picture of one players approach. and (2)depite that fact of his familiarity, was perhaps somewhat surprised by the Bc4 line. Or less familiar.