Class C (1200-1400)

Modern Classics - the Scotch Gambit

The old Italian-style attacking openings for White have not been played
at the top level of chess for a long while. Was Jonathan Penrose the
last master to venture the Scotch Gambit? Anyhow, even if the masters
have got it all under control, the rest of us can still play in the
Romantic, gambit style. It's also easy to recommend to juniors.

In pursuit of nostalgia, several people have been posting material on
the web about the Scotch Gambit and related openings.


Novel Opening Play

Jonathan wanted to have something on this session thinking about the English Opening, but, in case you don't play that system, I'll broaden it out a bit.

The experience of meeting novelty

It needn't be a completely new move, of course, just new to you.

Let's see if we can create that experience for you.

Some examples that we came up with:

As White, facing 1.d4 e5!?
As White, facing 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4!?
As Black, facing 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4!?


From D.Regis@exeter.ac.uk  Mon Dec  2 13:33:20 1996
Subject: Re: Guioco Piano notes
To: lorda@boat.bt.com (Andrew Lord)
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 13:33:18 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Andrew

> I've just got addicted to chess 

Sympathy: there is no cure...

> I'm stuck on a problem with a Guiuco Piano line. I got as far 
> as:
> 1. e4 e5
> 2. Nf3 Nc6
> 3. Bc4 Bc5
> 4. c3 Nf6
> 5. d4 exd4
> 6. cxd4 Bb4+
> 7. Nc3 Nxe4
> 8. 0-0 BxN
> 9.

Exchanging to Win

I was struck recently when discussing this position with the coaching group:


Playing Black against Queen's-Pawn Openings (3): without c2-c4

Playing Black against Queen's-Pawn Openings (2): Semi-Slav and Exchange

Playing Black against Queen's-Pawn Openings (1) Cambridge Springs

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