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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...d5/2. exd5

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Scandinavian Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5
ECO code: B01
Parent: King's Pawn Opening


Scandinavian DefenceEdit

Black has the ability to immediately take back the pawn with 2...Qxd5 but at the cost of a slower development, because White can win a tempo with 3. Nc3.

The other option is to play 2...Nf6 attacking the pawn. White may try to keep the pawn (with 3. c4 or 3. Bb5+) or leave it and keep the initiative. As White has doubled pawns on the d file, the second option is probably the best.

Gambits like 2...c6 and 2...e6 are inferior and don't give enough for the pawn.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation

1. e4 d5 2. exd5

2 3 4 5
...
Nf6
d4
Nxd5
Nf3
Bg4
Be2
Nc6
+/=
...
Qxd5
Nc3
Qa5
d4
Nf6
Nf3
c6
=
...
c6
dxc6
Nxc6
Nf3
Nf6
+=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.