Some very short Scotch games

Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in , |

Learning a chess opening has to include that you know what to do if someone isn’t playing the right moves. Opening traps and miniatures are very illustrative and help us to increase our knowledge about an opening.
As a follow-up on the lesson about the Scotch game this post will show a combination of some miniatures of this Scotch game. These games are often called traps, but a trap is in fact a game that is won as a result of playing a dubieus move. In the following miniatures Black makes a mistake and White knows how to deal with this.

The main game is a game between Magem and Fernandez in the Spain championship, but I have merged three other miniatures with this game.
Some nice miniatures worth replaying.

The next lesson is about getting a draw.

Original 6 Responses to “Some very short Scotch games”

  1. Rook Van Winkle
    August 23rd, 2007 at 3:13 pm
    When I first started playing chess (at the age of 9 or 10) the Scotch Game was one of my favorite openings – not for any practical reason really, but be because of the name ‘Scotch’ – although a native born American I am of mostly Scottish decent. Not necessarily a great reason for picking a favorite opening – but, hey, you have to start somewhere. 
    It makes me wonder if Edwin "dutchdefence" Meyer, who is Dutch (and BTW has a superb blog at has picked the Dutch Defence as his favorite opening?
    Visit the Rook Van Winkle Chess Blog – “A chess blog of general interest for beginning and novice chess players on the benefits of playing and enjoying the game of chess, with a special focus on middle-aged (and older) players.”
  2. Tom Chivers
    August 28th, 2007 at 11:26 am
    Aren’t there some traps for white to fall into?!
    Having to face the Scotch was one of the reasons I gave up 1…e5.
  3. Chess Teacher
    August 28th, 2007 at 3:52 pm
    Of course there are traps for white to fall into.
    Take for example the game between Vasily Panasenko and Dmitry Shulzhenko (Kiev, 2005):
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.b3 Qf6 7.c3 Qxf2# 0-1
    OK, it is a kind of blunder, but the mate shows one of the possibilities for Black.
    Black can even better immediately play 5…Qf6 and if White defends by 6.Qd2 Black’s best move is 6…dxc6
    This is a position in which most threaths are targeted at the White side.
  4. mistermac
    September 22nd, 2007 at 6:22 am
    Very interesting article on the Scotch. Thank you.
  5. Scotch enprise
    September 22nd, 2007 at 8:50 pm
    I do not see why 6.Nd4 is 1-0 !?
    Please explain this-thanks
  6. Chess Teacher
    September 23rd, 2007 at 2:57 pm
    @ Scotch enprise
    After 5.Nxc6 Black plays the move 5…Qh4, probably because of 6…Qxf2#.
    But White’s response to this move is 6.Nd4 which deals with this mate threath and brings the Knight to a safe place. Now White is a piece ahead and Black has no compensation whatsoever. Depending on White’s playing strength this should be enough for White to win the game.

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