Strike First with the Scandinavian Defense
The Scandinavian is a rarely employed opening on the highest level, and so it guides your opponent onto much less familiar terrain than for example the Sicilian, French or any 1.e4 e5 system. This rareness leads to a slow evolution of theory and avoids the need to constantly refresh your knowledge on the latest developments. After 1.e4 d5 Black fights for the initiative from move one, without any buildup or maneuvering. Despite its dubious reputation (which can be advantageous for you), which is based on the loss of tempo through 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3, the Scandinavian is a reasonable and underestimated opening. It enables Black to alternate between a wild or a more restrained game, having attained a solid position and excellent control over the white squares after the exchange of his King's Bishop for the c3 Knight. Don’t hesitate long - make the Scandinavian your opening weapon!
• Video running time: 4 h 49 min (English)
• Interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with relevant games and a database with analysed theory by the author
• Including CB 12 Reader
Christian Bauer was born in 1977 and has been a chess professional since 1998. In the same year he won the zonal tournament in Andorra. 1999 he participated in the FIDE World Championship in Las Vegas where he was knocked out in round 2 by Peter Leko. He’s writing regularly for Europe-Echecs and also has written three books: Play 1...b6, The Philidor Files/Tout sur la Défense Philidor and Play the Scandinavian/Jouez la Scandinave. Bauer is regularly playing for the national team of France (2nd place at the European Team Championship 2001 in Leon and 3rd 2005 in Gothenborg). He won the gold medal 2011 at the European Team Championships as the best reserve player. He is a three-time French champion (1996, 2012 and 2015) and also became French rapid champion in 2015.
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