Need sure points? Scotch Opening Edition

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The Scotch Game has resisted the test of times at all levels of chess competition. From Ercole del Rio (Italian chess author), the first one to mention it in his chess treatise from 1750, to GM Garry Kasparov who played it with success while defending his World Champion chess title in the 90s, many a player have used it in their games. Some coaches advise their beginner students to learn and play it. One of their argument is that it helps White get control of the center before Black can. In my experience I have seen how players of that level exchange all their pieces rather fast. It is a normal reaction to do equal exchanges. Unfortunately they do not think much and soon find themselves playing complex endgame positions they are not yet familiar with.

In the first example below both sides simply played normal. There were no surprises and no dubious lines. The result was never in doubt. It is a safe bet to secure a draw if you want to.

The example below is from the Mieses variation. It involves active play that could be attractive to both sides. However, the line played is pretty much forced and leads to a perpetual. You never know when it could be useful.

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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