Hi guys and Gals welcome to the long overdue final installment of our Mini-Series on 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7. If you have reviewed the previous installments you would by now realise not only that White's most effective plan here is to arrange Castles Queenside but also the reasoning behind why that is the case.
A typical continuation following 5...Ne7 above might be 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 Bb4 8.Bd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d6 10.Qg3 Be6 11.f4 f5 This kind of position should look very familiar if you have been studying the Scotch Courses carefully [For Example: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Qe2 Nge7 8.Be3 0-0 9.0-0-0 f5 10.f4 Negi vs Maiorov - 2012 1-0 (42)]. Our attack on the Kingside is much farther along than Black's on the Queenside, in fact Black's counterplay has not yet begun and he is doomed to passive defence from here on out. One of the most important elements in opposite side Castling is 'Time' and we need to use that time to get our attack going as soon as possible. [See Complete Games at the End of this Article]
Returning to the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 Black can deploy his dark squared bishop more actively with 7...g6 and this was a favorite of Ex World Champion Boris Spassky and so should be taken very seriously. Our plan remains more or less the same, that is, Castles Queenside and launch an attack on the opponent's King pronto, the danger now being that Black has potentially more active counterplay than in the lines following 7...Bb4, nevertheless White's attack comes first and he should retain the better chances. [See Complete Games at the End of this Article]
Some of you maybe wondering what if Black annoys us with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 Nb4!? no worries, this is a temporary inconvenience, we stick to the game plan 8.Qe2! Nc6 9.a3 Bc5 10.Be3 d6 11.0-0-0 with an easy game and pleasant initiative to pursue. [See Complete Games at the End of this Article]
Well folks that's it we have come to the end of our journey, you should now be well equipped with the relevant ideas as well as concrete moves and plans to meet an early 4...Nxd4 followed by Ne7 or Qf6 with confidence.
Good luck in all your Scotch adventures and don't forget to study the below illustrative games carefully.
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I am happy you enjoyed the series and thanks for bringing that video to my attention. I think 6. Bc4 also gives White the advantage but given the choice I still prefer 6. Nc3 which feels simpler and more thematic, preparing to quickly castle queenside and then launch our kingside attack with our King safely tucked away.
So now we have two promising ways to meet this line and a pleasant choice of which to choose. :)