Why I stopped playing Scandinavian 2... Nf6

In this post, I will write lines, which made me choose some other opening as black in respond to 1. e4.

My choise was a modern Scandinavian variation, which has the name of Scandinavian - Marshall Variation, but is better known as Scandinavian Nf6.


What's black plan?
Black, instead of capturing the pawn with the queen, will want to capture it with the knight, avoiding loss of tempo by 3. Nc3, which was proved not to be bad for black. The problem with the knight move is that the knight can be chased off the board easily, and is, in most cases, taken out of the game in the very beginning. 
So why would black play this move?
The most sound answers to such move, would be not to hold on to the extra pawn by playing 3. c4, but instead play 3. d4, or to avoid the almost refuted portuguese variation, play 3. Nf3
There are more interesting moves such as modern answer to modern Scandinavian - 3. Bb5+, but this will not be taken in consideration just for now.
What happens if white plays 3. c4 ?

Now, as we clarified, that white is best not to play 3. c4, what makes white better in this opening?
I won't have all my problems with this black opening covered in this post, but as a beginner player, I will always want positions, where I have initiative, or at least, am equal.
This is not well-analyzed variation, so there is still hope, that one day, some master will find some move, or idea, which revolutionises this line, and it will be safe and sound to play this modern variation.


  • 22 months ago


    GM David Smerdon lecture on 2.Nf6 "Portuguese" variation of the Scandi.


    Take it back!

  • 3 years ago


    Reikes susirasti, o siaip pradejau zaisti prancuziska ginyba, su kuria labai neb

    logai sekasi, ir nors anksciau ji man visai nepatiko, kuo toliau tuo labiau man ji patinka. Visai idomi variacija yra:

  • 3 years ago


    Dabar Skandinaviška su 2... Nf6 yra mano pagrindinis ginklas, ir puikių rezultatų jau pasiekiau :) YouTubei kažkas įdėjo 3 video vien apie šitą. Patariu susirast ir peržiūrėt. Tikrai gerai išaiškino ir tikrai juodi gali gauti puolamąją padėtį. :)

  • 4 years ago


    Ha ha! Here's a game by me aganist an Expert.

    I felt so amazing obviously I lost to the IM next round because I was too happy with my brillanciestest gest game.

  • 4 years ago


    Interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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