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The Scotch (1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nc6; 3.d4) was one of the first modern openings to appear in tournament practice. The nature of the Scotch fitted perfectly into the 19th century era of Romantic chess - the openings emphasis on opening lines, fast development, rapid centralisation and, most importantly, fast attacking chances, meshed seamlessly with the style of the day.
In spite of its long history however, for most of its life the Scotch did not enjoy great popularity. It was a recognised answer to 1.. e5, but it never seriously challenged the Ruy Lopez as the most "objective" way to fight for an opening advantage. The general opinion was that Black had enough resources to achieve equality.
The turning point for the fortunes of the Scotch was the world title match between Kasparov and Karpov in 1990, the first time that the opening had been tested at such an elite level. Unsurprisingly, Kasparovs decision to employ this old opening meant that its appearances in tournaments soared. The popularity of the Scotch generated by this match remains today, and it is perhaps more popular than ever before.
That begs the obvious question - why? Well, due to the nature of the positions that tend to arise it is ideal for engine analysis, and so it lends itself perfectly to the tools of the current day. It is a nice paradox that the Romantic foundations of this opening merge so well with the computerised modern era. Credit can mostly be given to Kasparov for reviving this old opening, but there are many others who have contributed to exploring new ideas and forging new paths. A lot of discoveries have been made by some young grandmasters who dont shy away from analysing deep tactical solutions with the aid of the silicon beast.
In this book Milos Pavlovic takes the reader through these new paths in the Scotch Opening, examining Black's major alternatives at move 4, 4..Nf6; and 4..Bc5; as well as less popular options. An appendix looks at White's 4th move alternative, 4.c3, - the Goring Gambit.
Published 2019, softback, 279 pages.