Avoiding Chess Opening Theory – G3 vs. The Scandinavian Defense

Avoiding Chess Opening Theory – G3 vs. The Scandinavian Defense


Hello everybody it’s Jrobi we’re going to
take a look at a way to meet the Scandinavian today that doesn’t
require a lot of opening memorization and, this is actually something that I’ve been
using for the last couple years on my blitz games. Over the last
couple of years while I haven’t been studying as much as I
used to in chess, I’m ramping that back up, and this is a line that I like to do,
against the Scandinavian, which basically took me out of having to memorize
a whole bunch of opening lines and remember it all the
time, because the frequency that I faced the Scandinavian, it wasn’t very often, but when
it came up, I knew that, you know obviously if you’re going to
use an opening as a player, you probably are pretty comfortable
with it, you’ve looked into it, at least a little bit, and that can give you an advantage
in a game of chess. So if you’re playing against some one’s
favorite opening, it’s good to get them out of book early. So
we’re going to take a look at way to that today against the Scandinavian. So, let’s
get started here. So, the Scandinavian after white plays pawn to
E4, characteristic move here is black pushing the pawn up to D5,
immediately attacked the pawn. The best move to play as white in this position is to capture,
and now we have two commonly played moves here for black.
The two most popular moves in this position. We’re going to
take a look at queen takes as the first one. Now the very best thing to do in this situation
obviously is to develop your knight here to C3, immediately
attacking that queen. The queen will peel of here to A5 in most
games, and from here, the move that will get your opponent out of book is simply pushing
the pawn up to G3, and we’re going to take a look at this line
today. So after E3, or sorry, after G3, your opponent has a lot
of options here. A lot of times I will see knight to C6 right away, but probably more
common, is you’ll see a central thrust here from your opponent,
trying to follow basic open principles and get into the centre as
quickly as possible. From here, we’re just going to Fianchetto the bishop here onto G2,
giving that bishop scope along this light square diagonal and
also protecting that E4 square for the immediate push of that
black pawn, we don’t black to get too much of the centre. From here now, knight comes
out to C6, and we push our knight up now to E2. Now this is a different
move then you’ll see in common opening books here. Most of
the time they’ll say put the knight onto F3, but this is actually going to work to your
benefit in the long term to get your opponent out of book, and
out of comfortable chess positions. So from here now, bishop can
come out to G4. Now the following moves that we’re going to talk about are actually coming
from a chess game that was played back in 1994, and it’s probably
the only game you’ll be able to find in this position, from
your large databases if you have one. And that’s what makes this whole opening line
really good to use against the Scandinavian, is that hardly anyone
plays it. It’s solid, it might not be as aggressive as some
of the other lines that white has against the Scandinavian, but if you’re not versed
in the book lines, this is a great position to have to work with.
Because now, now that we’re out of book, the game is going to be
decided mainly by the tactical playing strength of both players, okay, so it’s going to be
a good battle either way. So after the bishop comes out,
in the game, now the game was played between, I believe the name
was Jacek Bielczyk versus Thomas Jaco, and Jacek here pushes the pawn up to H3, immediately
attacking the bishop on G4. Bishop peels back to H5, white
castles, and black castles as well on the queen side. Now,
we’re going to get into a couple of interesting moves here. So, after D3 from white, so just
basically simple moves here, we’re opening up access
for the dark square bishop. If black plays something like F5,
which is a really strong looking move, obviously it’s getting a nice foothold into the centre.
We can play A3 to give, limit the scope of that knight
perched up on C6 there. When black brings that knight down, look
at this move. Now take a moment, and look at the position for a second. We’re obviously
doing two things: we’re attacking the bishop, we’re attacking
the pawn. But there’s a little move that’s going to come up
after that might surprise you a little bit. So pawn captures. What’s your first – what’s
your first thought in this position? Most chess players, especially
beginning chess players, will immediately take back with
this pawn, but there’s a nice little move you have here. It’s just knight to G3. It’s
attacking the bishop, okay, now the bishop’s scope towards the white
queen, has been completely blocked off by its own pawn, so
it’s got to do something here. If it takes the pawn off, see, it just drops the piece,
so that’s not a good move. So black will probably retreat the bishop,
possibly to F7, as was in the game that we’re looking at,
and from here, you can capture that pawn. Now it might look a little strange here on
the king’s side for white, but this actually, the setup of the
pieces can be quite good. So in the game, black played bishop to
E6, white brought the bishop up now to E3 to activate that piece, also putting an attacker
on the knight here on D4. Black brought its knight out now,
in fact, let’s go back a couple of moves. Let’s take a look at
the position, after here! Most of white’s pieces are coordinated, and they’re developed,
in fact, white is only really sitting on one piece that hasn’t
really been developed, but we’ve already opened up access for
that. Let’s take a look at the black position. You know, this knight here on G8 hasn’t been
developed, the bishop, while it has access, still hasn’t
been developed much like whites, and this bishops been kicked
around. So we’ve had a couple moves wasted here, protecting that bishop. The queen on
A5 has done absolutely nothing since the opening, because the play
from white has really dictated the pace of the game in such a
way that, you know, there has been no need to move this queen, the queens not really
contributing to the position at all. So it’s basically just sitting
there in A5, waiting to come into the game at some point. So
let’s get back the game here. So Bishop to D6, white brings the bishop up to E3 like
we talked about, black develops its piece there to F6 and white pushes
up that pesky little pawn there on g5. Another really good
move from this pawn, that looked a little strange, but it’s helping white coordinate
the attack, and it’s also harassing black, making black have to
expend moves to defend pieces. Black retreats the knight now to
D7, white develops the knight to E4, and while it might have looked a little bit sketchy
in the beginning, with kind of a slower opening strategy from
white, we’ve got a pretty good foothold in the centre here,
we’ve got a pretty solid game to play from this central position. Black’s got an isolated
pawn, now it’s got to dedicate full pieces to protect it, it
can’t use other pawns, because the D pawn is gone and the F pawn
is gone. White however, look at this pawn chain here, its fine, it’s all connected,
we have a pawn that’s isolated here on G5, but we still have the
F pawn at some point to defend it if we can get it in there to do
so. So, you know, it’s a fairly good position for white to work from. So, black plays in
the in the game pawn to H5. White doesn’t capture. I’m going
to flip back a move here. White doesn’t take. White’s going to
maintain this pawn here on G5. There’s not a huge threat with this pawn yet. Instead,
white captures the knight here on D4, forcing the recapture with
the pawn, and now white takes the dark square bishop off by
snagging it up on D6. Black recaptures, and now we’ve got double pawns for black. So as
you can see, the pawn structures for black are getting worse
and worse as the game progresses. From here now, white has a
beautiful move, queen to F3. We are attacking two pieces, we’re threatening checkmate here
on B7, so black’s got to do something about that. The only move
black has in this position to meet these threats, is by
swinging the rook over to F8 to protect that bishop and also to give the king an escape
square on D8. But at which point, white continues, crashes into
the position, snags up the pawn here on B7, hits the check, peels
the king off to D8, and to follow up with this now, white brings that light square bishop,
that was beautifully placed on G2, up to H3, giving
two attackers to the knight now on D7. So you can see how quickly
you can coordinate the pieces from white. And this isn’t even a regular opening line
in the Scandinavian. Now obviously each chess game is different,
but, I don’t think it really matters. You can analyze the
opening position, with any engine, and it will tell you it’s pretty much equal. So you
got a good fighting chance with this opening line in the Scandinavian,
and it’s very easy to remember, and it meets everything
in the Scandinavian. So we’ll talk about that at the end of the video. Okay, so anyway,
let’s get back to the video here. So what’s black’s response
to this? Well, black plays its bishop back now to E8. And, we
can definitely see here that the position is pretty bad for black at this point in the
game. The bishop’s had to come back to the home rank, you got
this poor knight just getting barred down here by two pieces.
White’s just coordinating all of its pieces in a hurry, and look at black’s queen, it’s
still sitting there on A5. Okay, so after bishop to E8, white
plays now, pawn up to F4. So, we’re connecting our pawns again.
Black plays queen now to D2. Looks aggressive! Looks scary! Does absolutely nothing for black’s
position. White just swings that rook over now to E1
bearing down on that bishop onto E8, and there is a world of hurt
that’s going to be unleashed upon black here pretty quickly. Black replies rook takes pawn,
trying to get the white rook to recapture. It’s just bait, we
don’t need to do that. We just take that bishop with check on
E8. When the king recaptures, we utilize those two attacking pieces there, hit the check.
King goes to F8, and from here…look at that move. Queen check
on D6. Absolutely beautiful! We’ve hit the check, we’re
attacking the rook, it’s a beautiful fork, and, that’s actually where the game ended.
So it’s a really good line to use, you know, against the Scandinavian,
you don’t have to get into a lot of book moves. If we go
back to the beginning here, there is another commonly played move from black that you can
also meet with this. Let’s just go back here. And that would
be, knight to F6. You will probably see knight to F6 or queen
takes D5, when you play the Scandinavian. Probably 95-96% of the time. Like, it’s the
most commonly played moves from black in this position. And you
can still meet this with the G3 strategy, you can change it up
slightly if you want, engine analysis likes bringing out the knight to F3 right away.
After black plays the captured pawn on D5, we can now push G3, and
get ready to Fianchetto that bishop. You can also bring the
knight out to E2 if you want, play an early G3, either way, you’re going to get into
a very familiar position here if I just flip through a couple
moves, you’re going to have a nice connected pawn chain,
you’re going to have this bishop beautifully Fianchetto’d along this diagonal, you have
your knights ready to pounce out into the action, an open access
for your dark square bishop. You have potential pawn thrusts
here to F4 at some point. You’re going to have a good-game. So you don’t have to memorize
a tremendous amount of opening lines, this is a very easy
one to remember, it served me well for quite awhile, I heard
about it when I was studying the Scandinavian a long time ago. I came across this G3, I
can’t exactly remember when now, but I looked into it, I
liked it, and it served me well, so I’m going to share it with
you guys. Try it out, let me know what you think! Also, in this video series, I’m looking
for some good ways to get out of book early against common strategies,
common openings, I’m going to focus on dealing with
blacks defences first, and then maybe we’ll get into some potential plays from black to
get white players out of the opening books as well. But just
kind of some practical ideas. If you have a good idea or if you
have a good line that takes opponents out of books, doesn’t matter what opening it is,
send me an email to [email protected], and if I use it in a
video, I am going to give you credit in that video, and I will
share it out with my subscribers! So, thanks for checking out the video! Oh! Also, a couple
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Alright! Thanks for checking out
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next time!

30 thoughts on “Avoiding Chess Opening Theory – G3 vs. The Scandinavian Defense

  1. Hey, jrob, could you please remove the top and bottom spaces around the chess board? It's not ideal for small phone screens.

  2. I play Scandinavian vs pretty much every E4 game I play (albeit I don't play high level gamesl).  What I find works best is to take the attacking white pawn with the queen, but not to swing to the side after chased by the white knight.  Queen is too inneffective there and the queen's bishop pawn square is surprisingly vulnerable when the queen leaves her home roost.  Instead I return her home.  Seems counter intuitive and a waste of moves but the board dynamics are different and it is suprisingly difficult for white to gain the advantige from this position because of the missing center pawns. My defense could be thought of as an anti-anti-scandinavian defense and would easily get white out of book 🙂

    Vs the fianchotto (as seen from the video) I would push the bishop pawn by one to effectively shut that down. 

  3. Nice to see you back! I would recommend that you get rid of the side bars and maximize the board. Looking forward to more of your videos

  4. Awesome video jrobi! Would help me as I do not play too often, and have a hard time memorizing opening lines. It's been a long time since you made videos haha!

  5. Lines where Black is putting a pawn (not a knight) on c6 tend to neutralize White's Bg2.  …c6 is part of Black's normal scheme in the mainline anyway, because it allows Black's Q to come back home.  Lines with …Nc6 are today considered a bit old-fashioned and anti-positional.

    Other than that, there's certainly nothing wrong with this opening.

  6. Another enjoyable vid….i play the center counter as black quite often but dont remember seeing the g3 line…interesting

  7. First, let me say that the Scandinavian is an interesting defense, but played rarely for a reason: it's dubious compared to other Black defenses, like the Sicilian or even French.  Second, I enjoyed the video.  However, I have to say: it appears Black simply didn't play very well in this game.  Nd4, for example, is a clear violation of opening principles.  Getting the dark-squared Bishop out, or Nf6, would probably have been better.  Or later, h5 to crack at g4, instead of Bd6, would have kept the advantage to Black, and has the added benefit of being a developing move since the opens up access for the h8 Rook towards White's shaking castle position.  In short, 3. g3 may take someone out of book, but I kind of think book is there for a reason: they are the best moves in the position.  If you're playing against someone who can identify why a move like 3. g3 is not the best, you're going to pay…

  8. Hey Jrobichess 🙂
    I just played a game with the Scandinavian aand I tried the g3-line and it worked perfectly, I didn´t get any problems, got a very strong center even though my opponent replied immediately with c6 after my g3 move. After a very middlegame with material and positional advantage my opponent blundered a full rook and I won!
    Thanks for putting up this line! 🙂
    Greetings from Germany!

  9. Nice i like the idea off getting out of book early.

    Against e4 from W i play Nc6 its maybe a suggestion for you.

    Thanks for all your videos they are instructive to say the least.

    kind regards,
    Johan

  10. At 8:08 in the video the the queen attacks the bishop and the King at the same time, why can't black move the Bishop to D5 where it's being protected by the queen and attack the white queen? I'm just curious if I'm missing something more

  11. I love your enthusiasm about this rare line against the Scandinavian. However, at 8:02 you mention that r8-d8 is only move that deals with impending mating attack. Actually, bf7-bd5 is very interesting getting the Queens off the board and at least in an OTB game gives black reasonably good chances at drawing which, let's face it, was the best he could hope for in this lousy position. Great videos though.

  12. Solid indeed. But being a Scandinavian defense player myself I wolud suggest it to be better for black to play Bg5 in the Marshall gambit lines. ( known as the Portuguese variation) If you really want some anti book lines , try 2 f3.

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