26 ( +1 | -1 ) Annoying Scandanvian lineI've been dabbling in the 2.Nf6 lines of the Scandanavian lately. However, one of my opponents recently played 3.Bb5+ after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6. The thing is, this move makes it difficult to recover the pawn, and White has scored well with it in the GK database. How am I supposed to respond here?
18 ( +1 | -1 ) Hmmmnnn...The simpest way would be to trade off the Bishops with 3...Bd7, though a possibility is 3...Nd7, 4...a6 to address the Bishop at b5 (for example: 3. Bb5+ Nd7, 4. Nf3 a6, 5. Ba4/Bc4 b5). I typically play the 2...Qxa5 in the Scandinavian, so this isn't normally a problem I encounter...
33 ( +1 | -1 ) B01 Scandinavian defence After reading an article of Jeremy Silman (-> www.jeremysilman.com, I have tried to experiment with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5+, but without luck. It is probably not sound.
For inspiration for the 2. Nf6 - line, try to check the "B01 Scandinavian defence" out (mini-tournament) .
26 ( +1 | -1 ) A guy I used to play in blitz all the time would always play the Qe5+ line against me and combine it with Bg4 to win a pawn in some lines, and I found it psychologically annoying. I think that it could be more easily exploited in a slower game, though.