Blitz Chess #386: Scandinavian Defense

A direct line is played with minor punches being met with counter punches out of the Scandinavian Defense. White opts for a setup where the c-pawn plays an important role in the middlegame battle, supporting a d5 push. How valuable is a knight? How might its value be influenced in combination with another aggressive piece? This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the white pieces.

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1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. c4 e6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. g3 O-O 8. Bg2 c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. d5 exd5 11. cxd5 Nb4 12. Ne5 Bf5 13. Bf4 Nc2 14. Rc1 Nd4 15. Nc4 b5 16. Ne3 b4 17. Ne2 Nxe2+ 18. Qxe2 Be4 19. Rfd1 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Bd6 21. Qf3 Bxf4 22. Qxf4 Qa5 23. Nf5 Qxa2 24. Rxc5 Qxb2 25. d6 Rad8 26. Rd4 Rfe8 27. Qg5 g6 28. Qxf6 Re6 29. Qxd8+

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  1. You missed an easier mate near the end of the game lol

  2. fun game! also nice missed mate in 1 there at the end (settled for a mate in 2)

  3. modern variation of scandavinian is good

  4. how are you this good Jerry!! man I love your every play and your analysis.

  5. Who needs mate when you can take both rooks and still mate?! 😀

  6. Hey Jerry. Why don't you play banter blitz with the gm's at chess 24? It would be nice to see you play with real tough players…

  7. Ive been playing chess for about a year now and i was developing nicely ive played players around 1800 and held my own even beating players around 2000 but then i started playing rapid chess (about three weeks now) and i feel like my game has regressed. Making alot more blunders missing moves and becoming more robotic and less creative in my play. How do i break this pattern and start progressing again?

  8. You right about that g4 move, typical computer move. Making many weaknesses but it can somehow defend, not as easy for human in some lines even at the GM level.

  9. Jerry and mato does the best job breaking analyzing the games

  10. Thanks Jerry! Im gonna play Nf next time Im against the Scandinavian. 😉

  11. this may sound weird, but when i play on i feel like i play much worse because the pieces look so different?
    does anyone else has htis problem?

  12. Who needs mate when you can grab material? – Yasser Seirawan

  13. I love these blitz videos. Awesome stuff.

  14. At 7:55, I was considering Nxg7. After Kxg8, I'd have followed up with Qg5+, and after Kh8, I would win the knight back on f6. Is there an issue with that line that I'm not seeing?

  15. Can you make a video on how to make a Scandinavian Defense?

  16. A rarity: "I actually have a lead on the clock. I like that." Lol.

  17. you are very intelligent and helped me see various lines, I thank you for that. You've also helped me with tactics and my foresight. Thank you.

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