While Carlsen certainly rightfully gets the media attention he deserves as the reigning World Champion, Kasparov is undoubtedly still the undisputed No. 1 magnet for the media in the world of chess. His incredible charisma aside, The Ultimate Blitz Challenge in Saint Louis again reminded us why he is probably the greatest chess player ever: as if his plus score against the top three US players wasn’t incredible enough, his level of opening preparation was still top-notch.
Garry Kimovich played the Scotch Game against all his opponents at this memorable event, and his success gives us an opportunity to re-examine the theoretical value of this opening that has mostly gone out of fashion in recent years. This article particularly focuses on Kasparov’s final game against Nakamura, the tournament winner, as it seems to prove that this opening still contains some venom and cannot be easily dismissed.
[Diagram: Black to Move] Dark-squared bishop could be White’s greatest asset in the diagrammed position. How should Black react to prevent his opponent from developing a dangerous initiative?
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