[October 08, 2017] Updated Opening Article by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
Scotch Game, Classical Variation with 7. Bc4 Ne5 8. Bb3 Qg6

Garry Kimovich played the Scotch Game against all his opponents at The Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 in Saint Louis, 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.

This update brings improvements on several theoretically important games, most notably on K. Piorun – E. Inarkiev, Gjakova 2016, but a few more are also deserving of your attention, so we recommend that you consider them carefully.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Black knight is under attack, but White’s pieces are awkwardly placed. How can Black disrupt his opponent’s plans and secure a tangible advantage?

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