The good news is that he always plays the same line, while the bad news is that I have to play for a win in a line with which I objectively have to fight to equalize.
Such an ambitious task surely requires some help from the CHOPIN Professional package <click on the ”Feather“ tab>. Well, let me see… OK, nice – there’s an article on the Scotch Game!
Let’s check the Summary first <scrolling down the Summary, while talking at the same time>. I’ve been playing the main line with short castling on the seventh move so far. I should probably change it for two reasons: I need something more active, and definitely more surprising. Well, the seventh move d6 seems very interesting: it’s a Promising line for Black, and there’s Re8 on the tenth move as a Suggested Improvement for Black <click: Summary, Suggested Improvement for Black>. OK, let’s read the commentary: ”10… Re8 is the new try, and certainly one worthy of serious consideration. Black is hoping to exploit White’s awkward piece placement on the e-file, and he has no time to waste.“ <play move by move including 11… Bg4>
OK, so it’s either f3 or Bf3 on the twelfth move… <click on the plus sign next to 12. Bf3>. Let me see… <play move by move including 14. Qe3>. Let’s check the main line… <click on 18… Qe6> Well, yes – Bf3 is very much drawish… Bummer. I definitely won’t be playing Ne4, let’s check this b5… <click on the plus sign next to 14… b5, then play move by move till the end of the line>. OK, it’s not that hopeless; at least I can try something.
Let’s get back to f3 <scroll upwards, then click on 12. f3>. OK, I can close Bf3 now <click on the minus sign next to 12. Bf3>, so it’s Ne4… Wow! Now, that’s what I’ve been looking for! I have to take my chances and complicate the game – obviously, a draw doesn’t mean much to me, after all. Let’s see it… <play move by move including 13. Nd5; then I move 13… Nb4 and say:> Now, that’s the move! If nothing else, it will surely knock him off his chair! <play move by move including until 16th move>
OK, it’s definitely interesting; let’s check the other line <play move by move till the end of the main line>. OK, it’s more or less the same… I’ve imbalanced it as much as I could – it’s not perfect, but it’s what I wanted. I kind-of like it – more or less – and the material is actually on my side. For what it’s worth – this won’t end up in a draw! So, man up, soldier, and prepare for the battle – this case is closed!