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First Steps: The Scandinavian

224 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2017

From the series »First Steps«

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The Scandinavian (also known as the Centre Counter Defence) occurs when Black meets White’s 1 e4 with 1 ... d5, immediately countering in the centre. White invariably continues with 2 exd5 when Black can choose between two systems, both of which are covered in this book. Firstly 2 ... Qxd5, which regains the pawn immediately but exposes the black queen early on – a feature that complicates the play for both players. Secondly 2 ... Nf6, which invites White to risk attempting to hold onto the d5-pawn. If White goes down this path then a complex tactical struggle can easily develop.

First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes:

  • the basic principles

  • the basic strategies

  • the key tricks and traps

First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.

More Information
Weight 400 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2017
Author Cyrus Lakdawala
Series First Steps
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781781944547
Pages 224
Binding paperback

003 About the Author

005 Bibliography

007 Introduction

014 1) 3...Qa5

083 2) 3...Qd6: Introduction and ...c6 Lines

121 3) 3...Qd6 with ...a6

150 4) 3...Qd6 with ...g6

162 5) White Delays Nc3

175 6) 2...Nf6

214 7) Everything Else

220 Index of Variations

223 Index of Complete Games