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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Instructive game and interesting story. I really felt for your opponent here- the *ahem* older gentleman in his 50's- sometimes there really is no justice in chess. I think you did the right thing in treating this game as a loss but you should take some comfort in your ability to drum up practical chances in a losing position. Swindling is an important skill too as Simon Webb was fond of reminding everyone back in the day Thanks for the vid.

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Instructional game Katar!

In a losing game, one never gives up hope that your opponent may make a mistake (big or small) otherwise we would just resign (or grovel like a baby)! :) I think we all have had our lucky wins due to blunders, but playing hard when there is nothing to lose shows a fighting spirit and makes for an exciting game and anything can happen as long as there is still enough time and mating material!

Good Fight, Good Win!

PS: Do you have a photographic memory by any chance?

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Thx KB.
KingsBlade wrote:
PS: Do you have a photographic memory by any chance?

Nope, i wouldn't say so. :)

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Hi katar!
Thanks for one more good vid. You told us that U didn't like to meet the move 1.e4-d5 2.exd5-Nf6 3.c4-... as black. Can you tell us why i a short vid.?

Ps. I also have stoped playng e4-d5 as black Ds.


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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Very instructive video, Katar! This game really shows why it is important to have a strong grip in the centre of the board before going for flank attacks, or before attempting to generate any kind of play really. Now that you are playing the more principled 1...e5 as black situations like the one in this game will happen rarely, if ever. At least that is what I find when I play the open games as black.


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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
I've played the Nf6 Scandinavian for several years, and I feel compelled to defend the honor of the variation.

I agree that Nc6, Pe6, Nf6, is miserable against the White pawns on c4 and d4,
so I avoid this situation:
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Miserable

Usually I play ...Nxd5, White plays c4, and my Knight winds up on b6.
In this situation, I play ...Bf6 pressuring d4 and preparing an ...e5 break:
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Hopeful

The Portuguese Gambit is fun to play, so I have two suggestions.
Suggestion 1: Play ...e6, ...Nbd7, and prepare the ...c5 break:
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Preparing the c5 break

Suggestion 2: Play ...Nc6 with a quick ...e5!
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Black plays 8...e5!
9.Nc3 Bb4; 9.Nbd2 Bb4; 9.d5 Nb4


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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
I guess we could title this one 1. e4 e5 -- The Prequel... Very nice video!

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
I'd rather play like that Armenian guy any day! "Desperate hacking attacks" from move one, baby!

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
It just so happens that my opponent from this game passed away suddenly from a heart attack yesterday. He just concluded a club tournament last week. I just saw him recently, he seemed to be doing just fine. Awesome fun loving guy. He liked to make swooshing sounds while moving pieces in blitz, no matter the quality of his position, lol. Great sense of humor and always smiling. It's just crazy that i'll never see him at that club-- he had been going there for 25 years.. I guess i'm writing this out just to remind anyone who might see it that people around you and even one's own life are not guaranteed and not to be taken for granted. Just being alive for another day is a gift that we're not really entitled to.

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
DollieDino wrote:
Nice Video !

Very instructive !

Thank you!

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
katar wrote:
...I guess i'm writing this out just to remind anyone who might see it that people around you and even one's own life are not guaranteed and not to be taken for granted. Just being alive for another day is a gift that we're not really entitled to.


Amen to that.

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Holy smokes katar! How can you say this is your pet opening and become disappointed when you misplay the move order? I too, must defend the honor of the Scandanavian. After White plays Nf3 you play e6...not Nc6. Surely you must have read Selby Anderson's excellent book that comprehensively covers this great opening defense. Get it right before you decide its no good. This was not the Scandanavian's fault. In this case, it was player failure.


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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
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Holy smokes katar! How can you say this is your pet opening and become disappointed when you misplay the move order? I too, must defend the honor of the Scandanavian. After White plays Nf3 you play e6...not Nc6. Surely you must have read Selby Anderson's excellent book that comprehensively covers this great opening defense. Get it right before you decide its no good. This was not the Scandanavian's fault. In this case, it was player failure.

Welcome to the board, dude!! Hope u will stick around to comment other threads, or better yet, post a few videos! :)
I suppose you're right about the move order. I do/did have a copy of Selby Anderson, but i was following Shirov who played Nc6 (not e6) against Svidler and drew.

I moved on from this opening quite some time ago, and speaking personally, taking up 1...e5 is the best thing i ever did for my chess. It's quite a nice change to have equal footing with White in the center and a choice of multiple plans and pawn breaks. And i have Scandinavian as a backup option mainly for blitz.

If u feel there is an injustice in this thread, feel free to make your own video on Scandinavian Nf6. :) Cheers.

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 Re: katar - Why i stopped playing Scandinavian Nf6 [25:31]
Just pointing up something you overlooked. Glad you agree about the move order. Hopefully this post will be enough to repair the misinformation. I assume if one creates videos, they should expect to hear some feedback that is not all complimentary. Don't take it personally.


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