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Scotch by Modern Players
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Should the Scotch be in your opening repertoire? Gary Kasparov played the Scotch over 20 times, won over half of those and never lost a game. Several times Gary played this in important world championship matches. That kind of endorsement for an opening is as good as it gets.

Scotch surprises Karpov-Try this in Guess the Move (GTM)
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

Hard fought World-Championship draw
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Win w Scotch against Karpov- Play in GTM
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1991 
(C45) Scotch Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Peaceful Draw vs top GM
Kasparov vs Kamsky, 1991
(C45) Scotch Game, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Queenside majority wins the endgame- Play in GTM
Kasparov vs Piket, 1992 
(C45) Scotch Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Scotch tops Short- Play in GTM, Watch KC U-Tube
Kasparov vs Short, 1992 
(C45) Scotch Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Artful Bishops of Opposites Draw by Kaspy
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(C45) Scotch Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short came up short again
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nice Tactics- Play in GTM
Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1994 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Quick Draw
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand's 9..g5!? gives Kaspy something to think about
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kaspy's home prep vs. Anand's 9..g5. Play in GTM
Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1997 
(C45) Scotch Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Refutation of 4...d5?
Kasparov vs K Prasinou, 1996 
(C45) Scotch Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Wld Champion Draw
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1996
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Systematic play- GTM
Kasparov vs I Sokolov, 1996 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Great lesson in tactics and defensive play vs. Leko see GTM
Kasparov vs Leko, 1997 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Winning Bishops of Opposites endgame- very instructive!
Kasparov vs A Sorin, 1997 
(C45) Scotch Game, 54 moves, 1-0

Not your usual GM draw!
Kasparov vs Anand, 1999 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Brilliant play vs a top GM- See GTM
Kasparov vs Adams, 1999 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

A win out of thin air! See GTM
Kasparov vs Timman, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Watch White's Rooks!- See GTM
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Active pieces = elegant win
Kasparov vs Unzicker, 2001 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1-0

How to handle 4..Qh4-see GTM
Nakamura vs A De Palma, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Brilliant sacs vs 4..Qh4 see GTM
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

GM play vs 4..Qh4 see GTM
S Smagin vs D Sermek, 1991 
(C45) Scotch Game, 33 moves, 1-0

6.Qf3
I Ibragimov vs J Friedel, 2006 
(C45) Scotch Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Qf6; Qd2 variation. Interesting endgame
B Socko vs T Warakomski, 2006
(C45) Scotch Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Highly instructive!
Radjabov vs Karjakin, 2005 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Deeply analyzed game
Carlsen vs Leko, 2009 
(C45) Scotch Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Logical and very clever play
Carlsen vs Naiditsch, 2009
(C45) Scotch Game, 50 moves, 1-0

Too daring- the hazards of Blitz
Carlsen vs Jakovenko, 2009 
(C45) Scotch Game, 63 moves, 0-1

Bc5; Nxc6
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Rublevsky vs Grischuk, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Morozevich vs Eljanov, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1-0

A Filippov vs Bacrot, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 57 moves, 1-0

Radjabov vs F De la Paz, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Gambit transposition
D Hoogland vs J Vosselman, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Caruana, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Gambit transposition
D Smerdon vs E Takawira, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Gambit Transposition
D Smerdon vs M Simutowe, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Nb3 line
Movsesian vs N Pokazanjev, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Gambit w black blunder
N Sverrisson vs B J Kristinsson, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Gambit transposition
N Sverrisson vs M Magnusson, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

4...,Bb4+
Kotronias vs R Bellin, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Main Line e5 w 8Nd2
F Vallejo Pons vs Onischuk, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Game in Evolution
I Nepomniachtchi vs Onischuk, 2011
(C45) Scotch Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Bc5, c3, Qf6 variation 1-0
Sutovsky vs Hector, 2003 
(C45) Scotch Game, 27 moves, 1-0

An old Scotch by Tarrasch vs 4...Qh4
Tarrasch vs NN, 1884 
(C45) Scotch Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Another Old Scotch- Annotated by Tarrasch
J Mieses vs Blackburne, 1895  
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs Harrwitz, 1846 
(C45) Scotch Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Well played
Sveshnikov vs I Zaja, 2001
(C45) Scotch Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Sveshnikov vs Onischuk, 1994 
(C45) Scotch Game, 51 moves, 1-0

Rich tactics vs top Russian GM
Maric vs A Lein, 1988
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

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