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Jacques Mieses vs Paul Saladin Leonhardt
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 5, Mar-28
Center Game: Normal Variation (C22)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I've wondered why, in our Opening of the Day, White didn't try 4.Qa4 more often, with the intention of playing a Scandinavian Reversed. This game might go far in explaining why. 0-0-0 might be the losing move, but White was already seriously in arrears with his King side development.
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  profK: Yes the reversed Scandinavian should be OK if white dosen't clog up the queenside and gets his other bits developed..but generally black seems to do better.
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  tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 25. Qe2.

<I've wondered why White didn't try 4.Qa4 more often> The reasoning behind 4. Qa4 is that White usually gets a Scotch Center (White Pe4 versus Black Pd6) which guarantees a spatial advantage. The database suggests that 4. Qa4 is White's best option = Opening Explorer

A better way for White to obtain a Scotch Center is by playing the Scotch game. =)

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