The Scotch Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4) by Nigel Davies is a lively alternative to the Ruy Lopez which has found favor amongst many leading Grandmasters. The top experts in the Scotch include former World Champion Garry Kasparov as well as Alexander Morozevich, Sergei Rublevsky and others. The space White takes early in the game can easily translate into a powerful attack against Blacks king. In addition to this White can often usually some damage on Blacks pawn structure by capturing Blacks knight on c6. These dual aims have certainly been giving Black plenty to think about. On this DVD Nigel Davies introduces the viewer to the Scotch and first shows an easy way to get on board this opening via the Scotch Four Knights (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4). He then goes on to show how this can be built into a World class Scotch repertoire in which Black has more options but also comes under more pressure.
Whilst the presentation is focused mainly on those who wish to play White, Davies also suggests lines for Black. This makes it essential viewing for players wishing to play either color. Video running time: 5 hours.
Nigel Davies has been an International Grandmaster since 1993 and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion. He has had considerable experience in both the Scotch and in teaching club level players.
Nigel Davies: The Scotch Game
Running time: 5 hours
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
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Nigel Davies is one of the more active Chessbase DVD presenters, and that is a good thing for those of us who enjoy this medium of instruction. Davies blends clear explanations and illustrations with a wry sense of humor and sincerity that comes across in his DVD's. Watching this DVD feels like being garced by a series of tutorials by a chess coach who is truly interested in your improvement and understanding. Even the little distractions, like GM Davies needing to push his glasses up on his nose or occasionally checking his notes, come across as evidence of humanness. Davies covers a lot of material here, primarily focusing on the Scotch Four Knights game but also delving into more complex variations.His examination of Black's ultra-aggressive 4...Qh4 is first clear explanation of this line I've encountered. Well worth the price!