The Icelandic Gambit: An Opening Guide for White & Black

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Quick overview: The Icelandic Gambit is a rare opening arising from the Scandinavian Defense after the moves 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 e6. Black seeks rapid development and the initiative when playing this gambit. White usually accepts the gambit, with 4.dxe6 Bxe6 5.Nf3 considered to be the most challenging line. In other lines, White will […]

Scandinavian Defense – How to Play As White and Black

In many chess openings playing …e5 or …d5 is essential for achieving equality for Black. In light of this, the sooner black plays …d5, the better? You cannot play it sooner than the first move. The Scandinavian Defense (1.e4 d5), or Center Counter game as it is sometimes called, has been around since at least […]