Strike first with the Scandinavian
by Christian Bauer
Edition : DVD
Biography authors :
Christian Bauer was born in 1977 and has been a chess professional since 1998. In the same year he won the zonal tournament in Andorra. In 1999 he participated in the FIDE World Championship in Las Vegas where he was knocked out in round 2 by Peter Leko.
He’s writing regularly for Europe-Echecs and also has written three books: Play 1...b6, The Philidor Files/Tout sur la Défense Philidor and Play the Scandinavian/Jouez la Scandinave.
Bauer is regularly playing for the national team of France (2nd place at the European Team Championship 2001 in Leon and 3rd 2005 in Gothenborg). He won the gold medal 2011 at the European Team Championships as the best reserve player. He is a three-time French champion (1996, 2012 and 2015) and also became French rapid champion in 2015.
Publisher : ChessBase
Weight : 80 gram
While almost everybody is spending 95% of his opening preparation time on major lines, there are some tricky players including strong GMs (I am not an exception) who prepare for their opponents some side lines, which contain many an underwater reef.
The Scandinavian is a rarely employed opening on the hightest level and guides your opponent on much less familiar terrain than for example the Sicilian, French or any 1.e4 e5 system. This rareness leads to a slow evolution of theory and avoids the need to permanently refresh your knowledge on the latest developments.
After 1.e4 d5 Black fights for the initiative from move one on without any precedent manoeuvring. Despite its bad reputation (which can be advantageous for you), which relies to great extend on the loss of tempo through 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3, the Scandinavian is a reasonable and underestimated opening. It enables Black to alternate between a wild or a more restrained game, having attained a solid position and excellent control over the white squares after the exchange of the b4 bishop against the c3 knight.
Don’t hesitate long and make the Scandinavian your opening weapon.
Video running time: 4 h 49 min (English)
Interactive training including video feedback
Extra: Database with relevant games and a database with analysed theory by the author
Including CB 12 Reader
Minimum: Pentium-PC 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet connection for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.