: Need a low-theory, and a simple-to- response to 1.e4?

recommends one of the oldest and most well-tested … the .

Why?

First, White has no way of avoiding the Scandinavian after playing 1.e4. After 1…e5 the game is on!

Second, White has limited options and is forcing the game in a favorable direction.

Third, Scandinavian is a very tactical , and things get tricky White if they don’t know the theory.

Mixing those 3 ingredients and sprinkling with the ‘element of surprise’ gets you a perfect recipe for a high-scoring opening!

FM Neustorev goes a step further and builds this repertoire around a rare 2…Nf6 variation, which requires even more knowledge and precision from White.

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