Don’t play it. Yes, you heard me right. Although some sources describe this opening sequence as a “deadly trap”, it can easily turn into a trap for White if the opponent is only half competent. Yes, you can occasionally bring this strategy to success in blitz/bullet games, but the risk of defeat is still high, and there are many safer ways to reach a winning position.
So, why do I write about it at all? It can happen that a cunning opponent will try the trap on you, so it can pay off to know the best answer. Read on and find out how to punish White for this:
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♞c6 3. d4 exd4 4. ♘g5?!
Let’s see how Black seemingly fell into the trap, but then suddenly played a surprising move that totally killed the White’s attack:
If you want to play the Scotch Gambit with further sacrifices, your chances will be much more optimistic if you try Göring Gambit – 1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♞c6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3. Or, just follow the classic line 4. ♗c4.
The Scotch Gambit is a highly tactical opening that requires careful calculation and precise play. If White is not careful, Black can gain an advantage by exploiting White’s weaknesses in the center. However, if White plays accurately and aggressively, the Scotch Gambit can lead to a strong initiative and attacking chances.