103 ( +1 | -1 ) Novacane....The scotch is a pretty good opening to get into... It's under-rated and can give two very different types of opening (depending how you are feeling...).
The first is really open game stuff....with something like 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4. Bc4 (you gambit the d-pawn for good fast development...and you'll follow up with with 0-0 and then c3 (if your opponent takes you retake with your knight and find yourself nearly fully developed, and if they don't take, you take (cxd4) and have a nice centre...
The other version goes 4.Nxd4 and often now you'll afterwards play Nxc6 and break up your opponents queen-side pawns...(this is the variation that Kasparov played a bit...)
The Scotch is not considered very menacing by the chess elite, but it is certainly good enough for 99% of the worlds players! (and this way you get away from all those people who know how to play the Ruy Lopez....)
If you feel like it we can have a couple of games to try out the Scotch, you play black in one, and I'll take black in the other...challenge me if you're interested...
27 ( +1 | -1 ) Kasparov - Karpov'The Scotch' was seen in a number of games in world championship matches between Kasparov and Karpov, so it is definitely respectable. I don't know their reason(s) for not playing it anymore.
At the highest level there is a lot of Sicilian lately, and if they finally play 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-Nc6 the follow up is usually 3.Bb5.
23 ( +1 | -1 ) fashionI guess the reason that the "elite" don't play the Scotch anymore is that everyone got used to it. So they try something new. It's always like this. I just wait for the day they pick up the Morra gambit against Sicilian.
3 ( +1 | -1 ) you'll be wating for a long time :-)
41 ( +1 | -1 ) At least one top GM...uses it from time to time. I saw several Michael Adams games with Morra (with mixed success however). He also plays Marshall attack in Ruy Lopez - another favorite of mine:)
But it is indeed unlikely that Morra will be often seen on the top level - though it is big fun to play, with best defence white hardly can hope for more than draw.
39 ( +1 | -1 ) Any opening is goodIf you study it to death and know all the in's and out's. I have great success with the Dutch, d4 f5, both OTB and correspondence. The reason is that I know it better than 95% of my opponents. I may not be a great player, or even a good one, but I win with the Dutch.
Same goes with the Scotch. If you like it, download as many master games with it as possible, and study the hell out of it. Then it will be a good opeining......for you!
31 ( +1 | -1 ) ScotchThis opening is defeatable by black. Hans Berliner said the only opening to play is the Vienna. I am playing a number of King's gambits and Latvians. Nice wide open openings, sometimes on the wild side. But whatever opening you play, know it, and you may have an advantage on your opponent