"UNDERSTANDING THE SCANDINAVIAN"
[Capture with the queen is less popular. Thus the pawn structure is not damaged, however, the strongest piece standing on f6 looks provocative. 9...Qxf6
(Other continuations don’t equalize.
a) 10...Bg4 looks principled with inevitable “spoiling” of the enemy pawn structure. 11.d5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 cxd5 13.Bxd5 Nd7 (“Pawn-eating” is risky when you are inferior in development. 13...Qxb2?! 14.0–0 Nc6 15.Rab1 Qxc2 16.Be4+/= I could hardly find those willing to play it by Black) 14.0–0–0 (Obviously bad is 14.Bxb7? Qxb2 15.Bxa8 Qxa1+ 16.Qd1 Qxd1+ 17.Kxd1 Bd6=/+) 14...Ba3
[Prosaic behavior doesn’t lead to parity in this position either. 14...0–0–0 15.Be4 Qe5 16.Bc3 Qc7 17.h4 f6 18.Rhg1 g6 19.Kb1 Bd6 20.h5 Doubled pawns “hook
the enemy chain breaking its order. 20...g5 1–0 Landa,K (2662)-Bosch,J (2363)/Rosmalen NED 2014; 21.Rd3+/= ]
15.c3 0–0 16.Be4!+/= 1–0 Shirov,A-Salov,V/Madrid 1997;
b) 10...Bxc2 11.d5 (11.Bc3!?) 11...Qxb2 12.0–0± With huge superiority in development.)
14.Bxb4 Qxb2 15.0–0 Qxb4 16.Rab1 Qa4 with very hazy consequences 1/2 David,A (2544)-Tkachiev,V (2648)/Cannes 1999/) 11...Be7 0–1 Howell,D (2633)-Papaioannou,I (2600)/Porto Carras 2011/ 12.Bg5 Qg6 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.h4+/=]
[a) In case 10.Qe2 at once one should consider pawn loss and act in a gambit style 10...Bxc2
Unusual, for all that, it is not necessary to put the queen in front of the bishop. 11.0–0–0 Advantage in development. 11…Nd7 12.Nh4! Bg6 13.f4! With easily seen desire to play f4-f5. Actually Black has to prevent it 13...f5 but then the g6-bishop is intercepted. Now manoeuvre Nd7-f6 (maybe even further to e4) is on the agenda. 14.g4! Be7 15.gxf5! Bxh4 16.fxe6 with attack 0–0–0 17.Qg4 fxe6 (A bit stronger is 17...Nb6 18.exf7+ Rd7 (18...Kb8 19.f5 +–) 19.Be6 Bf6 unclear) 18.f5! Bxf5 19.Qxh4+/=
1–0 Vachier Lagrave,M (2727)-Hamdouchi,H (2609)/Guingamp 2010)
11.0–0 (11.Rc1 Bg6 12.0–0 Be7 13.Rfe1 0–0 14.Nh4 Re8 15.Nxg6 hxg6 Zhang,Z (2636)-Nisipeanu,L (2592)/Cap d'Agde-B rapid 2000. 16.h4!? with initiative) 11...Bg6 12.Rfe1 Qd7 13.Rad1 b5 14.Bb3 Na6 15.d5! +–
This strike is clear as day, so it is not necessary to put an exclamation mark. While there is gap in development and the black king is still in the centre, White should hurry. Even for such a cautious chess player as the author it is obvious that one must attack regardless of sacrifices. 15...cxd5 16.Bc3 Black has two extra pawns but they are unprotected. Actually, the game is finished by the 15th move already! 16...Be4 17.Bxf6 Rg8 18.Ng5 Nc5 19.f3 Nxb3 20.fxe4 Be7 21.exd5 Nd4 22.Qh5+− 1–0 Negi,P (2638)-Van Wely,L (2691)/Leon 2012;