THE SCHEMING SCANDINAVIAN WITH 2...Qxd5 (Andrew Martin)
2 hours 18 minutes. ISBN 0-9542934-2-8.
The Scandinavian Defence (1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5) is hugely
popular at club level, because Black dictates the opening struggle from move
one. In this instructive DVD, International Master Andrew Martin takes the
viewer through all of the basic themes required to play the opening with
confidence - and success. Particular attention is devoted to key strategies for
Black, and major sections end with an easy-to-understand summary. The
comprehensive coverage extends to transpositions, where Martin reveals a simple
method of disarming the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (arising after 2 d4).
Inspirational Games - Running Order - Pawn Structure - Piece
Placement - 2 e5 - 2 Nc3 dxe4 3 Nxe4 Qd5! - Blackmar-Diemer Gambit - Third move
alternatives: 3 d4, 3 Nf3 - Unusual fourth moves after 3 Nc3 Qa5 - Lines with 4
Bc4 or 4 Nf3 - Lines with 4 d4 Nf6 5 Nf3 c6: White tries 6 Bd3, 6 h3, 6 Bd2 -
Main Line with 6 Ne5 Be6 7 Nc4 and 7 Bc4 - 7 Bd3 as in Kasparov-Anand - Main
Line 6 Bc4 - 6 Bc4 Bf5 7 Ne5 - 8 Qe2 Bb4 as in Nunn-Hodgson - Summary
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Quotes from Reviews of the
"Just look at the stunning variety of tactical possibilities
revealed on the video screen... a genuine eye opener. Andrew Martin's
thoroughly professional approach combined with a lucidly effective teaching
technique is a pleasure to listen to and a true bargain for a mere
£20..." Otto Hardy, WEEKEND CHESS.
"Several fellow-players have said to me things like 'I can't
understand why anyone would want to buy a chess video - surely it is poor value
for money compared to a good book on the same subject?'. I think this is to
misunderstand fundamentally the nature of the medium. A better comparison would
be with an illustrated lecture, or even a private lesson; considered in that
light, twenty quid for over two hours of well-prepared tuition from a top-class
coach is actually quite a bargain!" Phil Adams.
"....if ever BBC or ITV introduced a 'Chess Match of the
Day' we could not wish for a more engaging presenter than Andrew who delivers
his running commentary on a string of Scandinavian games in relaxed and
friendly fashion, explaining move after move, tactic after tactic, plan after
plan in exceptionally lucid style. It even seems as if he is answering all the
viewers' questions before they are asked! We hope that Bad Bishop will bring
out more such videos and have no doubt whatsoever that viewers will find The
Scheming Scandinavian a most enjoyable and effective way of cultivationg a
complete defence against 1 e4 - why, even 2 d4 transposing into the
Blackmar-Diemer is covered!" CHESS.
"The camera work is very professional, and the ChessBase
graphic chess board is well made and pleasant to look at.... take two hours and
eighteen minutes of your time and you have enough knowledge to get away with
the Scandinavian defence!" John Elburg, CHESS MAIL WEB SITE.
"Dear Sir/Madam, Just thought I would e-mail you to
congratulate Andy and your goodselves on an excellent video. Pure value for
money ! If the standards set by the first video are maintained I am sure you
will have great success. Are you able to inform me of any forthcoming videos in
the pipeline? In particular I am looking for a repertoire for white (Isn't
everybody !). Thanks." Kevin Bailey.
"More emphasis is now being laid on typical pawn structures
and explaining the key ideas in openings books, and it is welcome that such an
approach is followed here. Martin also explains all of the moves most likely to
be faced at club level, including early alternatives such as the
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with 2 d4. He rightly recognises that many White players
will make use of John Emms' excellent Attacking with 1 e4 and so provides good
coverage against Emms' recommendation of 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5 4 d4 c6
5 Nf3 Nf6 6 Bd2!?. The weaker club player should have no difficulty in learning
a complete defence to 1 e4 in one evening with this specific video." Richard
Palliser, CHESS MOVES.
"Dear chessfriends, Earlier this week, I bought Andrew
Martin's " Scheming Scandinavian" chess video from ' De Beste Zet '
chessbooksellers in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Having good memories of
Andrew's earlier chessvideos - very original, and soaked with an easy to follow
logic - this new video very much responded to my (high) expectations. Now I am
intrigued if you have already planned to do further titles, and what the topics
will be. With kind regards." Gerard Welling, The Netherlands.
"The new company called Bad Bishop Ltd is specialising
wholly in producing chess videos, elucidating key ideas and themes that will
give lower-level players plenty of confidence to quickly take up the opening.
The first one to be launched, namely "The Scheming Scandinavian with 2...Qxd5"
by IM Andrew Martin, is a top-quality item... prospective video buyers will
also be pleased to find a handy pocket-sized booklet, containing around twenty
well-selected illustrative games, included with each cassette." Paul
Motwani, THE SCOTSMAN.
"Andrew Martin is the ideal man to make this video... after
presenting a couple of 'inspirational games' (in which key ideas are discussed)
and looking at skeletons of pawn structure and piece placement, Martin
systematically goes through all the main variations after 1.e4 d5 (including
the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit) and gives good recommendations against all of them.
This video gives the buyer everything he can expect. After watching it, the
reader is reasonably well-equipped to play the Scandinavian in his own games."
Sam Collins, CHESS TODAY.
"As Martin speaks the variations are played out onscreen
courtesy of a large nicely coloured board. I found the video surprisingly
instructive and entertaining, it easily succeeded its aims of pointing out
clearly the ideas and tricks associated with the 1...d5 plan. Many of these
games are from 2002 and thus present recent ideas that have been used in master
play. I really enjoyed the lessons on resultant pawn structures, positional
weaknesses and the Good Knight versus a Bad Bishop." Michael Blake, IECG
"I have to confess I was pleasantly surprised. As a
schoolteacher I have long appreciated the value of videos as a means of
communicating ideas to my pupils... beginners can pick up the basic ideas very
quickly without having to plough through masses of text, and I consider this
first video to be an excellent step in the right direction." Alan
Sutton, EN PASSANT.