First Steps: The Scandinavian
The Scandinavian (also known as the Centre Counter Defence) occurs when Black meets White’s 1 e4 with 1 ... d5, immediately countering in the centre. White invariably continues with 2 exd5, when Black can choose between two systems, both of which are covered in this book.
Firstly 2 ... Qxd5, which regains the pawn immediately but exposes the black queen early on – a feature that complicates the play for both players. Secondly 2 ... Nf6, which invites White to risk attempting to hold onto the d5-pawn. If White goes down this path then a complex tactical struggle can easily develop.
First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes:
- the basic principles
- the basic strategies
- the key tricks and traps
First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.