An Interesting Attacking Plan in the Scandinavian

This last weekend I played a small round robbin in Greenpoint under the auspices of Brooklyn64, and played the following game with my friend Paul Munson. He knew that I liked to play the Scandinavian with 3…Qd6, and so avoided this variaiton by delaying Nc3. I showed the game to Mitch Fitsko, who suggested an interesting attacking idea. The attacking idea is so quick and deadly it reminds me of the Finnish sniper Simo Hayha- a.k.a. “White Death,” who single handedly killed 542 Russian Soldiers during the “Winter War” with the Soviet Union. He supposedly kept snow in his moth to hide his breath from other snipers, and has to have been one of the most deadly snipers in history. In any case-this quick trigger plan in the scando is just as deadly…

The idea involves a quick queenside castle and all out assault on white after the passive Nf3, and Be2 response to the scando- an example would be after the moves- 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be3 Nc6 5.d4 0-0-0… giving us the following position:

Following is my game with Paul Munson, in which both of us played remarkably passively, yet I luckily still managed to win as paul made a mistake in time trouble. It seemed to me as though he should have played Ne5 sometime early in the middle game, and follow up with f4 clamping down on the center of the board.

Another theme in the game is the battle for control over the d5 square. Naturally, in the e6, c6 Caro-Kann pawn structure, if white can attack by simply pushing d5, then black is likely in trouble.