The Van Geet Attack: How To Derail The Scandinavian

As most of my regular readers know, I’m a fan of offbeat openings. I wrote a post earlier about playing 1.Nc3 here. While this repertoire probably doesn’t appeal to most people because it involves knowing such unpopular lines as the Veresov, Vienna, Grand Prix Attack, Trompowsky and Pseudo-Tromp, there is one part of it that may appeal to even mainstream 1.e4 players. If black tries to play the Scandinavian with 1…d5, white has the move 2.Nc3, which likely will induce most Black players to push the pawn to d4 and enter the Van Geet Attack. (A top secret piece of info is that black should take the pawn on e4, and after 3.Nxe4 Qd5, white has nothing better than to retreat the knight back with 4.Nc3 when a normal scandinavian position arises once again on move 4 instead of on move 2.)

Since I broke my knee in a bike accident, I’ve had a month and a half to study chess among other things, and play online blitz like a banshee, getting my FICS blitz rating up to 1706. From those dozens of games I have produced the following collection of games in which the Van Geet is seen in full effect. The plans are rather simple. Number one, attempt to close the center. Number Two, begin a kingside attack with your knights. Number three, watch as your opponent stumbles under the pressure. Bing, Bang, Bongo. Enjoy.