Center Counter Old Main Line

The old main line of the Center Counter (Scandinavian Defence) is where Black plays Qa5. This is less popular now than the Center Counter Qd6 lines, or the Scandinavian Nf6 lines (instead of Qxd5).

Diagram: Center Counter Old Main Line (Qa5)

This Qa5 line is rarely played by grandmasters but is quite playable as a solid Black opening at the club level. The move 3..Qd6 has become more common in club tournaments than 3..Qa5, but other possible Queen moves such as 3..Qd8 are not seen at all.

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