Qd6 Center Counter Variation

The Qd6 line of the Center Counter Defence is a common and reasonable line for Black. It has become common in chess tournaments over recent years. White has slightly better and more active piece play, but Black’s position is playable. This is a good opening choice for club play.

Diagram: Qd6 Variation of Scandinavian Defence (Center Counter)

The Qd6 line is more commonly seen than the older 3..Qa5 line (Scandinavian Old Main Line), but the Scandinavian Nf6 Variation is much more often seen in modern tournaments.

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