From a theoretical backwater to a fully blown main line opening, the rise of the Scandinavian Defence (1. e4 d5) has been nothing short of meteoric. Over the past fifteen years the Scandinavian has become more and more popular both at club and Grandmaster level. It even managed to obtain an ultimate seal of approval when Vishy Anand employed it in his World Championship match with Garry Kasparov!
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 100 - The Modern Scandinavian & Icelandic Carnage
The Centre Counter Defence has experienced an enormous increase in popularity over the last 20 years. Players the world over, from local expert to Grandmaster, appreciate the ease with which one can pick up this method of play and the good results that Black can get.