A sizzling Saint Nicholas Day present

by ChessBase
12/6/2018 – In northern Germany children last night were polishing boots and setting them outside their front doors, expecting gifts from Saint Nicholas on December 6th. As a northern German company we want to participate in this tradition: today we offer a wonderful new 60 Minutes course by IM Lawrence Trent, The Sizzling Scotch Gambit, to our readers. Just go to the ChessBase Shop and download the course. Today it is fully free of charge!

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The Saint Nicholas Day tradition

This is a day observed in many western countries. It falls on December 5th in Holland and on December 19 in many Eastern Christian countries – in Germany it is December 6th, and we will be celebrating it today. Saint Nicholas is supposed to be the bringer of gifts, and in Northern Germany, where we are located, children will put a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside the front door on the night of December 5th. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight. If you are curious there is comprehensive information on Saint Nicholas Day in Wikipedia or Wellness Mama, from where we got our title picture.

Lawrence Trent - The Sizzling Scotch Gambit

The Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4!?) is a brazen yet utterly sound system for White, who immediately opens up the position, by sacrificing a central pawn in an attempt to assassinate the enemy king as quickly as possible.


You can move pieces on the above board and, in fact, play the opening against a chess engine. Flip the board at any time using the round arrow button in the middle. Take back a move and play something else to change sides.

The sheer number of ways Black can mishandle the position after merely four moves makes this system a weapon that should be part of any first player’s repertoire if they enjoy highly tactical, dynamic positions full of initiative and attacking possibilities.

As with any opening, if Black knows his theory he should emerge with a completely satisfactory position. Yet even at the elite level, there have been a number of casualties, making this an opening that should absolutely be a part of any attacking player’s arsenal.

Lawrence Trent, born in 1986, is an International Master who has represented England in numerous international youth championships (including a seventh place in the U18 WCh in 2003). The Londoner, who has a degree in Romance languages, already has a lot of experience as a trainer. Lawrence has recorded several DVDs and 60-minutes videos for ChessBase. Trent also demonstrated his ability as a commentator on live chess at the London Chess Classic, where he commented on the games of Carlsen, Kramnik and Co. both for the public in the hall and on Playchess.

Get your brand-new 60 Minutes video course by Lawrence Trent. For free only today!

It's simple: if you have a ChessBase Shop account already, click on this link and login. Then click on the red Christmas banner and Lawrence Trent's 60 Minutes course will be added to your downloads.

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