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The Vienna Gambit

The Vienna Gambit

May 13, 2016, 8:02 PM 0

The Vienna Game is an opening in chess that begins with the moves:

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nc3

White's second move is less common than 2.Nf3 and is also more recent. A book reviewer wrote in the New York Times in 1888 that "since Morphy, only one new opening has been introduced, the 'Vienna.'"

The original idea behind the Vienna Game was to play a delayed King's Gambit with f4, but in recent play White often plays more quietly (for example by fianchettoing his king's bishop with g3 and Bg2). Black most often continues with 2...Nf6. The opening can also lead to the Frankenstein–Dracula Variation.

Weaver W. Adams famously claimed that the Vienna Game led to a forced win for White. Nick de Firmian concludes in the 15th edition of Modern Chess Openings, however, that the opening leads to equality with the best play by both sides. (Wikipedia)


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