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Vienna Gambit | BRILLIANT OTB Tournament Win! ⚡ Quick Wins #79

Vienna Gambit | BRILLIANT OTB Tournament Win! ⚡ Quick Wins #79

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chess noob Quick Wins! is a series of short videos, to demonstrate very quick wins!  As a beginner, you become aware of the Scholar's Mate and the Fool's Mate, but neither of these show up in real games.  However, there are tricky quick checkmates and wins that occur, even at the intermediate level of chess.

Today's game was sent in by one of my subscribers who played a brilliant game of the Vienna Gambit, Declined 3... Nc6 in a real over-the-board tournament; the Bolton Easter Chess Congress 2024. You know that I love the Vienna, so I had to include this as a quick win; their opponent resigned on move 12.

Those of you who know the Vienna Gambit will know that declining the gambit with Nc6 is a mistake by Black, as the knights will be chased by the advancing centre pawns and by move 6, Black is forced to un-develop their king's knight to g8, and White has a massive centre and a major lead in development.

What happens next is iconic of why the Vienna Gambit is so deadly and so venomous! Black plays a series of understandable moves, but rapidly dig themselves into an ever-deeper hole. It starts with the next move (7... h6?), a mistake. Although it seems that this defends the g5 square, we'll soon see that it doesn't, and more than that, it weakens Black's control of the light square diagonal to their king along the f7 square.

It is likely that Black didn't understand this viewpoint as with their next move (8... f6), the diagonal was practically open. Black's response seems to make sense, fighting for the f6 square so that they could development their knight again. However, it's much too slow...

On move 9, White short castles and is practically fully developed. Black has a single developed knight, in a somewhat awkward position! However, they now make a critical mistake with (9... fxe5), opening the f-file, which White now controls with their rook. White has essentially an unstoppable attack, starting with (10. Bf7+), a bishop sacrifice! Black, broken, is too afraid to even capture the bishop and bongclouds their king instead (10. Ke7). White takes the opportunity to capture Black's hanging knight and Black's king marches forward, bravely, foolishly, perhaps lost, further into the field of battle (11... Ke6). White then plays the final move (12. Nxe5) and Black resigns. GG!

Although there is a checkmate-in-7, this wasn't White’s best move. There is a [+M5] with a very lovely knight sacrifice to open the f-file (12. Ng5!). After the queen captures (12... Qxg5), it has been forced off the back rank, and the king is chased back onto the back rank with checks (13. d5+ Kd6 14. Ne4+ Ke7 15. d6+ cxd6 16. Qxd6+ Kd8), and the f-file rooks delivers the killing blow with (17. Rxf8#)!

Game on chess.com: https://www.chess.com/c/2VQiHBEkv

Hi!  I'm vitualis, the chess noob (aka chessnoob64), and I run the "Adventures of a Chess Noob" YouTube channel and blog.  I'm learning and having fun with chess! 

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