The Vienna Game | Chess Openings Explained

Nick Risko teaches all about the Vienna Game in chess, 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3. See how to continue, including how to handle the Vienna Gambit.

C26 Vienna, Falkbeer variation
C25 Vienna game, Max Lange defence
C25 Vienna, Paulsen variation
C29 Vienna gambit, Paulsen attack


  1. The copycat variation is refuted if black plays 4…Nd4! after 4.Qg4. No way is this a close to winning position for white! For example: 4.Qg4, Nd4! 5.Qxg7, Qf6 6.Qxf6, Nxf6 7.Bd3, Rg8 8.g3, c6 and white has zero advantage.

  2. the viena game is simply my favorite, Not many play it which makes it a nice surprise in turnaments.

  3. Ben Finegold is looking good. Did he change his hair?

  4. For the Vienna Game, I like F4, Fx4, NF3, G4, BC4, G5, 0-0, Fx3, Qx3. White is down material but has an amazing position

  5. 13:16 what will I do if black decide to retake with the knight on c6?

  6. I love how you broke down both sides, several options, just everything about your presentation. Almost every video I watched so far goes from white's perspective only and ignores the possibility of you ever having to defend.

  7. @24:23 why is Rd2 worse then the suggested Rb1? Rd2 protects the b2 pawn the same and preps white for Rb6 (pinning black’s knight if black went b6).

    I’m sure I’m missing something but I don’t see it.

  8. I find it really annoying that a number of channels have decided to cover the Vienna in the past couple months. It's much better when my opponents are unfamiliar with it. Please do not cover the Grand Prix against the sicilian any time soon.

  9. Me, an 850, here trying not to lose a game in 10 moves

  10. Beautifully explained Nick. Loved watching this!

  11. The video was really great and comprehensive! I've been watching it again to keep learning different positions. One position that wasn't covered was 2….f4 by Black, protecting the E5 square. Should this be treated conceptually similar to the 2…d4 opening where White should look for a lead in development? Or is there another continuation which is winning for White.

  12. Παναγιώτης Φρεντζάς says:

    @37:15' "this position should be fairly equal".
    You gotta be joking: White is a pawn down, and that passed & extra e4 pawn is extremely dangerous.
    And of course instead of the mechanical 18…0-0 Black can simply play 18…Rf8 and keep his king centralized, which looks like being close to winning. The generic concept is allowing one white rook on the seventh, centralize the king further and create an unstoppable pawn duo by …g5 and …f4.
    Instead of 10.Be3?! white can play 10.Ne2 which is a better move, although I do not think white can claim an advantage.

  13. Thanx a lot fornthis video, a great guide for me as 1400 player.

  14. thank you alot for this great lesson! 🙂 I love playing the vienna

  15. Very clear and thoughtful presentation! Thanks

  16. Thank you. No silly jokes. Just serious chess teaching. You are awesome.

  17. This guy obviously did his homework and preparation for the lecture seriously. Once again proof that you don't need a high rating to be a good teacher. Nice flow to the presentation and delivery. Good job dude!

  18. this should have a kabillion views. I'm on my 5th ⌚

  19. This is so good classical explanation with master and good classical chess music 🎶 👌👍👍👍
    Long well all of you 🙏

  20. Gracias homie. This is amazing and you’re the only one who did it. Good work bro.

  21. @2:00 What if black plays Qe7 pinning the pawn. I'm around 1300 and my opponents keep playing this.

  22. I know this video is a year old, but at minute 6:55 he could've won the queen. If the opponent moves the queen on that dark square, take it with Bd7 discovered check

  23. at 6:30, why not Q – h4 ch? if p – g3, Q – e7, Same for B – g3 Dis. ch., Q -e7.

  24. finally an opening video at a pace I can actually take information in

  25. Such a great guide!
    As a beginner I'm really interested in how to play against Andersen's defence, which is
    1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5

  26. 17:00 probably also important to note that Nf3 in this position runs into Nxe4, and if white plays Nxe4 there's d5 forking the bishop and knight. Doesn't win for black but gives them a slight edge. People at the 1500 level still fall into this

  27. In the Vienna Gambit, you looked only at lines if black plays Qf6 after white Qg4.
    What does white do when black plays g6? That's the move I encounter most.

  28. In the Copy Cat Variation @ 9:36 when White plays Qg4, why didn't you explain the Black response d5? Sure… White plays Qxg7, but you explained everything else. Wasn't this a beginner's class?

  29. 29:44 If black plays Nf6, Bg5 would be a mistake because: Bxf2+ runs into Kxf2, Ng4+, Ke1, Qxg5 and engine gives -2.6.
    But great video with in depth explanation, well done.

  30. Exellent instruction, at least as good as Gotham.

  31. Sir, can you point to videos where you explain openings with the c3 knight after black has moved only one square up?

  32. [Date "2022.11.03"]

    [Round "1"]

    [White "You"]

    [Black "Cpu (12)"]

    [PlyCount "77"]

    [Result "*"]

    1. e4 d6 2. f4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. Ng1e2 Nc6 5. f5 d5

    6. d4 dxe4 7. h3 Bxf5 8. Bg5 Bg6 9. Na4 h6 10. Bxf6 exf6

    11. d5 Ne5 12. Nf4 f5 13. Nxg6 fxg6 14. Bb5+ Nd7 15. O-O a6

    16. Bxd7+ Qxd7 17. Qd4 O-O-O 18. Nb6+ cxb6 19. Qxb6 Qd6 20. Qb3 Qxd5

    21. Qxd5 Rxd5 22. Rf1d1 Rb5 23. Ra1b1 e3 24. Kf1 Re5 25. Ke2 f4

    26. Rg1 Bd6 27. c3 Re6 28. Rg1c1 Kc7 29. a4 b6 30. b4 Kb7

    31. c4 Kc6 32. b5+ Kb7 33. a5 axb5 34. Rxb5 Bc5 35. axb6 Rc8

    36. Rd1 Bxb6 37. Rd7+ Ka6 38. Rb5d5 Rxc4 39. Kf3 *

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