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. I just watched the Gotham Chess tutorial on the same opening and yours in much more informative. You’re a much better teacher. Gotham is too fast and you explain everything. Just subscribed and will probably unsubscribe to Gotham.

  2. 6:37 bishop to d4 would have been a better move you would have won a queen

  3. This is my favorite opening, even more so that people accept the Vienna Gambit and I have made a massive in-depth lichess study for the Vienna Game

  4. I love this tutorial! It's been hard to find an openings video that explained things not like a Chess 100% glitchless speedrun, but rather a well-explained walkthrough. I've learnt a lot of the Vienna Opening with this and can recite up to like move 29 of a branch of this theory. Thanks a lot!

  5. if black plays knight to A6 the whole thing collapses

  6. Thankyou for the guidance
    Keep the good work Saint Louis chess club kudos 🎀 in good luck from India!

  7. In the line where black accepts the gambit (a deep error), we should look at Qe7 instead of Ng8 initially. It’s a bad move but white can punish it immediately with Qe2, Ng8, Nf3, d6?? and Nd5! Wins on the spot! So black can lose realistically lose in the Vienna gambit after 6 moves. Also in the copycat variation black can play Nd4 after Qg4, which after Qxg7, Qf6 and black isn’t so bad here.

  8. I needed this… as a 900 rated player, I’ve chosen the Vienna as my opening for white. I appreciate this upload. Lol

  9. After blacks Qd4, d3, Be7 why not Be3 and win the queen?

  10. 13:47 Very easy development for white ( …and a full rook 😉 ).
    Great stuff – thank you.

  11. I love the Vienna game. Makes for so many interesting positions and most players don't know what to do.

  12. Looks good, equal treatment with a fair number of ideas for both sides (unlike Levy's treatment.)

  13. Mr Risko, you just make my evening much much much more enjoyable ! From the start to the finish, A +++

  14. Great breakdown!

    After playing the Vienna Gambit and they play pawn to D5 and you both take pawns.. I've heard play queen to F3 before as well but I still don't really understand it.. Especially since even if knight takes knight on c3 the engine recommends taking back with a pawn anyways

  15. sigh no one develops their peices when i pin the pawn they just unpin it with the queen

  16. Excellent presentation and discussion. Thank you. I look forward to more of your chess lessons .😇

  17. Great video, you really stepped up my Vienna Game!

  18. The opening music for these videos is so funny, it sounds like some hard rap beat is about to begin and then it's just a dude teaching chess

  19. FYI, I'm a 1,200 rated player with very little opening experience. Here's my input.

    2:05 – This needs a little more weight. You aren't just developing normally, this is an absolutely crucial knight move to cover Qh4#. If you make absolutely any other move, you're suddenly in a horrible position.

    6:50 – The only thing I've come across not covered is Qe7 to defend the pawn. The best move against this is to move the knight up to Nd5, attacking the queen and threatening the classic fork on C6. After Qd6 (only move), you take the pawn with your queen, force a queen trade, and black has to move his king manually out of check to avoid the fork.

    16:00 – I've played the copycat a few times. Just remember that if they respond with Nf6 to attack your queen, giving up the pawn and letting you capture, THEN capturing the knight you put on D5, you need to remain VERY careful of the bishop protecting against checkmate, as well as protecting the G2 pawn. This is overwhelmingly winning for white, as long as you DO NOT take the knight with your E4 pawn. After scooping the free rook, you need to bring the queen back (with Qg8 to prevent a queen trade that allows him to save the knight) to diffuse the checkmate, protect your rook, and liquidate pieces. If they pressure your bishop in any way, you'll immediately lose the game, and if they take the G2 pawn you will lose your rook and probably the game.

    (I'll update this for my own sake as I make my way through the video)

  20. If they accept the gambit, after they retreat their knight, i play knight f3, then they play pawn g5. What do i do about that?

  21. 1:32 vienna gambit taken but missplayed by white
    4:02 gambit taken and well played by white
    4:59 punishing defending the e5 pawn
    7:05 black correctly give up the e5 pawn
    9:22 Nc6 copy cat variation
    16:05 3.Bc4 d6
    16:54 3.Bc4 Nf6
    18:44 3. Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5
    21:10 interesting middlegame tactic after Bg4
    24:53 Ng4
    26.43 promising position for black!
    27:40 3. g3 (fight over d5 square)
    28:48 Black saved his bishop pair
    30:13 3. f4
    30:44 2. … d6
    31:44 vienna gambit denied. D6 defending the pawn
    32:17 vienna gambit denied. Nc6 defending the pawn
    33:20 vienna gambit denied. Bd6 defending the pawn
    34:18 vienna gambit denied correctly
    35:08 correct play follow up Nc6
    38:36 correct play follow up f5
    41:12 correct play follow up Nxc3
    44:01 draw by repetition

  22. At 30:25, 4…f5? is very strange, when 5. exf5 has to favor White. Surely 4…g5 was intended.

  23. im in front of 2000 on lichess in 2 months is this average is enough for play chess on real local champions

  24. 13:37 Doesn't look so promising to me. White has no targets, both sides need move Pawns to develop Bishops, and White can't Castle. I wouldn't strive for this line

  25. Excellent explanation – thanks very much

  26. The copycat version in the video drove me NUTS!! He has the black king misplaced on f8 when it should be on e8!

  27. 6:36 Qxb6 should be followed by bxd4 discovered check on the king winning the queen. Forget the rook!

  28. Why not Bd4 discovered check and win the queen after? instead of bishop takes g7+?

  29. its amazing how i can watch this at 2x speed and absorb all the info still.

  30. Thanks. I love playing the Vienna. Great posting.

  31. I win so many games with the Vienna gambit. It’s so good

  32. What elo rating range is the Vienna good against? Like obviously it's good against low rated players..but is it good in the 1700-1900 range?

  33. Gotham Chess invented this opening

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