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. oh my god, another hot chess nerd, SLCC is really hiring the finest of them

  2. Im 1500 Viena and Rousseau gambits are the love of my life. But lately i started to get opponents which actually know what they are doing so i came to review the lines

  3. 0:02: ⚔️ Introduction to the Vienna Game and Vienna Gambit, including key moves and strategies for white and black.5:24: ⚔️ Strategic moves in the Vienna Game leading to potential blunders for black.10:40: ⚔️ Defense strategies for the Vienna Game and potential traps for black pieces.16:11: ⚔️ Strategic moves for black in response to white's development options.21:05: ⚔️ Critical move in complex position with multiple threats and potential discoveries.26:08: ⚔️ Analysis of pawn sacrifice and pressure on the king's side in Vienna Game.31:24: ♟️ Strategic pawn sacrifice leads to a strong position and potential initiative in the Vienna Game.36:49: ♟️ Analysis of Vienna Game with active rooks and potential pawn promotion.42:19: 👑 Strategic bishop placement and potential queen pressure in Vienna Game.Recapped using Tammy AI

  4. I haven't watched the video till the end when writing this but in the copycat variation black usually plays g6 after after Q move. And it's unclear why it is bad in this case

  5. I'm 800 Elo and have a friend about the same level who I play with a lot, and he plays 1…e5 probably 90% of the time, and I have tried this opening on him quite a few times since watching this lecture, and won them all, thanks!!

  6. 23:20 if they don't move their king, Rf5 but they would probably move their king because its a sensible move

  7. My friend, that was a very instructive dive into the Vienna. No picking out the most obscure lines, no clickbait. Just real-world-applicable positions and their best moves.

    Thank you kindly for uploading it. Oh, and your name sounds like an 80s action movie B-lister. :)))) Love it!

  8. 3:02 is this not a missed opportunity to bishop b5 if they pawn to c6 bishop to c4 then most times I see pawn takes on e5 push pawn to d4 against almost always they take on d4 then bishop takes f4 of they're greedy and take knight on c3 bishop to e7 check if they take with king bye bye queeny if not you still have a ton of options including putting queen on e file moving knight up and discovery check while putting queeny in danger with knight and again bye bye queeny?

  9. that line that begins around 20:55 when Black plays Ne5 and white sacs the queen is fascinating, I'd love to get that on the board. 2 rooks and 2 bishops vs a bad knight, bad queen and a rook would be a very wild middle/end game

  10. 6:12 why is queen to e5 not an option here?Edit: now that I look at it again its probably cause the other option is much better

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