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. Amazing video. Thanks for making it 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. [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 *

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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 6:37 bishop to d4 would have been a better move you would have won a queen

  13. 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.

  14. Im just at 20 min video and i go read coments and i must underline that this video is really instructive. Its not the first video of viena game i watch and so i want congratulate you already for this video it is being really good, focused on the matter not diverging. I like watching videos multiple times so the 2nd time you read the same joke or diverging thing sounds like boring and a waste of time. For this kind of videos is just better to just tell the theory and nothing else. Also the pace is good for thinking. But im sorry i know you are doing your best and trying so hard but i got distracted a lot by you looking at the wall (probably reading notes).
    Still give you best congrats for video ! thank you!

  15. 11:09 i literally had the exact same position BUT it doesn´t win the queen… my opponent put his knight on f6 attacking my queen.. i just took his queen, he took mine and then i recaptured on g4 and was up a full piece.. he resigned regardless.. so thank you very much for this great video

  16. The Middle Eastern rap music video sounding intro is so bizarre and out of place.

  17. I naturally open with this most games as white and know nothing about openings. I guess its time to learn how to make the most of it.

  18. Ummmm Ng4 also threatens fried liver so Bf2+ is bad


  20. 47 minutes ago I was a boy now I'm a man

  21. This opening makes me wanna talk about a parents love in an orphanage

  22. Why didn’t you cover g6 in the copycat variation

  23. 23:19 black queen to b8 doesnt work anyalyst failrd to see this because of discoverrd double check is actualy checkmate

  24. 5:45 Why defend a pawn at all if it's attacked 3 times, that should be the question. Certainly not with weakening your structure in any way, that's just silly. You aren't defending the pawn in the first place.

  25. 21:56 there is a very interesting situation there. If Black doesn't capture the knight with the rook, instead moves the queen to e7, computer evaluation shows +2.2. However, the only moves that don't send the evaluation into negative territory are discovered check, then come back with the knight and repeat, basically resulting in a draw! How does White win from that position?

  26. 6:45 could you not just take the queen rather than the rook if it's on a dark square?

  27. 25:30 why don't you take with the knight? It would make a fork with the Queen and the rook. Knight can't be taken because of the bishop

  28. But I do advise engines have advance and there is better moves so if you wanna study this video use engines to find better moves

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