Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nc3/2...Nf6/3. Bc4/3...Nxe4/4. Qh5/4...Nd6

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Vienna Game, Falkbeer Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Vienna Game, Falkbeer Defence[edit]

White has had the tables rudely turned on him! White must move the bishop or allow Black to free himself by capturing it. Keeping up the pressure on f7 would be a good idea, and for reasons that will emerge later he wishes to keep d5 free...

5. Bb3

5. Qxe5 is also plausible but is a complete anti-climax; once the queens are exchanged (5. ... Qe7 6. Qxe7 Bxe7) Black's game will be easier by orders of magnitude. If black needs more action, he can try 5. ...Be7 6. Qxg7 Bf6 7. Qg4 Nc6 (threatening Ne5 and Nd4 attacking c2) but after 8. Bc2 Black has about nothing for the pawn (the Knight d6 blocking the d-pawn does not allow a faster development and the king is not safe).

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Qh5 Nd6

5
Bb3
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=
Qxe5
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