Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nc3/2...Bc5

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Vienna Game
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)


2...Bc5[edit | edit source]

This move allows White to immediately go after the bishop with 3. Na4?!, but that allows Black to take advantage of the undefended a4-knight using the Hamppe-Meitner sacrifice 3...Bxf2+!, named after the Immortal Draw (Hamppe-Meitner, Vienna 1872) Kxf2 Qh4+. It is premature to derail the knight on the rim like this when doesn't have any other piece out.

The game continued: Kxf2 Qh4+ Ke3 Qf4+ Kd3 d5 Kc3 Qxe4 Kb3 Na6 a3 Qxa4+!! Kxa4 Nc5+ Kb4 a5+! Kxc5 Ne7 Bb5+ Kd8 Bc6 b6+ Kb5 Nxc6 Kxc6 Bb7+ Kb5 Ba6+ Kc6 Bb7+. 1/2-1/2[1].

The simple 3. Nf3 gives White a slight advantage, though.[2]

Theory table[edit | edit source]

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1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5

Hamppe-Meitner Motif Na4?!

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.