Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nc3/2...Nf6
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|Vienna Game, Falkbeer Defence|
|Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6|
Vienna Game, Falkbeer Defence[edit | edit source]
As White, you still have designs on playing f4, but Black with their knight sortie has challenged your control of d5. Should you fight back, or ignore this distraction?
- 3. f4: White has had enough of Black's e-pawn, and feels an open f-file would be useful in their later attack.
- 3. Bc4: White again restrains themselves from the committal f4 and places another piece where it controls d5. With a little co-operation from Black, White may now head towards one of the most terrifying opening positions yet discovered...
Less critical alternatives are:
- 3. a3: the Mengarini Variation, preventing Bb4, but this bishop has at least one other good square.
- 3. d3: Having challenged Black to some old-fashioned fisticuffs, White sadistically transposes to a solid King's Indian Attack.
Theory table[edit | edit source]
1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6
|= see 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3|