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Conquer with the Vienna Bishop Variation

Updated: Feb 12, 2023


  1. e4 e5

  2. Nc3 Nf6

  3. Bc4 Bc5



The Bishop’s Variation Opening is seen more often in the top level chess game. This opening involves usually a positional play with no immediate attack on either side. As the position improves, the game gets more interesting positionally.



1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 d6 5.Na4 Bb6 6.Nxb6 axb6 7.Ne2 Nc6 8.Nc3 Na5 9.Bg5 Nxc4 10.dxc4 Be6 11.b3 h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 h5 14.h4 g4 15.Qd2 Qe7 16.a4 Rg8 17.0-0-0 0-0-0 18.Kb2 Bd7 19.Ra1 Bc6 20.Rhe1 Kd7 21.Re2 Ra8 22.Qe1 Qe6 23.Rd1 Kc8 24.Re3 Nd7 25.f3 Nc5 26.f4 exf4 27.Bxf4 f6 28.Rd5 Rh8 29.Bh2 Nd7 30.Rf5 Kb8 31.Ne2 Qe8 32.Nd4 Qg6



A simple move which is blunder as it vacates the key d6 square for the white knight

33.Qb4


A move equalizing the position for both players

Re8 34.Bxd6 Bxe4 35.Rf2 f5 36.Bg3 Ra5 37.Nb5 Ne5 38.Rxe4 fxe4 39.Bxe5 Rxe5 40.Rf8+ Re8 41.Qe7


And the mate is inevitable.


In the Oxford variation,Bishop variation,Breyer Variation,Three Knight's Variation, Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit,Alekhine Variationand Reversed Spanish Opening,unlike some of the previous openings these can be played even in longer formats of the game as they are less riskier and positional to be played and hence played more by the high level of chess players.

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