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Vienna's Giraffe Assault

Updated: Feb 12

e4 e5

Nc3 Bc5


This opening is similar to zhuraviev countergambit but with the bishop on the c5 square rather than on the b4 square. The difference is now the bishop on the c5 is pressuring the f2 square. In the giraffe attack unlike zhuraviev attack if the pawn on the g7 is taken then it’s already completely lost for white as after a few moves when the rook attacks the queen on h6, the queen cannot return to the e3 square because of the bishop and white queen is almost trapped.

So here, the best way to proceed would be not grabbing the g7 pawn and white might even try castling on the queenside and the game continues with early queen development.

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Qg4 Qf6 4.Nf3 Ne7 5.Qg3 d6 6.Bc4 h6 7.Na4 Nd7 8.0-0 c6 9.Nxc5 Nxc5 10.Re1 Be6 11.Bf1 0-0-0 12.d4 exd4 13.Bf4 Qg6 14.Nxd4 Nxe4

This move might lead to dangerous position for black as white might in a few moves sacrifice the rook for two pieces with the black pawns in an unstable position.

15.Qxg6 Nxg6 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Rxe4 d5 18.Rb4 a5 19.Ra4 b5 20.Bd3 bxa4 21.Bxg6 Kd7 22.Be5 Rb8 23.Bxb8 Rxb8 24.b3 a3 25.f4 Kd6 26.Kf2 Rf8 27.Ke3 Rf6 28.Bd3 c5 29.g4 Rf8 30.h4 Rb8 31.c4 a4 32.bxa4 Rb4 33.Rb1 Rxa4 34.Rb6+ Kd7 35.cxd5 c4

And white is simply a piece and never lost an advantage after Nxe4.

In the Zhuraviev CounterGambit and Giraffe attack, the queen is out in the opening trying to intimidate the black king.Those players who do not work on the sidelines might just think of this opening with the queen as a mistake but once a complete understanding of the position is achieved then players may get to know how to play such opening. But this opening might prove effective against inexperienced players. But against the more experienced players careful analysis of the way to play these kinds of position is required.

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