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Hamper-Mietner Maneuver in Vienna

Updated: Feb 12, 2023


e4 e5

Nc3 Bc5

Na4

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Hamper-Mietner Opening has been played at a GrandMaster level quite frequently, white’s king rolls on the board and a precise play is required to be played by both black and white to stabilize the position. It is a double edged position and a player may sometimes give in to the huge pressure of his king being out in the open or black may give in to the pressure of his lost piece.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.Ke3 Qf4+ 6.Kd3 d5 7.Kc3 Qxe4 8.Kb3

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Na6



A chance for white to improve his position by blockading the queen’s path towardsthe white king.

9.a3 Qxa4+ 10.Kxa4 Nc5+



11.Kb4

A winning procedure would be getting the king into black’s camp further.But….

a5+ 12.Kxc5 Ne7 13.Bb5+ Kd8 14.Bc6

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A Sacrifice!!

b6+ 15.Kb5 Nxc6 16.Kxc6 Bb7+ 17.Kb5 Ba6+ 18.Kc6 Bb7+ 19.Kb5 Ba6+ 20.Kc6 Bb7+ 21.Kb5


And a repetition!


In the Hamper-Mietner Variation,Black has to be ready enough to be able to sacrifice the bishop on the f2 square in order to follow the opening. Even after the sacrifice is made,black should be having the relevant ideas to play this opening. Without the previous knowledge of the sacrifice it is very difficult to be able to get an upper hand in the game. Hence this opening might prove to be quite comfortable for the white player and you might find it fruitful to implement in your game.

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