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Master the Oxford Variation: The Strategic and Dynamic Vienna Opening in Chess

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

e4 e5

Nc3 Nf6

f4 d5

fxe5 Nxe4


Oxford Variation can be played as a surprise where after the move d3, the game might actually get heated up as a result of the very aggressive move Qh4 attacking the black king. Though at the first glance white doesn’t seem to have any countering move, white has to sacrifice his king side rook and counter it by trying to grab black’s queenside rook. It’s a double edged gameplay which might be advantageous for those players who dislike one sided gameplay.

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 Nxc3 6.bxc3 d4 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Be2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bb2 Bc5 11.Kh1 Re8 12.cxd4 Bxd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Bh5 g6 15.Qd2 c5 16.Bf3 Rxe5 17.Rab1 Be6 18.Bxd4 cxd4 19.Rxb7 Qa5 20.Qf2 Rd8 21.Qh4 Bxa2 22.Rxa7 Qxa7 23.Qxd8+ Kg7 24.h3 Qc5 25.Be4 Re7 26.Ra1 Ra7 27.Qb8 Qc3 28.Rf1 Ra5 29.Qd8 Be6 30.Qf6+ Kg8 31.Qd8+

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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