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Paulsen Power Play in Vienna

Updated: Feb 12

e4 e5

Nc3 Nc6

f4 exf4

d4 Qh4

Ke2 d6

The move …d6 does not call white to an immediate action thereby allowing white to prepare for the onslaught towards its side. Also it enables white to fortify the center.If black player would like to play a slow game creating threats then this is the strategy needed to follow.

1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 e5 3.f4 exf4 4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Bxf4 0-0-0 8.Bg3 Qh5 9.Kf2 Nf6 10.Be2 d5 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.c3 Bd6 14.Qb3 Bxg3+ 15.hxg3 Qf5 16.Rad1 h5 17.Bd3 Qf6 18.Rde1 Be6 19.Qb5 Rd5 20.Qa4

Black is ready with all his forces couping towards the white king.

Ra5 21.Qc2 g5 22.Kg1 h4

Neutralizing some of the pawns giving white a chance for a counter and create constant threat on h4 pawn.

23.gxh4 gxh4 24.Be4 h3 25.b3 hxg2 26.Rxh8+ Qxh8 27.Qxg2 Bh3 28.Qh2 Qg7+ 29.Kh1 Rh5

Provoking white with the move which white misses out.


A single move which reversed the advantage.

Qh8 31.Rg3 Bg2+ 32.Kxg2 Rxh2+ 33.Nxh2 Nd8 34.Bf5+ Kb8 35.Nf3 a6 36.Ne5 Qf6

Allowing white to finish the game with a fork.


In the Fraser-Minckwitz variation,zukertort variation,paulsen defense and soerensen defense, the rule of safety of the king is violated and the king is not moved to safety. So for those players who really feel uncomfortable moving their king to safety, then this opening is not for you. Though it can be implemented while playing a blitz or a bullet game where preparation is really required while playing this game.

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