Vienna Game:

The Vienna Game is an opening played by white that starts with 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3. White develops his c3 knight first, keep options of playing either f4 and looking to develop the B-Night to e7. The original idea behind the Vienna Game was to play a delayed King's Gambit with f4, but in modern play White often plays more quietly (for example by fianchettoing his king's bishop with g3 and Bg2). Black most often continues with 2...Nf6. 


Here is a list of the 4 most popular continuations in the Vienna Game:

a) Main Line
b) Falkbeer Gambit
c) Max Lange Defense
d) Mieses Variation

Main Line


Falkbeer Gambit


Max Lange Defense


Mieses Variation

Famous Games with the Vienna Game:

1) Main Line - Berchtenbreiter, M. vs Brendel, B.
2) Falkbeer Gambit - Gara Ticia vs Toth Laszlo
3) Max Lange Defense - Topalov, V. vs Giri, A.
4) Mieses Variation - Khusnutdinov, R. vs Yilmaz, M.