Recently the Vienna Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 has gotten a new boost with the move 3.d4!? After 3…exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd3 White aims to build up promising attacking play with opposite-castled kings. White’s play usually consists of a massive pawn storm on the kingside, but Black should also fear threats in the centre. This relatively new idea has been used by elite players like Dubov and Mamedyarov as well as several other strong Azeri GMs like Safarli, Durarbayli and Abasov. Many strong players have fallen victim to White’s aggressive approach. The position after 5.Qd3 is the starting point of this video series, and all Black’s critical options on move 5 are covered in depth. In this 60-minutes video you will learn how to strike with White by using this popular surprise weapon!


Sample video


  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd3
  • 5...Bb4
  • 5...Bc5
  • 5...d5
  • 5...g6
  • 5...Be7
  • Outro

Open Games

After 1.e4 e5 we have the so-called Open Games. Previously this move order was almost obligatory and this is how some of the most famous games in the history of chess began, such as the Immortal and the Evergreen games. Nowadays beginners learn first of all to play the open games, and it is only in this group of openings that we can come across Scholar’s Mate (2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7 mate). But at the same time 1...e5 is considered to be the most solid continuation of them all and so dominates top level chess.

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