The Vienna Game is an chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 The original idea behind the Vienna Game was to play a delayed King’s Gambit with f4. In modern play White often plays more quietly (for example by fianchetto his king’s bishop with g3 and Bg2).
Black most often continues with 2…Nf6. The opening can also lead to the Frankenstein-Dracula Variation. This DVD covers several variations of the Vienna game including the Mieses and Frankenstein-Dracula Variation. IM Vigorito goes into all of the reasons why you may not want to play the Vienna game.
Content: 145 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginning-Intermediate Players.
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IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S.
Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.
LM Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a Ph.D. mathematician, award-winning mathematics and science journalist, and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the ‘Fischer boom’ of 1971-72 and for some reason never quit.
He was the champion of North Carolina in 1985 and 1987 and became a master in 1988. In 2009, Dana received his Life Master certificate from the USCF, and in 2012 was a member of the West regional champion team in the US Amateur Team tournament.
His most memorable game was in 2006, a victory over IM David Pruess, a game later featured as Game of the Day by Chessgames on November 23, 2011. That same game so impressed then-IM Jesse Kraai that he invited Dana to give a lecture on it – on this site, where Dana has delivered more than 100 lectures since.
FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3-time Nevada State champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. He taught philosophy at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, and currently works as a chess coach for kids and adults, both in person and over the internet. He was coach of a team that won the 1997/8 National K-8 Championship and came within half a point of repeating the next year as well. His individual students have been successful too, and include scholastic state champions and a participant in the World Youth Games.
GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001, and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first-ever Grandmaster from Alaska!
IM Valeri Lilov is a young chess talent from the small European country of Bulgaria. He is based in Varna, Bulgaria and has been working as a successful chess coach and lecturer over the internet for more than seven years.
In 2000 in Moscow, Russia, he became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 with the record result of 6,5 out of 7. In 2005, he made a record in the history of Bulgarian chess by achieving 32 consecutive wins in national championships, as well as two magnificent victories in simuls against the top Bulgarian grandmasters, Veselin Topalov and Kiril Georgiev.
In 2008 he achieved his highest FIDE rating and in 2013, the title of International Master.
Why Not to Play the Vienna Game
Run Time: 00:29:07 IM Vigorito
Rules and Sportsmanship: Three Touch – Move Sagas
Nikola Mitkov vs. Alex Ding
Run Time: 00:32:45 LM Mackenzie
Capablanca the Prodigy
Juan Corzo y Prinzipe vs. Jose Raul Capablanca
Run Time: 00:22:26 FM Monokroussos
The Greatest Bullet Game Ever Played
Hawkeye vs. The- Joker
Run Time: 00:21:21 GM Smith
The Mieses Trap in the Vienna Game
Run Time: 00:22:07 IM Lilov
Dodging Frankenstein and Dracula 1963
Kupferstich vs. Andreassen
Run Time: 00:18:11 IM Vigorito
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