Unusual Openings Round Three: Horror Story

Posted: 14/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

Round three provoked howls with the fiendish Frankenstein–Dracula Variation, a branch of the Vienna Game. The opening involves many complications, however with accurate play the opening is very playable for both sides. The variation was given its name by Tim Harding in his 1975 book on the Vienna Game, in which he said that the bloodthirstiness of the character of play was such that “a game between Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster would not seem out of place.” The line is seen extremely infrequently in top-level play, mainly because the Vienna Game is seen so little at top-level play. Ivanchuk used the opening against Anand in Roquebrune in 1992 in a game that ended as a draw.  Last night only Daniel managed to secure a win with black, so the conclusion based on club experience is that the opening favours white

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3 Nc6 6. Nb5 g6 7. Qf3 f5


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