Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Frankenstein-Dracula Variation

This opening variation can be reached via the Vienna Game and the Bishop's Opening. The name was given by Tim Harding in his book on the Vienna Game, published in 1975.

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4

4. Qh5 Nd6

5. Bb3 Nc6

6. Nb5 g6

7. Qf3 f5

8. Qd5 Qe7

9. Nxc7+ Kd8

10. Nxa8 b6

The move 10...b6 is usually played as it prepares for Bb7 to trap the knight. In return for being down the exchange, black has a strong pawn centre and can also place the 2 bishops on good diagonals.

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