Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nc3/2...Nf6

Vienna Game, Falkbeer Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6

Vienna Game, Falkbeer Defence edit

As White, you still have designs on playing f4, but Black with their knight sortie has challenged your control of d5. Should you fight back, or ignore this distraction?

3. f4: White has had enough of Black's e-pawn, and feels an open f-file would be useful in their later attack.
3. Bc4: White again restrains themselves from the committal f4 and places another piece where it controls d5. With a little co-operation from Black, White may now head towards one of the most terrifying opening positions yet discovered...

Less critical alternatives are:

3. a3: the Mengarini Variation, preventing Bb4, but this bishop has at least one other good square.
3. d3: Having challenged Black to some old-fashioned fisticuffs, White sadistically transposes to a solid King's Indian Attack.

Theory table edit

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1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6

Four Knights Nf3
= see 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3
Mengarini Variation a3

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