TWIC 1134-Open Games
I have been slowly adding Open Games to my repertoire but there is a ton of new literature to go through. GM Shaw is recommending the Scotch against 2..Nc6 in his new book, Playing 1.e4-Caro-Kann, 1..e5 and Minor Lines.
There were some interesting games in TWIC 1134.
The Petroff Defence
5.Nc3 is still popular.
White came up with Bd3/Qe2 instead of Qd2 but got nothing from the opening.
White got a gift later as Black just blundered a piece to a simple tactic.
The Scotch-Mieses Attack
Black held easily in the 8..Ba6 line and showed resourceful play in the equal endgame.
Material is equal but Black took over.
The Italian Game-Slow(c3/d3)
Black gets some additional defensive options by not committing to an early ..d6
Black held on in an action packed game.
Berlin Defence 4.d3 Bc5(C65)
Black was resourceful on defence and won with a nice counterattack.
Spanish Opening-Breyer Variation(C95)
The Accelerated Breyer(11..c5 instead of 11..Bb7) is gaining some momentum. Black does not block the b-file and plays ..Rb8 to support b-file counterplay.
Ipatov played a model counterattacking game and finished with a ruthless kingside attack.