That’s an old adage that says amateur chess players need not worry about opening theory, since no one follows the mainlines after move eight anyway. This is perhaps an oversimplication, but it has a grain of truth in it. The game today, though, shows this off perfectly.
By about move 4, we had reached a completely unique position, one you could barely tell was a Sicilian. You could have every opening book ever memorized and it wouldn’t help you. If you knew basic ideas, though, then you could figure out the correct plan without much effort.
This game was a blast to play, and I’m excited to share the following crazy opening. Continue reading