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Does it transpose easily into the ruy lopez? or are there other complications that black can use to punish whites aggression here?
just play 2...c6
That deprives the knight on b1 of it's optimal square. That could be problematic.
I think this was promoted in the late 1970s & was called the Portuguese Opening. There is no real cure. Efforts to just shoo the B away with c6 lead to positions looking like the Closed Lopez with c3 & d3. So your opponent has found an irritating way to take you out of book.
It's funny that there was a book released here about the opening and considers that white has a slight advantage in most lines, which of course is very optimistic to say the least. A quick glance at the book seemed to indicate that the ways of playing this are quite diverse just like in the Ruy Lopez, but playing with d3 and c3 seemed to be done in many variations and i also found f4 being played frequently, sometimes when d3 had already been played, others in pure King's Gambit fashion. You can also play with Qe2 just like in the Ruy Lopez Worrall Attack as well.
Lastly, there's a Foxy Opening Video on this by Andrew Martin. It's old, but if you're interested in the opening it might be worth checking it out i guess...
you are correct i just looked it up
The Portuguese Opening is a chess opening that begins with the moves:
The Portuguese is an uncommon opening. In contrast to the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5), by delaying Nf3, White leaves the f-pawn free to move and retains the possibility of playing f2–f4. The trade-off is that White's lack of pressure on e5 leaves Black with a freer hand.
If Black replies 2...Nf6, White can try a gambit with 3.d4. Another Black reply is 2...Nc6, possibly anticipating White will transpose into the Ruy Lopez with 3.Nf3, but a more popular try is to kick White's bishop with 2...c6. The game might continue 3.Ba4 Nf6 and now White can play 4.Nc3 or 4.Qe2.
Graham Burgess remarks that it looks like a Ruy Lopez where White has forgotten to play 2.Nf3. However, the Portuguese is not as bad or nonsensical as it first appears, and Black should proceed carefully.
If you are not at master level, whichever opening you will know more than your opponent about is the best opening.
And I thought I had weaknesses in my opening preparation!
It's not automatically a win for black, and has some bite to it, but not a surprize opening I would play if I were in a 1.e4 mood, but only as a matter of style.
Common sense suggests 2...c6 for black when he develops comfortably and has a good grip over the center, but should be careful not to play 3...b5 prematurely if white plays 3.Ba4 since it's committal and extends the pawn instead of developing.
Apparently, this funny looking move is not new. This game dates back to the Roosevelt administration....... and I don't mean Franklin! After 2...Nf6, Schlechter tries the logical looking 3.Qe2.
And this is the game Graham Burgess mentions in his book: Vescovi Giovanni vs Sokolov Ivan . It's really pretty funny. Check it out.
Wow, Vescovi was completely crushed...i guess taking on d5 with such a poor development was a blunder. Take a look at this victory by Damaso.
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