Interesting games on 1.e4 c5 2.b3...

IM DaenerysT
Jun 29, 2014, 4:23 PM |

These days is it very tough to get an advantage in the opening and many Grand Masters decided to give a try to some sidelines such as 1. e4 c5 2.b3. I would like to share some of the games that I think are interesting. 

During the Chicago Open 2014 I played a very intense game against a well-known Grand Master and 2008 US champion Yuri Schulman.




Even some of the top Grand Masters like Shakhriyar Mamedyarov play 2.b3 line time to time. This interesting game was played between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Loek Van Wely in 2008 in Wijk aan Zee.



Lately 1.e4 c5 2.b3 has been popular mostly in rapid and blitz chess and players are trying to avoid playing it in serious games, but it is a very useful opening to surprise your opponent. Seems like it should be easy for black to find equality but unless players are aware of different positions they can get out of it becomes a hard task to achieve the goal.