Chess Opening Query

Feb 2, 2012, 8:39 PM |

Dear patrons of,

A few days ago I was watching a friend of mine play against his father (who I believe has a master rating) and he played an opening that I have seen before but have never used:

(The reason I put two choices for 2 is because I don't remember which side he moved)
I have seen this opening before, as I said, but I have never found a reason to use it. It doesn't seem particularly helpful (to me at least).
Please comment and tell me how wrong I am.
Most sincerelly,