54 ( +1 | -1 ) The Modern Archangelsk Defense against the SpanishI have been thinking of adopting this line in my black repertoire, but it seems like a very unpopular line according to my database....1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bg5 a6 4.Ba5 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5!? It seems to score pretty well for black in my database and I am attracted to it because it is much more aggressive than the closed spanish. But it is not a very common opening at all and I am wondering if it has been refuted recently or if there is a particular line which casts doubt on black's position....Somebody with a stack of Informators out there must know why this line is so rare!!!
69 ( +1 | -1 ) History.Anatoly Karpov NEVER played it in a serious game. Vladimir Kramnik played it once in his 2000 braingames world championship match versus Garry Kasparov and escaped Kasparov's wrath with a draw. Michael Adams used to play it a bit in the 90's and scored amazingly with it (8/10 with black!) , but then mysteriously gave it up. I think there must be something flawed in this opening that I can't find, OR it is just one of those openings which has very little theory yet (true) and so most Grandmasters are unwilling to play it too much since there is lack of study examples. I am still wondering why Mickey Adams gave it up after scoring 8 out of 10!?