Agapito's 2... d6 is a solid move which is part of various opening systems. It is rated passive by most computer programs which prioritizes piece development, but it has it merits on over the board play since it prevents a Ruy Lopez wielding White player.Opening database lists 2... Nc6 as the most popular over the years with more than 60,000 games, followed only by 2... Nf6 with Around 7,000 games. Pangatlo naman sa popularity ang 2... d6 with 2,000+ games.
JD's 3.d4 is the #1 move and played In Malakhov vs Bu In Chn-Rus 2010, Polgar vs Bu in Olympiad 2010, And Gashimov vs Seel in Mainz 2010, among others.
It is worth mentioning that the position on the board after the third move has appeared in the game of two World Champions - Fischer vs Fine in New York 1963.
4.Bc4 is the most popular move and has been played in Tal vs Lacourrelle 1966, Fischer vs Fine 1963, Capablanca vs Corzo 1940, Lasker vs Alekhine 1908, among others.
Agapito's 4... dxe5 is the correct capture since Nxe5 would lose the castling right. This shows 15 games in the database and reflects a higher winning perporfance for Black at 47% compared to White's 40%.
The statistics holds true as Black won the game, in time forfeit. But, a win is a win by any other way.
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