1. e4 e6 2. e5 !?
Wacky, but it worked for Steinitz. (;
I once devised my own similar system with 2. e5 !? and then supporting it as much as possible with 3.f4 and 4.Nf3 etc.
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And which other opening gives you a chance to capture en passant already on move 3. (;
@Panagrellus how does it give you a chance to capture en passant already on move 3.
Lol I play this variation in bullet games frequently
@Panagrellus ah. I see.
My "system" involved holding e5 for as long as possible. In proper games, I came unstuck!
What I find spooky about the way Steinitz played this: He often pushes his kingside pawns (f4, g3) - and then castles short.
I don't know how he gets away with this. As the patzer I am, I would go down instantly after giving Black an open flank like this...
I guess 13.Ne3 protects his dark square diagonal towards his castled king. That and 16.Bishop to d4.