Winning with 1….e5

We learn something new all the time as long as we remain open. Until yesterday I was one of those people who assumed that after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Black could not reasonably play for a win if all that White wanted was a draw. But now I see that 4…Bd6 keeps the game going.

Here’s a game between two super strong opponents in which Black triumphs with this odd looking move: