Originally posted by badivan1
Being a 1.e4 player, I will inevitably face the Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6). Can anyone suggest me a good plan?
P.S.: I don't mind sidelines or slightly inferior alternatives.
A main line that gives unbalanced play is:
3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dc3 with the idea of Be3 or Bf4, followed by Qd2 and 0-0-0, then do standard kingside pawn storm in various ways. Its not better than the other main lines (in GM play, it seems to be drawish), but does give play different from the other fairly approaches.
An unsound gambit is:
3.Bc4 Nxe4 4. Nc3 Nxc3 5. dc3 with one idea being 5 ... d6 6 Nxe5 de5 7. Bxf7+. Main line is 5 ... f6 and white needs to come up with some way of continuing the attack. There is play for white, but not enough.
A weird idea Shirov played for a while is
3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. c3 with the idea of Bc2 and kingside piece attack. It seems slightly inferior, but does again give different play than the main lines.