Originally posted by cmsMaster
How about because I play 1.e4 and I want to see some new creative ideas after 1.e4!
Most of the top 10 players play 1.e4 most of the time, and this was true in San Luis. Indeed, with the exception of Morozevich-Svidler, the only deviations from 1.e4 in that illustrious event were Topalov's four 1.d4 games and a single 1.Nf3. One might conclude that he won the event because he was the only player who avoided 1.e4, except that his 1.d4 games were all drawn.
Even Kramnik had been playing 1.e4 the past few years. There is no lack of new ideas involving 1.e4 in top events.
It was refreshing to watch a top event filled with Slavs and Catalans, with the players even reaching the same Slav position in two games, but with colors reversed.
Against Vladimir Kramnik, 1.e4 leads, at best, to equality. The "new" ideas that have sucked the life out of this venerable beginning are the Berlin Defense in the Spanish Opening and the Russian Opening.