Originally posted by heinzkat
Yes. At least he has more to do with the moves than Philidor, who has never played his pet opening during his career
There is no recorded game of Phildor playing this opening but it's a safe
bet to say he did as he praises it in his writings and he was classed at that time
as the strongest chess player in the world.
Phildor was not his real name, this was his nick name given to him by the
King of France. He was Andre Doucan.
There is evidence claiming he was one Andrew Duncan a farmer from Selkirk
in Scotland whose musical skill found favour in the French court.
Ruy Lopez also said 2...d6 was the best 2nd move because if 2...Nc6
then 3.Bb5 was good for White. That is why 3.Bb5 bears his name.