No Draws With the Petroff by FM Dennis Monokroussos
It wasn't that long ago Petroff's Defense was the scourge of 1.e4 players, at least at the professional level, and indirectly one for the chess fans who watched them. Now it's the Berlin that has taken the palm, and which has sent the world's elite scurrying off to the Italian Game. But that's the subject for another day. The Petroff still has its loyal advocates, especially in China, but if White finds more brilliant ideas like the one Nepomniachtchi did in this game they may join the rest of the worldwide exodus to the Berlin. Nepo's prep was fantastic, and he won a beautiful game as a result. Enjoy it in its own right, and as a weapon in the anti-Petroff arsenal.