I asked after the game the name of this opening, and Daniel said “it’s a nothing opening”, so I feel compelled to name an opening this time – I’ll call it “The Double-Scotch” as White plays a Scotch Game, and then Black follows in suite, keeping the symmetry. I feel like I may have seen this looked at in a book by Larry Evans, and I recall a Nxe5 recommendation and so played it, avoiding playing into Black’s hands with the capture on d5 – sidestep one trick and you get a good game as White.
Oh, this kid’s rating is actually 1171. Same difference. These kids, their rating averages literally a hundred points increase a month. One of the two brothers took out a near 1800 player last night, and the other brother may have beaten an 1800 player. I don’t know, so many upsets. Even Shirley tonight managed to blow a dead won position against Alemaheyu, but it was like a 90 move game where she collapsed at the end.