I play the Petroff against 1.e4. Obviously, at IM level and higher, it tends to be overly drawish, and has fallen out of favor at the highest levels recently. (Used to be popular for a while in the early 2000s)
But it works fine at your level or mine, and doesn’t require learning a shitload of constantly evolving theory, like the Sicilian. (Or the Caro-Kann, or even the French…)
The Sicilian Defense is one of the most aggressive openings Black can play against 1. e4, actually…
The Budapest is a response to 1. d4 (Queen Pawn’s opening). I used to play it a bit as a kid, but White has a wealth of powerful responses. I think it’s a lousy opening to play.
Meh, I mostly agree with Nakamura, from what I can tell based on my humble level. Here’s what I wrote to a friend;
"Well, Nakamura is absolutely right about the endgame, and that much is even obvious to someone at my level.
Kasparov was obviously a very strong endgame player, but not the best. There are probably at least a couple DOZEN guys I can name that were clearly better endgame players than him.
I’m not sure about the middlegame. Obviously, Kasparov was one of the 5 greatest middlegame players ever. Was he the absolute best? I can’t tell at my level"
Also, even if Nakamura is an arrogant bastard, he’s nowhere near as arrogant as Kasparov was at his age! (Or now, for that matter…)