Doesn't Nigel Short play this beginner's opening too?
Maybe it's not a beginners open. Nigel Short did play this 8 times with good success. Ivanchuk played it twice. Nakamura played it in the 2009 US Championship to beat J. Freidel (8.Bd3). Fischer used it to beat Bisquier in 1963, then played it at least 10 times in his 1964 simul tour. Even Kasparov played it, 1994 versus Timman.