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1. e4 vs 1. d4

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #241


    What I believe now would be:

    For Adults who wants to play reasonable game in short,

    1.d4 is better try. Some of my friends, after I briefly cover some opening principles like development, space, center control,...

    Reinvented the London system and give me a difficult game. What's heartbreaking is I need to design a queen trap to e q u a l i z e my game after a mistake, and still a difficult game for me to holds the queen against night , pawn , rook. Perhaps he is a bright beginner with experiance in other chess-form games.

    Yet after he tried 1.e4 , without knowing any exact lines, you imagine...

    I would say 1.e4 you need more study of early moves, say the correct path to the 5-7 move tybiya, with serous amount of tactical justification or "positional tactics". For 1.d4, the error margin is larger (Visually poor moves are often in fact nice sidelines or even strong system played in weird move order), and allows player to seeks and realize his own goal in more original way.

    I should add that 1.e4 e5 contain nice and easy-to-find material for tactics and quick positional disaster and worthy to study. Yet, studying it and clinging to it are different things!

    Lastly I would illustrate the danger of playing 1.e4 e5 without accquinted to the early lines : 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0

    With the queens still on the board, can one without previous knowledge really play 5...f6, the taboo pawn push, without any doubt? 

    Hope this gives an alternative view to the discussion. Thanks.

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