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It is noteworthy about the choices of Kasparov and Karpov, considering the styles they were best known for...
Kasparov had an inordinate fear of the Sicilian, IIRC, which may explain his aversion to 1. e4.
I've thought about opening 1. d4... but then I decided that life is too short.
http://chessgames.com/perl/explorer?pid=15940&side=whiteHe didnt exactly avoid e4, he had almost as many games as he did o d4
I play both 1 e4 and 1 d4 ...... why ? I get tired of sicilians ! I play sicilians as black and if I play 1e4 I also face many sicilians. When more than 50% of your games are sicilians the only way to ensure some variety is to play something other than 1e4, OR quit playing the sicilian yourself. Also, I think its good to be able "to hit with both hands" . ( an expression borrowed from boxers )
Agree as variety keeps the game interesting.
Why so many threads on this topic recently?
I play 1.e4 because I HATE 1. d4 d5, but thats just my opinion.
I think its easier to beat the sicilian than to beat lets say... Queen's gambit semi slav
Yeah which variation?
It is the eternal question!
This is a e4 chess site against the few d4 players in reference to the e4 players. So the e4 players are confused when they come across a strong d4 player.
I was just going to say that.
E4 players here mostly! Huh nothing.
When faced against a strong d4 player well nature takes over. This is the only chess site i been where the d4 players were not dominate.
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