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relative to plan/playing style e4 more open lines d4 more closed or semi open if we say that white wants to keep the initiative then a more open game is better that favours e4 but if white wants a more positional game looking to take control of squares d4 suggests itself
e4 and d4 are both good in their own ways
but can anyone explain how and why one move is better than the other?
I personally think they are equal. Both moves control central squares, both allow the bishops out and that's it. It's a matter of personal taste i believe
This topic needs to die and stay dead.
Yes, because you don't run into dragons. I'm scaaarred, of dragons.
i like d4, i have no clue about chess but my layman feel is, that you seem to have control when playing d4.
well at least in queens gambit and slave defense.
*Slav, but it isn't a coincidence that the words are similar as Slav derrives from slave, probably because a great deal of them were slaves in Roman times. I don't know the exact history but heard that somewhere.
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