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White is pretty much fighting for a draw at this point.
Off topic and wrong
did you mean black is fighting for a draw
anyone know how to post chess diagrams here:
4...g5 isn't a good move... just tricky. 4...Nf6 is much better.
Didn't Lasker play 4...g5? Then again many examples of relatively poor opening play of his are quite abundant in Crouch's How to Defend in Chess. I personally wouldn't play 4...g5 either as it simply weakens the kingside and like you said there's absolutely nothing wrong with a simple developing move that prepares kingside castling.
For black I think a good plan is watch over the d5 square since d4 is coming or maybe target e3 (since white obviously wants to activate the bishop)? Might be inappropriate to plan right from 4...Nf6 and 5.d4 but white will either be passive or have some exploitable positional holes. 6.e3,c5 with play against d4 is a likely outcome but nothing is guarunteed.
every opening is good if your opponent make the two worst replies. I would trade my f pawn for your D & E pawns any day of the week
Play the from if you want an early attack that will get you quick wins against weak players. A good opening for black below 2100 or against better players if they have not studied it. especially true if you value tactical play over positional. But players who play the black side of the from play it rarely, birds players get to know it back to front. MUCH better ways to play f4
Plus you have to be ready for a King's Gambit (2 e4) so non-open game defenders have an additional problem
Yep. Much better to play a hybrid of a system you normally use, Sicilian dragon, semi Slav or any number of anti Dutch systems but be careful as you are a move down, although strangely sometimes this can be. An advantage.
Another one of the lines of the German Opening
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