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Which is better 1.b3 or 1.b4?


  • 11 months ago · Quote · #1

    HolyKing

    Any ideas on the same?

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #2

    HolyKing

    Why?

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #3

    LudRa95

    undoubtedly b3.

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #4

    HolyKing

    Why?

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #5

    FirebrandX

    It could be argued that 1.b3 is slightly better in that you'd be able to play a respectable reversed system like the Nimzo-Indian. 1.b3 also allows you to transpose into other lines like the Colle-Zuckertort or certain English opening lines.

    1.b4 on the other hand, is generally considered weak in terms of actually handing black the initiative in the main lines (i.e. when black trades the e-pawn for gain in development).


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