1. e4 vs 1. d4

  • #261

    cameroncam67 wrote:

    For Grandmasters, e4 is more popular.

    That's because e4 games lead to more exciting games from which one side will emerge with a clear advantage, rather than a long and boring game of positioning.

  • #262

    Anyone who says that e4 is sharper then d4 should see some KID games (Excluding the fianchetto variation 

  • #263

    Can we conclude that 1.e4 and 1.d4 are absolutely equivalent by measure of objective end result (win, loss, draw)? Unless we are prepared to argue that White wins by force after 1.d4 but not after 1.e4, or vice versa, then we admit that both moves lead to the same end result, assuming best play. Hans Berliner created an opening system using 1.d4 whereas Weaver Adams explored the Bishop’s Opening & Vienna Game. You can find a variation tree of Berliner’s system, some of which has accompanying Stockfish Analysis, at the link below.


  • #264

    e4 for life

  • #265
    This question is only real question for me. As black I feel comfortable when I face to either e4 or d4. However when I play white I don't know what should I play. I used to play e4, but I hate e5, which is possibly leading to Ruy Lopez. I tried to play Vienna or Bc4 to avoid Ruy Lopez but not quite well. So I begin to play d4. So far so good.
  • #266

    e4 vs d4


    i feel d4 is better 


  • #267

    e4 aims for next move d4 and controlling center


    but d4 aims for c4 and attacking on queenside

  • #268

    It all comes down to which opening system you want to mangle.

  • #269

    I don't play either of them generally, but I find that e4 has so many more directions that can be taken in the game that as white one needs to be a lot better prepared.  There are still quite a few variations starting with d4, but no where near as many as white so it is probably better for newer players and those who don't want to learn a lot of opening theory.

  • #270
    Based on GM games, White has a 38% chance to win playing (1.e4) and a 39% chance to win playing (1.d4)
  • #271

    D4, because it fits my style of play much better.   I also like to open with Nf3 sometimes.  

  • #272

    This survey is only a complete waste of time!

    And that's the way I see it! ...

  • #273

    The good thing about e4 is that it allows you to form a non-e4-deficient center (which is a problem with d4).

    The bad thing about e4 is that the Sicilian exists tongue.png

    The good thing about d4 is that it takes 2 squares of the center - the queen is protecting the pawn, hence the extra square.

    The bad thing about d4 is that it also allows Black to seize lots of center squares, making it a fragile position for both sides where a single mistake will destroy your control of the center.

  • #274

    Just a matter of preference.

  • #275


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