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For Grandmasters, e4 is more popular.
Anyone who says that e4 is sharper then d4 should see some KID games (Excluding the fianchetto variation
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.
e4 for life
e4 vs d4
i feel d4 is better
e4 aims for next move d4 and controlling center
but d4 aims for c4 and attacking on queenside
It all comes down to which opening system you want to mangle.
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.
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