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both of them.
AND 1 Nf3... "it depends"?
1.e4 -> never play a endgame.
2.d4 -> always play a endgame.
I used to play 1.e4, but then I realised I was falling asleep too often in my games, especially after 1...e5.
The best way to decide whether you want to start with e4 or d4, is to try those openings in game tournaments.
Playing e4 doesn't mean that your game is going to be only tactical. On the other hand d4 doen't lead only to positional situations. ALL openings require good understanding of tactics, strategy, endgame etc.
The main differences among openings are the various ideas behind those openings and the different pawn-structures.
Don't forget that all great GMs play/played all kind of openings (e4,d4,c4,Nf3) like Karpov, Kasparov, Carlsen
I like 1. e4 because of variety. 1.. c5 becomes sharp and nice, 1... e5 becomes the ruy lopez which is positionally complicated.
I am a fan of 1d4, simply because it is Sicilian-proof. I never like going into the second move of a game with the feeling my opponent knows what the next twenty moves are going to be
D4 = Better for defense.
E4 = Better for attack.
Attack && Defense are equal opposites. Not the tool, It's how it is used.
Which is better?
Neither. Use whatever it takes to win! - Happy Debates!
I play 1.edc4gNf3 and I spend too much time studying. But I don't get bored playing the same thing every time so I think my way is better.
Why can't it be a defense?
Because white goes on the attack on move 1 if he knows what he's doing.
Having been assaulted by d4, I can attest that it is not defensive unless White doesn't have the guts to play aggressively.
D4 is better for defense?!?!??!? it's not a defense,it's a attacking tool and also a positional tool to play as white
You have no idea how patterns work, how positions work, don't bring up the entire elo debate, Point is: D4 Is Defensive. E4 Is An Attack. D4 IS Backed by the queen controlling center and is less pro-active due to E4 Being the best move for White. ... D4 Defensive/Less-Pro-Active. E4/Attack/Aggressive.
I personally believe E4 is the best move for White.
Play it. Play for the win!
Sure, sure. 1.d4 is defensive, Lionel Messi is a goalkeeper, and flying pigs are green. We trust you on all that.
1.d4 because the most common lines are queens gambit (my favourite) and KID which I always play as black against 1.d4. And honestly I don't see how 1.d4 is boring, 1.e4 leads to the four knights opening or the Italian too often (or a similar position) which are both boring and extremely annoying.
It's not the first opening move that's boring, it's the player who makes it boring.
This thread is why opening theory can be a waste of time.
"With 1.e4 i win!!!"-Bobby Fischer
i am a fan of e4 because it is easy to develop all the pieces
I don't care what others play. As long as they move quickly.
I am currently working on novelties for 1.c3 .... that has to be close to worst...
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