If you had to pick ONE b4 or f4 !?

ESP-918

Which you would rather play with white and why 

SNUDOO

1.f4 because it's "weakening" and your opponent will try and fail to refute it. It carries better attacking chances than 1.b4 as well

ESP-918

Interesting 

ESP-918

bump 🤗

TinkleDink

I play 1.f4 exclusively as white and find that it is great because you are almost always going to get a position that you are more familiar with than your opponent.

alpha_zer000

#f4forlife

SNUDOO

hashtag birdgang

KeSetoKaiba

1. f4 isn't as popular as the "main moves" but Bird's Opening is hardly considered that different; besides, 1. f4 can easily transpose into 1. e4 openings and even transposing into the King's Gambit soon is possible, so that is a plus if you play the King's Gambit as White often. 

Personally, I'd probably try 1. b4 happy.png

It is a lot less popular so you may surprise your opponents more than 1. f4 and 1. b4 does come with a few traps. You could call it the "Polish Opening" but I'd play 1. b4 and call it the "Orangutan Opening" - I mean how cool is that story behind the name? grin.png

MaxY634

Maybe b4 a3 Bb2 or f4 e4

KeSetoKaiba

For those unaware of the naming to 1. b4 as "Orangutan" was in March of 1924 (1.b4 was played a few times before then, but it was called the Polish or Sokolsky Opening). In March of 1924, Tartakower was planning his opening choice for the New York Chess Tournament. Upon visiting the Bronx Zoo, he spoke with an orangutan named Susan. The orangutan (somehow, as I am unsure of the details) conveyed to Tartakower that he should begin the game with 1. b4 and so he used it in the event later that month and had good enough success with it that the name "orangutan opening" has stuck ever since happy.png

Andrew_Herques

I have to go with f4, although none of the two are following the key principles of the opening

b4 isn't objective and it doesn't control much of the central squares unlike f4. The problem with f4 though is that you weaken the king's diagonal and sometimes your king can be exposed to threats. 

SNUDOO

That happens with literally all openings where you play f4 at some point. You need to take some risk to get some chances

Preusseagro

If i hd too dicede b4 but both are weak moves

Pawned064

The Key Principles of the game for b4.

Joseph_Truelsons_fan

F4 grin.png

SNUDOO
Preusseagro wrote:

If i hd too dicede b4 but both are weak moves

both are 100% playable.

Preusseagro

playable means not good

pfren

What is wrong with 1.f4? It is a mighty good move, as far as I'm concerned.

ChessChainlinks1
pfren wrote:

What is wrong with 1.f4? It is a mighty good move, as far as I'm concerned.

Exposes the king. How is that good?

Preusseagro
pfren hat geschrieben:

What is wrong with 1.f4? It is a mighty good move, as far as I'm concerned.

refuted by 1. ....e5