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Dale6122jr

In a recent game,my opponent (white) opened with e4. 

I (black) responded with e5.

White then with h4. I don't  understand the purpose of that move.   In the Opening Principles / Fundamentals lesson,  the narrator disparages a similar move and stresses the advantages of controlling the center. Yet, on review, the engine stated "h4 is good.  It is a fair move"  What would be the reason for such a  move?  Thanks!

AlexMids

Oh was this our game??

CoachRhys
The engine has a tendency to evaluate almost all moves as acceptable during the first 5-10moves of a game if they don’t lose any material because it’s capable of defending even if it’s a few moves behind in development or if it has less centre control and king safety. At a human level however, if we get ourselves in a position where we’re so far behind in development that we have to now find 10 ‘only moves’ in a row in order to survive then clearly we’ve gotten ourselves into a bad position. Beginners need to be cautious evaluating their games with an engine as it can be pretty harmful for their chess development as there are a lot of other way the engine can mislead them about what good chess looks like. Better to find a friend who’s a stronger player, join a club or get a coach.
tygxc

@1

"I don't understand the purpose of that move." ++ It has no purpose.

"disparages a similar move and stresses the advantages of controlling the center" ++ Yes

"h4 is good. It is a fair move" ++ White can afford it.

"What would be the reason for such a move?" ++ None really.

Dale6122jr

Alex, it is.. Glad to see the others agree with me and not accept review engine comments as gospel. Thanks, everyone!

Optimissed

It isn't "good" but it probably doesn't lose.

Black can play 2. ...d5 and get the better game.

...Nf6 is also possible.

Khnemu_Nehep

It's to mess with your head.
Most players get flabbergasted when they face unorthodox openings and they start doing some weird moves as a result.

Dale6122jr

Very true. I've done it myself.

Optimissed

A FIDE 2350 I know played 1. h4 2. h5 to win on on top board against a team I was captaining. Our top board was about 1900 and this guy must have known his opponent played g6 defences. All he had to do was NOT play g6.

magipi
Dale6122jr wrote:

Glad to see the others agree with me and not accept review engine comments as gospel.

Fun fact: those comments have almost nothing to do with the engine. Game Review is chess.com's own invention, only loosely (very loosely) based on engine evaluation.