Queen's Pawn Opening


The queen's pawn opening - 1.d4 - puts a pawn in the center, controlling the important e5-square, and opens the line for the Bc1. Compared to 1.e4, the queen's pawn opening is more suited towards long-term pressure and slower, more positional methods; although of course a sharp attack is also possible.


  • Gains space in the center with a pawn which cannot easily be challenged
  • More long-term pressure
  • Slower, more strategic buildup than 1.e4


  • Less chances of a direct attack
  • Slower kingside development
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