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John Bartholomew quote: "1.e4 is the move you play when you're young, naive, and believe the world owes you something. Open positions, infinite horizons - what's not to love? Well, I've got news for you, buddy: it's a cruel chess board out there. Once the honeymoon period wears off and you haven't refuted that 11 year-old kid's Sicilian Najdorf (to say nothing of that geezer's Petroff Defense), you slowly realize that 1.d4 offers you closed and semi-closed value at 1.e4 respectability. Did I mention that it pairs well with 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 at no extra cost? So, you make the switch. "Hey, this is pretty neat!" you exclaim as the pre-teen prodigies fold like cheap suits and Kramnik stares back at you in the mirror. Sure, you'll experience the occasional pang of jealousy when you see hot-shots flaunting their 1.e4 lines like Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, but never fear. You're in it for the long game, and an undefended king's pawn simply won't cut it."