1.e4 versus 1.d4

This is the longest-running debate in chess. Which is the stronger opening move for white – the king pawn or the queen pawn?

The debate is pointless and the answer is clear: 1.e4 is best.

Because it prevents the Dutch.

Glad I could clear that up.

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9 thoughts on “1.e4 versus 1.d4

  1. re: Your shameless commercialism: You’re welcome :)

    re: The tempo in hand: John Watson says one of the great mysteries of chess is that this approach simply doesn’t work, trying to play black openings with the colors reversed.

    Once upon a time Joe Francis gave me a tempo in the most curious manner: 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4. So now, with the black pieces, I’m essentially white in an exchange French. Bizarre.

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