When you play 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 and then you bang out 3.c4 in a big fat hurry, you crack me up.
You’re a poseur.
So aggressive, this hostile pawn push! So unbalanced! So forceful!
Yes, sure. The reason I laugh is that I know the followup will be 3…Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.exd6. This is a curious fact but it’s true, at least on FICS blitz chess: People who play 3.c4 QUICKLY almost always veer off into the Exchange Variation. Nice enough line, but worthy of a big macho piece-grind? Gimme a break.
People who are going to play gutsy stuff like the 4 Pawn Attack or the Chase Variation usually play 3.c4 much more slowly. Those folks seem to be taking a second to summon up some actual courage, rather than a one-move faux demonstration.