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invincible1 33 ( +1 | -1 )
1. e4 or 1. d4 I was just wondering whether 1. e4 is more popular or 1. d4 on this site. I am not too sure if this has a regional bias !? I some how prefer 1. e4 and feel that it leads to more open and tactical games. 1. d4 on the other and appears to be more positional and often results in long drawn battles. What about 1. c4, 1. Nf3, 1.b4, ....

brobishkin 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Openings... Your feelings serve you well my invincable friend... 1.e4 does lead to more open and tactical games... And 1.d4 leads to what is called a closed game... It is common knowledge in the chess world... 1.c4, 1.Nf3, 1.b4 leads to what we call semi-open games...

macheide 56 ( +1 | -1 )
brobishkin Dear bro,

I agree with you in the general, but remmember that in the begining of his career Garry Kasparov used almost 1.d4, not to say Marshall and Alekhine and Kasparov is and Alekhine and Marshall were tremendous attackers. On the other side, look at the eary career of Anatoly Karpov, he used almost exclusively 1.e4 and most of his games were of a closed and extreme positional nature. I think that all depends on the nature of the variations chosen. You can play a savage Modern Benoni or a super closed Zaitsev-Karpov Ruy López.

Best wishes my friend,

brobishkin 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Mac the knife... Point well taken (and true)... There are no absolutes in the game of chess... But there are "most oftens" and "generals" when stating chess theories... So one could say I was generally speaking on the openings at hand, and most often 1.e4 is an open game, 1.d4 is a closed game, and 1.c4 is a semi-open game... Wouldn't you agree?...


brobishkin 5 ( +1 | -1 )
By the way... You did gererally agree already... Thanks for the pointers...

macheide 26 ( +1 | -1 )
brobishkin bro,

So I agree, that today things are still changing. In the last times Kasparov loves to play 1.e4, and Karpov turned to 1.d4 almost exclusively and left his beloved Ruy lópez and Paulsen Sicilian for the most positional Caro-Kann.

Best wishes,