1.d4

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Commentary

  • The Queen’s Pawn Opening did not have much favor amongst chess players until the middle of the 20th century. ‘1.e4’ has been the most played move throughout the history of chess, even to this day. The Queen’s Pawn Game is second in popularity. Gyula Breyer(1892-1921), a prominent player of the early years of the Hypermodern movement, is said to have stated “after the first move ‘1.e4’ White’s game is in the last throes.” His comment suggests that ‘1.d4’ is superior to ‘1.e4’ perhaps because the pawn on ‘d4’ is guarded by the White queen whereas the pawn on ‘e4’ is initially unguarded and subject to counter attack. Similar logic was used by Dr. Hans Berliner who advocated ‘1.d4’ as the correct first move for White in his book The System. Frequent transpositions occur between the Queen’s Pawn Opening and the Zukertort Opening.
  • "13. On the first move it is better to play the pawn in front of the queen (d2-d4) but better still is to play the king's knight toward the centre, occupying the square in front of the bishop's pawn (Ng1-f3)" (Bronstein, p.26).

Computer Analysis

  1. [31] 0.17: 1...e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Nbxd2 0–0 6.e3 d6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0–0 b6 9.Qc2 h6 10.b4 Bb7 11.a3 Re8 12.Rfb1 c5 13.h3 Qc7 14.Re1 Rac8 15.Rab1 cxd4 16.exd4 d5 17.c5 e5 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.Nxe5 ;
  2. [31] 0.18: 1...Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 b6 6.Nc3 Bb7 7.e3 0–0 8.Be2 Ne4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.0–0 d6 11.Qd1 Bb7 12.Nd2 Nd7 13.Bf3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 a5 15.Rfc1 f5 16.Rd1 a4 17.Rac1 h6 18.d5 Nc5 19.dxe6;
  3. [31] 0.21: 1...d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.b3 0–0 7.Bb2 b6 8.Bd3 c5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Rc1 Nc6 11.0–0 Nb4 12.Be2 Bb7 13.a3 Nc6 14.Bb5 Qd6 15.Re1 Rae8 16.h3 h6 17.Bd3 Qe6;
  4. [31] 0.30: 1...c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 e6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.0–0 Bd6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Bxg6 hxg6 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.c4 Bf4 13.Rfe1 0–0–0 14.Rad1 Kb8 15.Bxf4 Qxf4 16.h3 a6 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.Qxe5+ Qxe5 19.dxe5 Nd7;
  5. [31] 0.35: 1...h6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Be7 6.e3 0–0 7.a3 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Nb5 Na6 10.Ne5 Bb7 11.Bd3 c6 12.Nc3 c5 13.0–0 c4 14.Bf5 Nc7 15.h3 Bd6 16.Bg3 Re8;
  6. [31] 0.36: 1...a6 2.e4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.0–0 Ne7 7.c4 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0–0 9.Nc3 Bf5 10.Re1 Nbc6 11.h3 b5 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 h6 14.Qe4 Na5 15.b3 b4 16.Na4 Re8 17.d5 c5 18.g3;
  7. [31] 0.37: 1...d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.0–0 e5 7.b3 0–0 8.Re1 exd4 9.Nxd4 Ne5 10.Bf4 a6 11.h3 Bd7 12.Nf5 Re8 13.a4 h6 14.Qd2 Nxd3 15.cxd3 Be6 16.b4 c5;

Continuations

  • 1...a6 (St. George Defense)
  • 1...b5 (Polish Defense)
  • 1...b6
  • 1...c5 (Old-Benoni Defense)
  • 1...c6 (Caro-Kann Defense)
  • 1...d5 (Queen's Pawn Game)
  • 1...d6 (Neo-old Indian)
  • 1...e5 (Englund Gambit)
  • 1...e6 (Franco-Sicilian Hybrid)
  • 1...f5 (Dutch Defense)
  • 1...f6
  • 1...g6 (Modern Defense / Robatsch Defense)
  • 1...Nc6 (Bogoljubow-Miles Defense / Lundin Defense)
  • 1...Nf6 (Indian Defense)
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Queen's Pawn Opening
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a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 pl f5 g5 h5
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a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 pd b2 pd c2 pd d2 pd e2 pd f2 pd g2 pd h2 pd
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1.d4

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References

  1. Berliner, Hans, The System: A World Champion's Approach to Chess, Gambit Publications (1999), ISBN 1-901983-10-2
  2. Bronstein, David & Furstenberg,Tom. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Everyman Publishers 1997 (1995). ISBN 1-85744-151-6
  3. Danelishen, Gary (2008), The Final Theory of Chess, Phillidor Press, ISBN 978-0981567709
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