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I can play 1. e4 as long as my opponent does not play 1... c5.

However, I have recently been succeeding in playing 1. d4 despite knowing little to no theory. The only exception is that I am booked up with regards to the King's Indian (as black). I frequently win using it, and even if I play against it I know the plans and strategy, and have no fear playing against 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6.

Every time my opponent plays 1... c5 in response to 1. e4, I die a little inside. Should I give up 1. e4?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Brian Towers, Herb Wolfe, Ywapom, Phonon, Scounged Apr 9 '18 at 0:30

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    Is there something in particular about the type of position that results that you don't like? – D M Apr 8 '18 at 23:46
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    e4 is one of the two most common first moves in chess. Do not give up on it. Instead learn to play against the Sicilian Defense. – Tony Ennis Apr 8 '18 at 23:57
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    If the sicilian is the only thing bothering you about 1.e4 openings there are several options. Either you book up on the main lines, or you start playing sidelines/anti-sicilians; for instance, 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 setups are not unsound and tend to work well on the amateur levels. But since it sounds like 1.d4 is working well for you I see no reason to give that up. So keep up the good work with 1.d4, and stick with 1.e4 if you like playing the resulting positions. – Scounged Apr 9 '18 at 0:35
  • @Scounged Thanks; I really appreciate the advice. – Jossie Calderon Apr 9 '18 at 1:41
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    ...or you could just learn to play against the Sicilian like a real man :p – gented Apr 9 '18 at 9:23

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