Is there a reasonable way for me to start with 1.d4 and be able to push (without gambitting) the e-pawn to e4. I am happy to do this without playing c4 first, and also it is ok if I get this pawn exchanged with Black's d-pawn (or f-pawn) as long as I get a piece (say the knight from c3) to recapture on e4.
Basically, I want my pawn on d4 and my knight on e4.
Is there any logical move order to (almost) force this?
Why is it somehow easier to do this with e and d switched: push 1.e4, 2.Nf3, then push d4.
- the reason I don’t want 1.e4 version is that I want to end up with a pawn on d4 rather than on e4.
- 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 and now I have neither c4 nor e4 pushes. I like the look of this opening but with White I get nothing or even am often worse.