Chess Opening Theory/1. h4
|ECO code: A00|
1. h4 is a rather useless move that does nothing to assist the important central squares. No top masters have ever used it in professional play, although some, most notably Hikaru Nakumura, play it during blitz. It could be said that White has made his position worse, as castling Kingside is now less attractive.
This move is rarely seen among serious chess players.
Black has many decent replies, but normal would be
1...d5 gives Black the center while making 2.Rh3 impossible.
1.h4 preparing for 2.h5 is a variation on the platypus opening. The opening sacrifices tempo for a seemingly pointless positioning of the h5 pawn.
No statistics as 1. h4 is rarely played.
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