I am 16 and expert among my age group at chess at zonal level when I won Gold medal.....
I always play d4 as white first since last 2 years!!
After d4, no matter what my opponent plays I play c4 except in 2 variations:
1) 1) d4 e5 (Englund Gambit)
Then I play e4 instead of c4 and it goes:
1) d4 e5 2) e4 exd4 (when Black captures) 3) Nf3 c5 4) b4 cxb4 5) Nxd4
With this, I have 53 such games in my lifetime till now, and I have won 41, drew 2 and lost 10.
2) 1) d4 c5 (Benoni Defense)
Then I play Nf3 instead of c4 and I have 318 games with cxd4 Nxd4, 252 games with d6, 181 games with b6 and 124 games with Nf6.
Let me give you away all my secrets:
1. d4 f5 2. Bg5
1. d4 d6 2. e4
1. d4 e5 2. dxe5
1. d4 c5 2. d5
@finlip Did you mean 1. d4 f5 2. Bg5
Also, try the sneaky 1. d4 f5 2. Qd3!?
Yes, thanks for the correction. @SavageAntarctican
I have also edited my post now.
@sluump There is also a whole set of opening with 2 Nc3, Zukertort, Colle, Torre. They are not trendy because they don't "press the issue" for white, meaning you can quickly get to a 0.0 evaluation, which delays the struggle, but they are solid and they have a bit of fire. One good point for white: those opening frustrate black, and are not familiar, so you have at least equal chances.
@sparowe14 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 leaves white with a very inflexible position...
Nonetheless, many GMs have played that way, including at least one world champion.
The most common 1. d4 2. non-c4 opening I've seen is the London 🤮🤢
@FlamoToolz The London is just annoying to deal with...
People have been desperate to develop anti-London systems, but there simply isn't one...
Normally when I go d4 I just play the London to the point where it's a bad habit.