Queen's Pawn (1.d4)

White very often plays 1.d4, the Queen's Pawn opening - and it's easy to see why. The pawn at d4 is protected, and lines are opened for piece development. The resulting games can be all about strategy and maneuvering or even gambit openings; but pure attacking chess can erupt at any time! No wonder the solid Queen's Pawn is a mainstay among top chess players.