Advancing the queen's pawn 2 squares is a very common first move in chess at all levels. It's disingenuous to call this the beginning of any one of the specific possible openings in the above list.
There is nothing incorrect about the article's statement.
I think most English speakers would agree that Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities is a notable outlier of what is expected after "It was the best of times." That's the exact work of literature that popularized the phrase.
By contrast, mention q2-q4 to any "chess speaker" and they won't be specifically prompted to think of the closed game at all.