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And calling "It was the best of times" the beginning of a famous Dickens quote hides the fact that it's also the beginning of many other valid English sentences, I suppose.

There is nothing incorrect about the article's statement.

Context is everything, and I think your example only highlights how unhelpful it is to specify that q2-q4 is the beginning of the closed game.

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.

Yeah that's bullshit. If you tell a chess player 1.d4 then d5 is going to be one of the first things that comes to mind. Even if they prefer a different response, like Nf6, d5 is certainly going to be prompted.

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