Chess Development "Bits 'n' Pieces":
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
Because of the turn-by-turn nature of Chess, with White always going first; it's up to Black, as to how long the Symmetrical development continues ... It may be just a couple of moves, or it could be prolonged throughout the entire Opening phase.
However, at some point, with both players eager to outwit each other, the symmetrical patterns will break apart - either with differing positional play and/or the varying nature of captures and subsequent counterplay.
Moving On: Tempo (Page 8).
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