Every beginner knows that rapid development is crucial at the start of a game of chess. The opening is all about time isn't it? White moves then Black moves then White then Black and so on and on and on with each side trying to get their pieces out ahead of the other. Whoever's in front in the race has the advantage.
Niggling away at the back of my mind, though, there's a vaguely remembered snippet of a conversation involving some Grand Master or other (Gurevich? Malaniuk?) who when asked something along the lines of,
If you like the Dutch Defence so much why don't you play 1. f4 as White?
That extra tempo is going to hurt me.
* Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Vintage Books 2003