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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Bird Hunting Tips, Anyone?

In reviewing my openings in preparation for USATE, I have finally made my way to the question of what to play against Bird's Opening (1.f4)? On those rare occasions when I encounter it, I have been playing the Schlechter's Gambit 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 Nc6, but a review of lines at the French site "L'Ouverture Bird" has been rather discouraging. And I have to ask myself, "Why play something risky against somebody foolish enough to play 1.f4 anyway?" There is always Kasparov's choice (see Romanishin - Kasparov, Leningrad 1976) of 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.b3 Nbd7 5.Bb2 c6 6.Be2 Qc7 7.O-O Bxf3 8.Bxf3 e5, which looks reasonable.

What do Bird player's fear? What do you play against this? What would Don do? Or, what would Don rather you didn't? :-)

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I think 1...d5 is what white most wants to see. Check out this great game! I heard that the game caused Taylor to re-write a chapter in his Bird book.
Re: Taylor - Hermansen: Got to love the piece sac and the influence of the Bishop on the long diagonal... And I would love to play a fianchetto sort of thing (since I am going KID in some lines), but I'm afraid fellows like Don at our club are going to play 1.f4 g6 2.e4! on me and pretty soon we are in an Austrian Attack Pirc. Same with 1...d6, against which I myself sometimes play 1.e4 d6 2.f4!? as a way of discouraging transpositions to the Philidor and introducing some interesting traps -- on my way to an Austrian Pirc. Maybe 1.f4 g6 2.e4 d5!? is an idea though... I am going to give it some thought.

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