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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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