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Bird's Opening 1 f4 inc. From's Gambit 1 f4 e5 [A02-03]
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1. f4 - The Polar Bear System
As exponents of 1.f4 know, GM Henrik Danielsen is one of the leading experts in developing theory and playing 1.f4. Now he has started a series of video lectures about this opening and you can follow ...

Started 02/07/07 at 10:07:41 by xzibit
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By: le_gars
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1. f4 f5 ?
So now that I'm playing the Bird regularly, I've started running into this response occasionally.
Taylor's "Bird's Opening" book seems to think that the gambit approach (2. e4) is probably not q...

Started 06/07/10 at 15:07:18 by Fromper
10 11915 Last Post 06/13/10 at 12:50:18
By: Stefan Buecker
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1. f4-e5
Just for my information: as a f4 player what would you play after 1.f4-e5:
- 2. e4 switching into the King's Gambit
- 2. fe5 going without fear for the From Gambit

Started 07/06/07 at 07:49:58 by thibdb13
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By: thibdb13
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1.f4 b5!? and 1.b3 b5!?
In his November article about 1.Nf3 h6?! Stefan Buecker mentions that Hugh Myers invented a similar strategy on the queenside answering 1.f4 and 1.b3 with 1. ... b5!?
1.c4 g5?! seems to be dubiou...

Started 01/15/07 at 02:49:21 by FightingDragon
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By: FightingDragon
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1.f4 c5
What should White play when faced with Sicilian type setups against 1. f4?
T.Taylor's suggestion (GP with Be2)?
Proper GP (with Bc4 or Bb5)?
Staying true to the Bird and play e3-lines?<...

Started 06/14/06 at 06:51:22 by JN
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23 14592 Last Post 01/15/07 at 20:26:17
By: pumi
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A Dutch Bird?
I've been toying with the Bird's opening as white and the Dutch as black. However, before I delve too deeply and spend too much time on them I wanted to know what the current opinions and status of th...

Started 05/18/09 at 13:19:55 by halfacreek
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23 16049 Last Post 09/13/09 at 19:08:37
By: Johannes Brahms
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Another Bird question
Except Taylor's book, could someone recommend another book about Bird's opening. About twenty years ago, I read a book called "Holländisch bis Bird Eröffnung" written by Taimanov but I did not find it...

Started 08/14/07 at 18:20:00 by thibdb13
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23 14102 Last Post 08/24/07 at 23:41:38
By: HgMan
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Another Bird question
In playing blitz chess, I encountered an early Bf5 from Black that rattled me a little.  I've seen Black regularly swing the bishop out to g4 or b7, but Bf5 surprised me.  It makes sense, since it fig...

Started 12/09/04 at 22:00:28 by HgMan
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By: HgMan
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Approaching the Bird
Hi all,
In a few weeks I have to play an important game with black against a strong player (dutch rating app. 2150) who seems to play 1. f4. It's a sort of must-win situation and as I fear he is ...

Started 02/22/10 at 21:14:51 by René
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By: René
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Are there any good books on the bird opening?
I am interested in a leningrad reversed opening for white.
Is there any book on this?

Started 12/04/14 at 20:47:42 by battleangel (Ex Member)
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By: Zagorka
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Bird - Black plays d5 and Nc6
On a rapid tournament in Czechia, I faced twice this move order: 1. f4-d5 2.Nf3-Nc6
I eventually won both games but did not feel secure in the opening (I continued on the Leningrad way and in one...

Started 08/11/07 at 17:49:04 by thibdb13
13 8244 Last Post 09/27/07 at 08:12:49
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Bird Call!!!
Spassky Couldn't Do it: Undecided
1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 g6 4. b4 Bg7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Be2 Bg4 7. O-O nbd7 8. a4
Dely Couldn't Do it:  Undecided
1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 g6 4. b4 Bg7 5. Bb2 O-O 6...

Started 06/08/06 at 23:50:48 by Flank Master
5 4708 Last Post 06/20/06 at 21:13:15
By: Gambit
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Bird Double Fianchetto as English Defence Reversed
The Queen Fianchetto Bird (also called Real Bird or True Bird) can be fun to play, but less so if Black follows the modern main line:
1. f4 d5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Bb2 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Be2 c...

Started 02/05/09 at 16:31:11 by linksspringer
2 3240 Last Post 05/29/09 at 15:00:38
By: BirdBrain
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Bird of a different feather
In an earlier thread, John Cox advocated responding to 1 f4 with 1 ... f5.  At the time, I dismissed this move as decidedly weaker, and I still don't put much stock in it, but thought I might share th...

Started 05/29/05 at 11:54:50 by HgMan
2 2595 Last Post 06/03/05 at 18:57:31
By: HgMan
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Bird Opening Sources
This post brings together all those comments made about Bird’s Opening over the years here at I’ve also included other sources as you will see below. I’m hoping others will add to...

Started 02/21/12 at 04:30:00 by Sylvester
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By: Sylvester
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Bird Players to learn from
I am starting to work on a database for birds opening and I am looking to add some of the advocates of it. Famous or otherwise. So far I have Danielsen, Nimzowitsch, Bird and Taylor. Does any one here...

Started 07/11/09 at 18:50:14 by Jormechea
10 6941 Last Post 08/10/09 at 21:00:26
By: Phil Adams
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Bird question (black)
Against the Bird I have never known any theory but played the usual setup Nf6, g6, d5, c5, Nc6 etc. but I can not say I fully understand all the middlegame plans and I find myself spending a lot of ti...

Started 08/04/08 at 17:46:49 by Bocajaka
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By: Black_Widow
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Bird Repertoire
I've recently returned to Bird's Opening as a means of achieving positions less scrutinized by theory. Previously, this involved preparing a line against the From and hacking away at the Classical Bir...

Started 11/29/11 at 17:13:07 by HgMan
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By: Pcal
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Bird repertoire
After playing the Bird in several correspondence games, I'm still trying to sort out how to best use it in my repertoire.  My preference is for playing the Reversed Leningrad, but I have experimented ...

Started 05/29/05 at 12:01:26 by HgMan
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By: Glenn Snow
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Bird vs. Nimzowitsch
A question for Bird players as well as Nimzowitsch players.  After 1.f4 Nc6 i want to know black's best practical chance to play for the win.  I have an interesting system i'd like opinions on.
If white pl

Started 04/22/07 at 07:09:34 by FusterCluck
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By: Viking
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