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Re: Sort of GPA via the Bird
Reply #1 - 04/29/08 at 14:11:37
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MNb I thought that it was really sporting of you to turn down my first draw offer so that I was able to play the queen sacrifice.

It was a really interesting game. I played six bird's Openings in the tournament. No-one played 1..e5. Whether it was because they do not trust From's Gambit or whether it was because they did not want to face the King's Gambit is a matter of speculation.
  

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Sort of GPA via the Bird
04/29/08 at 01:32:38
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There have been other threads on the Bird-GPA connection, but I could not find a proper one to place this game. For me the main reason not to play the GPA are the French setups. So I though it a good idea to play it myself as Black, though I am not sure I would have played 4.Nc3 a6, an annoying invitation to the Paulsen-Kan-Taimanov complex. After White's fourth move I was happy to switch to a standard Anti-Closed setup. I think the flexible idea to keep the pawn on d7 for a while quite hard to meet.

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1.f4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e4 e6 4.d3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.c3 O-O 8.Be3 d6 9.d4 f5 10.e5 Nd5 11.Qd2 a6 12.Rd1 b5 13.dxc5 dxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.fxe5 Bxe5 16.Bd4 Bf4 17.Qd3 Bb7 18.Bf3 Qc7 19.a4 Bxh2+ 20.Kh1 Bc6 21.axb5 axb5 22.Rxa8 Rxa8 23.Nd2 Bf4 24.c4 bxc4 25.Nxc4 Qe7 26.Bf2 Rd8 27.Qe2 Bc7 28.Ne5 Ba8 29.c6 g5 30.Bd4 Nf4 31.Qe3 Qf8 32.Kg1 Qh6 33.g3 Nd5 34.Bxd5 Rxd5 35.Ra1 Bxe5 36.Rxa8+ Kf7 37.Ra7+ Kg6 38.Qxe5 Rxe5 39.Bxe5

I enjoyed this game, though I am also a bit disappointed with the draw. But David Flude deserved it because of his resourceful play.
  

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