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Re: the Bird
Reply #4 - 01/26/09 at 10:53:27
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BlkSabb wrote on 01/22/09 at 21:19:46:
I'm surprised that Flear managed to miss 5...Bc5 6 d3 c6 7 Ba4 d6 8 Bb3(the Emms idea) Nf6 9 Bg5 in his analysis in Dangerous Weapons especially since it's supposed to be an idea of his coauthor John Emms and was the recommendation in coauthor Andrew Greet's Play the Ruy Lopez.  It seems like a pretty important idea to leave out of the chapter.



yeah this is a good point, i bought this dangerous weapons book solely on the basis of the coverage of the bird. i think it was really sloppy of them to leave it out. its one of the lines of the bird that causes black most grief. the thing i like about the bird variation is that it leads to interesting and unusual positions. it doesnt seem like it can be quite correct to move the knight twice so soon in the game but there are still areas which are unexplored. there is an excellent thread here on the forum about the bird with a big contribution by Christoph Wisnewski if you do a little searching
  
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Re: the Bird
Reply #3 - 01/22/09 at 21:19:46
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I'm surprised that Flear managed to miss 5...Bc5 6 d3 c6 7 Ba4 d6 8 Bb3(the Emms idea) Nf6 9 Bg5 in his analysis in Dangerous Weapons especially since it's supposed to be an idea of his coauthor John Emms and was the recommendation in coauthor Andrew Greet's Play the Ruy Lopez.  It seems like a pretty important idea to leave out of the chapter.
  
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Re: the Bird
Reply #2 - 01/22/09 at 06:57:14
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I like Black's 5...h5 idea and would call it Blackbird after the famous song of the Beatles - somehow chess, lyrics and music are very harmonious:

BLACKBIRD

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
  
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Re: the Bird
Reply #1 - 01/22/09 at 03:30:01
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The Bird Defense creates lots of problems for White.  GMs don't trust it, though they try it occasionally, and the rest of us can have a lot of fun with it.  The only question is what the best line might be.  In "Dangerous Weapons," Flear recommends the 5...Bc5 line, which has become rather standard theory.  But I now think that the "Modern" 5...c6 followed by 6.Bc4 Nf6 is due for a revival.  See my extensive bibliography for ideas, games, and additional resources:
http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/kenilworthian/2008/11/birds-defense-bibliogra...
Honestly, though, I think Flear's article is sufficient to get you playing the line with success.
  
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the Bird
01/21/09 at 23:30:44
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Hi all,
I am wondering what people think of 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4???  Is it playable? Up to what level?
Thanks,
Zatara
  
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