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the opening characterized by the move 1.f4

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What is the idea behind a d4 e3 f4 pawn setup?

I have seen this particular d4 e3 f4 pawn-setup played a few times, sometimes arising from the Bird opening (as below), sometimes from 1.d4: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w ...
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Bird's opening problems

I've played the reversed Leningrad Dutch for some time, and I have the problem that when I play Nd2, Black forks my rook and queen on f6->g4->e3. I never get to push my e-pawn before Black forks ...
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Bird's opening versus the Dutch Defence [duplicate]

I have played Bird's opening for around a year now, but I don't understand why Bird's opening isn't played as much as the Dutch, even though it is a tempo up. Why is this?
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A little chess joke

I've been studying the Bird's opening, and I wonder if I could launch a surprise with this line f4 d5 2. Kf2?! I can artificially castle, and I can develop naturally. Is this move playable, or just ...
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Why did this game end with a draw?

This game starts with f4 e5 g4 IMO, black has a winning position here. How did it end with a draw?
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How to define a countergambit?

Am wondering if there is a definition of a countergambit. My understanding is, a countergambit happens when one side plays a gambit, instead of capturing the pawn, the other side also sacrifices a ...
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Why white retreats the knight at the beginning of the game?

This is one variation from Bird's Opening: f4 e5 2. e4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. h4 g4 [FEN "rnbqkbnr/ppp2p1p/3p4/8/3PPppP/5N2/PPP3P1/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 6"] The most popular move is Ng1 ...
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Why isn't Bird's Opening at least as popular as the Dutch Defence?

The Dutch Defence is a fairly popular response to 1. d4. So shouldn't 1. f4 (Bird's opening), viewed as a Dutch plus a tempo, be at least as popular?
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How to handle Black's Bc5 in Bird's Leningrad?

I want to learn and play the Bird's Opening, Reverse Leningrad Variation, as White. I'm having a hard time with some aspects of this opening which keep coming up. I want to avoid a Stonewall-like ...
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ECO A03 Bird's opening Dutch Variation for analysis

Here is fen diagram of end game, [fen "3Qk2r/B1p2pp1/p7/4P2p/P4P2/2P4q/2r4P/R2R2K1 w k - 0 1"] I tried few games with Bird's opening today. Chess.com says Bird's Opening Dutch Variation in fact ...
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Main idea of Bird's opening

I want to ask a question about Bird's opening (1. f4). My question is: What's the main idea of this opening? Is 1. ... d5 the best counter to 1. f4? Why 1. ...d5?
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The earliest possible knight fork

I hope it's OK with a question on the fringes of existing opening theory. If white wants to combine pawn moves f4 and b4 early in the opening, he has to be aware of the possibility of black ...
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Bird's Opening and the Dutch Defense

A naturally positional class-C player (c. Elo 1500), I have learned in recent years to push my f-pawn two squares early in the opening, to force myself to play tactical chess. The King's Gambit (...
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