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Why isn't Bird's Opening at least as popular as the Dutch Defence?

A good opening for Black seldom is a great choice for White even with a tempo up. Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky discusses reasons for this in his book "The Road to Chess Improvement". One of the main ...
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Main idea of Bird's opening

What's the main idea of this opening? Main ideas for white: surprise weapon as it is rarely played (since it is not all that good) playing the Dutch opening with an extra tempo, but this is not a ...
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A little chess joke

It's a bad move. Sure it would be surprising, but a surprising move is only effective if it's challenging for your opponent to play against (here that's reversed). The only value would be playing this ...
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What is the idea behind a d4 e3 f4 pawn setup?

The Stonewall Attack and the Dutch Stonewall are systems with an easy attacking formation. By Placing the Bd3, Ne5, and the queen on the h-file, white plays for a quick mating attack, even using a ...
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Why did this game end with a draw?

Either the game score is incorrectly recorded or this was a pre-arranged draw, because in that final position everyone beyond basic club level would realize that Black wins with Qh4# (a basic Fool's ...
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A little chess joke

The most important question here is: why? There is no benefit in castling artificially at this stage. There are two reasons people do that: the rook is needed on the a/h file they are forced to. ...
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Main idea of Bird's opening

The two answers have already provided a very good explanations of the Bird's opening. So mine can be viewed as an addition. 1.f4 e5 is a known gambit and is reasonably sound. Followed by 2.fxe5 d6 ...
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How to handle Black's Bc5 in Bird's Leningrad?

Objectively ...Bc5 is not a great move in this line, the main reason being the reply d4, especially if you haven't played d3 yet. The stonewall with a Bg2-fianchetto is not the most aggressive set-up, ...
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Main idea of Bird's opening

What's the main idea of this opening? This is basically white playing what is normally a black defence, the Dutch 1) d4 f5, with a move in hand so the idea is the same - white will develop his ...
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A little chess joke

This move is bad, however, depending on your opponent it has merit. If your opponent is 2100 and above with an understanding of how to break open a position and kill a king then it won't end well for ...
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Why white retreats the knight at the beginning of the game?

The opening is called King's Gambit and is usually reached with a slightly different move order after 1.e4 e5 2.f4.... It used to be popular a long time ago (100+ years) for its potential of wild ...
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Bird's opening versus the Dutch Defence

Even if you play the Dutch a tempo up, you don't have great chances of gaining an advantage (especially if your opponent is completely satisfied with just equalizing). As White you typically want to ...
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Bird's opening problems

You have some options. You could abandon 7. Nbd2 because it allows 7. ... Ng4; the standard choices in the main line are 7. Qe1, 7. c3, and 7. Nc3, much like the regular Leningrad Dutch. If Black ...
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Bird's opening versus the Dutch Defence

From my experience in playing the dutch(leningrad and stonewall) and the bird(typically reverse leningrad dutch), I feel its very tough to get an edge but lets people get a levelled game. You also don'...
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Main idea of Bird's opening

I must quote some thoughts on bird opening from gufeld's book , "1 f4 d5 Avoiding the sharp play of the From Gambit ( l . . .e5 ! ?), Black is ready to play against the Dutch Defence by the first ...
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Why isn't Bird's Opening at least as popular as the Dutch Defence?

It helps to think about it at a very basic strategic level: With white you're supposed to play for the initiative and not induce a weakness on move 1... 1.d4 for example is a safe first step towards ...
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How to define a countergambit?

You're right: a counter-gambit is an opening in which one side plays a gambit, and the other side rejects the gambit with another gambit (i.e. "gambits" the gambit). A popular counter-gambit is the ...
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Why white retreats the knight at the beginning of the game?

Ng5 loses a piece. Nh2 is awful after h5. Nd2 blocks your bishop and it has nowhere to go on the k side to defend. So pretty much Ng1 looks like the best move here.
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Bird's Opening and the Dutch Defense

There may be a psychological element. My impression is that 1.f4 is often played by weaker players, just to avoid the main line "book" that they fear from a strong opponent (although I dont want to ...
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ECO A03 Bird's opening Dutch Variation for analysis

Is early e4 is bound to lost concerning Bird's Theory. Yes, 4. e4 is a bad move giving black a pawn for free. In usual gambit lines you gain something (e.g. lead in development, better pawn structure....
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Main idea of Bird's opening

Most good players do it to avoid other openings like the sicilian. It is not that bad at all. If White plays well the projected outcome is a score of 49.5% for white. White could do better with Pe4 ...
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