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Has anybody some references to annotated games or some 'theory' about
A02, Bird opening's variation 1. f4 f5
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have references to any annotated games, but I have had this played against me in the past. I prefer to play 2. e4 and if black takes the pawn, then play 3. d3.
It seesm a reasonable gambit to me and seems to give interesting games with chances for both players.
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1.f4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.d3
From's Gambit reversed! :) (With an extra tempo for white with which he has pushed his f pawn two squares) Apparently it's not ideal play against Bird's Opening as played by Black, but maybe that extra pawn on f4 makes a difference for White, especially in that line of Lasker's where the bayonet g pawn thrusts forward? It might allow a timely f5, supported by the bishop...?
~ Stephen / pandemona
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Keth Hayward's page
In my investigations of the From Gambit (I sneer at it now! Sneer, I say!), I crossed paths with this correspondence IM--he played the Bird and the Dutch almost exclusively for years and has fairly extensive analysis on his site of some weird lines. Not annotated games, mind you, but nevertheless. The guy also seemed friendly when I dropped him a line, so maybe you can try to contact him. His page is www.geocities.com/drawyah/
His preferred line in the variation appears to be 1. f4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. d3 e3 4. Bxe3 Nf6 5. d4 e6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. a3
May the Bird soar once again!
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Tnx.... I'll investigate...
I've visited FM Keith R Hayward's page in the past - I;ll look if there are some news there...