Bird's OpeningA02

Rawson L.
Morris N.

U625KO Shirley v Kenilworth
Maidford, 2008


A02: Bird's Opening

1. f4 c5 2. e3 last book move 2... Nf6 3. d4 3. Nc3 d5= 3... cxd4 3... d5 4. Nf3= 4. exd4 g6 Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. c3 O-O 7. Bd3 d6 Secures e5 8. O-O b6 8... Bf5 9. Na3= 9. Qc2 9. Qe1 Ba6 10. Bxa6 Nxa6 9... Bb7 9... e6 10. Nbd2= 10. f5 Qe8 10... Qd7 11. Ng5 11. fxg6 fxg6 12. Ng5 e5 13. dxe5 dxe5 13... Qxe5 14. Bf4 Qe7 14. Bc4+ Nd5? 14... Bd5 15. Qb3 Qc6 16. Bxd5+ Nxd5 17. Rd1 Qc5+ 18. Kh1 15. Rxf8+ 15. Rd1 and White takes home the point 15... Na6 16. Rxd5 15... Qxf8 16. b4 16. Qd3!? Qc5+ 17. Be3 16... Nd7 17. Qb3 17. Qd3 N7f6= 17... N7f6 18. Ba3? 18. Nd2!? would allow White to play on 18... Qd8 19. Nde4 Nxe4 20. Nxe4 18... h6 18... b5 19. Be2 Qd6 20. c4 bxc4 21. Bxc4 19. Ne4 19. b5 Qd8 20. Nf3 19... Rd8 19... Nxe4 a pity that Black didn't try this 20. Bxd5+ Kh7 21. Bxe4 Bxe4 20. b5 White has a new backward pawn: c3 20... Qf7 21. Nbd2 Kh7 22. Rf1 Qc7 23. Nxf6+ 23. Bxd5!? should be examined more closely 23... Bxd5 24. Nxf6+ Bxf6 25. c4 23... Nxf6 24. Nf3? 24. Rf2 24... e4 25. Nd4 25. Nh4 desperation 25... Ng4 26. g3 Nxh2 27. Bg8+ Rxg8 28. Kxh2 Qxc3 29. Qxc3 Bxc3 30. Ng2 25... Ng4 26. g3 Rxd4! it's all over 26... Bxd4+?? 27. cxd4 Kh8 28. Rf7 27. Bg8+ 27. cxd4 Bxd4+ 27... Kh8 28. Rf7 28. cxd4 praying for a miracle 28... Bxd4+ 29. Kg2 Ne3+ 30. Qxe3 Bxe3 31. Bb3 28... Qd8 28... e3 29. Rf1 Rd2 30. Bd5 Rxh2 31. Bd6 Qxd6 32. Rf8+ Qxf8 33. Qb2 Rxb2 34. Bf3 Qxf3 35. c4 Qf2# 29. Rxg7 Rd1+ 30. Kg2 30. Qxd1 is not much help 30... Qxd1+ 31. Kg2 Qf3+ 32. Kh3 Nf2+ 33. Kh4 Qg4# 30... Qd2+ 31. Kh3 Qxh2+ 31... Kxg7?? is impossible because of the following mate in 2 32. Qf7+ Kh8 33. Qh7# 32. Kxg4 Qh5+ 32... Kxg7?? has the one big disadvantage in 2 33. Qf7+ Kh8 34. Qh7# 33. Kf4 Qf5+ 33... Qf5+ 34. Ke3 Qf3# 33... Qg5# 0-1 [Fritz 9 (30s)]

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