Bird Opening

A fun article on the Bird Opening with an enjoyable miniature.

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Continuinbird01-ewg our theme of animals and chess, this month we will bring our attention to the bird opening …

Of course, if you are a student of the game, you might know that there really is a Bird opening. According to MCO14, the English master H.E. Bird (1830 – 1908) played this opening in his heyday during the latter part of the nineteenth century. There is a certain amount of surprise value in using this opening as few people come across it in practical play. Many players adopted it in the early part of the twentieth century including Tartakower, Nimzovich and Larsen.

On the plus side, the opening moves provide a unique pawn structure. The general goal is to achieve control of the dark squares. Here’s a sample miniature from July 22, 1873 in which Mr. Bird pecks apart Oscar Gelbfuhs a Moravian-Austrian chess master.


Bird_1f4Starting off with…

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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