In this week’s installment of Francisco Friday, San Francisco Bay Area Chess Coach Francisco Anchondo plays a delightful variation on a Greek Gift theme. Students of the game should take note that sometimes it’s better to play Bxh2+ and then Ng4 while in other positions, such as in today’s game, the inverse order is preferable.
[Event “Casual Blitz game”]
[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 Nxf3+ 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.Qb3 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.O-O
O-O 9.Re1 e4 10.d3 Ng4 11.dxe4 Bxh2+ 12.Kh1 Qh4 13.Qh3 Nxf2+ 14.Kxh2
For more on the Bird Variation in the Ruy Lopez (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 ) please refer to Francisco Friday for 3/4/2022.