Chess Opening Theory/1. f4/1...e5/2. fxe5/2...Nc6/3. Nf3/3...g5/4. d4/4...g4

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Bird's Opening
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 g5 4. d4 g4

4...g4[edit | edit source]

This move continues the plan of Black's 3...g5. He is kicking the f3-knight away. Houdini recommends the passive-looking Ng1 d6 e4!, giving back the pawn. After dxe5 d5 Nce7 Nc3 f5 (Otherwise white gets a bind on the f-file), Bg5 h6 Bh4 Bg7 Bb5+ Kf7 Bc4 Qd6 and both exf5 and Bb5 are good for white. [1]

Theory table[edit | edit source]

5 6 7






Ng1!? +/-

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lakdawala, Cyrus. Bird's Opening: Move by Move. Everyman Chess, 2015.