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Bird Defense -Part3-A

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0–0 Bc5 6.d3

As I was surprised by the huge theory lines of this variation, I will leave 6.Bc4 for the next article. Also, I like to note that I cut some long variations in order not to make it a too complicated text, and I suggest to you to fasten your seat belt and  turn your engines on, as you are going to face some bizare moves. So hang on.

6…c6

 

 [6...Nf6?! is too provocative.  7.e5 Nd5 8.Qg4 too menacing.;

 6...Qh4?! is very tempting, but with precise play, White can get the advantage. 7.Nd2 Nf6 8.e5 Ng4 9.h3 Nh6 (9...Nxe5? 10.Re1 f6 11.Nb3! and Black will lose a piece.;9...h5 10.Ne4 Be7 is wining for White. 11.Bf4 ) 10.Ne4;

 6...Ne7 7.Qh5 Bb6 8.Bc4 (8.Bg5 0–0 9.Nd2 f6 10.Bh4 c6 11.Ba4 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bb3 Be6) 8...0–0 9.Bg5 with initiative for White.;

6...h5!? is very interesting, a la Morozovitch, and was even played by Bird himself. I recommand to take a look at Part 1 article. 7.c3 c6 8.Bc4 Nf6 9.cxd4 Bxd4 10.Nc3÷]  

 

7.Ba4

 

[7.Bc4?! This is dubious when the d7-pawn is ready to attack! 7...d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Re1+

a) 9.Bb3 Ne7 10.Re1 0–0 11.Nd2 Qd6 Black controls a lot of central squares, not to mention the passive bishop on b3.;

 b) 9.Bb5+ Kf8!? (9...Bd7 of course this is enough for a solid play, but as you know by now, the Bird player can make a walk with his king and play for a win!!) 10.Ba4 Qh4 11.Qe1 Ne7 12.Qe5 Be6 13.Bg5 Qg4 (13...Ng6 is a possible and playable alternative) 14.h3 Ng6! 15.Qxd5 Bxd5 16.hxg4 h5 with a strong initiative for the second player.;

 9...Ne7 is very safe for Black , as the Black dark squares bishop has already freed himself, as was shown by Short with his game against Megaranto in Turin Olympiad 2006.]

7…Ne7

 

[7...Nf6? is too provocative: 8.e5 Nd5 9.Qg4 with a strong inittiative.;

 7...d5 this move is playable, but preferable to make the recapture with a knight a valid option: 8.exd5 Qxd5 (8...b5 9.Bb3 cxd5 10.a4 (10.Qh5 is a reasonable alternative:  10...Ne7 11.Nd2 Qd6 (11...0–0 12.Ne4 Bb6 13.Ng5 Bf5 is very interesting) 12.Nf3 0–0 13.Re1 a5 planning the classical rook shift to the center through a6 14.a4 b4 15.Bd2 Ra6 16.Re5! Be6 17.Rae1 with a slight advantage for White) 10...b4 11.Re1+ Ne7 12.Bg5 Be6 13.Nd2 and White's position is preferable due to the weak Black's pawn structure.) 9.Nd2 Ne7 10.Ne4 0–0 11.Bb3 is very promising for White.;

 7...d6 8.Bb3 a very flexible move

a) 8.f4 f5! produces a very unclear position, which suits Black very well.

 (8...a5?! 9.a3 creates more option for White in the form of b2-b4.; 8...Nf6 9.f5 gives White a lot of space, without allowing any counter play for Black.)

 9.Bb3 fxe4

 (9...Nf6!? deserves attention: 10.Nd2 Ng4 (10...fxe4 gives a certain attacking chance for White: 11.Nxe4! Bb6 (11...Bf5? 12.Nxc5 dxc5 13.Re1+ Kd7 14.Re5 g6 15.Rxc5; 11...Nxe4 12.dxe4 Qh4 13.f5!) 12.Re1! Kf8! 13.f5 d5 14.Nxf6 Qxf6 15.Qh5 Qf7 16.Qh4 and Black still facing problems with his king's position.) 11.Re1 Qh4 the most aggressive (11...Ne3 interesting, no?! 12.exf5 Kd7 normal. No?! 13.Qh5 Kc7 14.Ne4 g6 15.fxg6 hxg6 16.Qg5 Qxg5 17.fxg5 Bb6 with compensation for the sacrificed pawn.) 12.Nf3! (12.exf5+ Kd8 13.Nf3 Qf2+ 14.Kh1 Bxf5 15.h3 h5 16.Bd2 Qg3 no points for guessing who is better here.) 12...Qf2+ 13.Kh1 planning Re2 13...fxe4 14.Rxe4+! (14.dxe4 d3! 15.h3 Qg3! 16.Rf1 (16.hxg4 h5!) 16...dxc2 17.Qxc2 Nf2+ 18.Rxf2 Qxf2 19.Qc3 Bxh3! 20.gxh3 Qf1+ 21.Kh2 Qf2+ 22.Kh1 not a bad result) 14...Kd8 15.Bd2 d5 16.Re2 Re8 17.Rxe8+ Kxe8 18.Qe1+ Kd8 19.h3 Qxe1+ 20.Rxe1 Nf6 21.Kh2 Bd7 with a very slight advantage for White.)

10.dxe4

 (10.Bxg8 it is very dangerous to be materialistic in this type of position. 10...Rxg8 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qxh7 Be6 13.Qxb7 Qb6 14.Qxa8+ Kf7 15.Qxg8+ Kxg8 White grabbed some materials, but  1 bishop is half a bishop, 2 bishops are 3 !!)

 10...Nf6 11.f5 preventing the knight jump to g4 11...d5 12.exd5 (12.e5 great white center, but ! 12...Ne4 13.Qh5+ Kd7 not uncommon ! 14.Qg4 g6!! I like this move very much, as it breaks classical rules 15.Nd2 (15.fxg6+? Kc7 16.Rf7+ Kb6) 15...Nxd2 16.Bxd2 Kc7 17.e6 gxf5 18.Qxf5 Kb6 and the least we can say is that the position is unclear.) 12...cxd5 13.Re1+! Kf7! 14.Bg5 Bxf5 15.Qf3 Bxc2 humm! (15...Bg6 16.Re5) 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Bxc2 d3+ 18.Kh1 dxc2 19.Nc3 with high complications in prospect.;

 b) 8.Nd2 Ne7 9.c3 Bb6 10.Qh5 dxc3 11.bxc3 0–0 12.d4 Be6 13.Nf3 f6 14.Bb3 Qd7 15.Re1 Rae8 16.Ba3 Ng6 17.Nh4 Nxh4 18.Qxh4 Bxb3 19.axb3 Re6 with equal game, as was played by Morozevich against Bacrot, Biel 2004.;

 8...Nf6

a) 8...Ne7 9.f4! f5! transposes to 7..Ne7 line.;

 b) 8...a5 is an interesting move, reaching the same position as Ne7 line with the inclusion of a4+a5 moves.Black is trying to profit from eliminating the defense of the Bb3, the a2-pawn. But ...

 9.a4 Be6 (9...Ne7 10.f4 f5 11.Nd2 is good for White) 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qh3! with initiative for White, as the White's knight can profit from the c4 and g5 squares.;

9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Be6 12.Bxe6 (12.Nd2 is  Kf8 14.Qh4 h6 15.Nf3 Rh7! a la Fischer!! 16.Qg3 g5 17.Ne5 Ra6! 18.Bd2 Re6 19.h4 Qc7 and a position of type (whom is attacking whom) appeared on the board.]  

 

8.f4

 [8.Qh5? doesn't work here: 8...d5 9.Nd2 0–0 10.Nf3 f6 11.exd5 cxd5 12.Bb3 a5 13.a4 Be6 14.Re1 Qd7 15.c3 Bf7 16.Qh3 Qxh3 17.gxh3 Nc6 with an obvious advantage for Black.;

8.Nd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Re1+ Be6 11.Ne4 Be7 12.Bb3 0–0 13.Bd2 Qd7 14.Qh5 f6 15.h3 Rae8 was played between Karpov and Kupreichik during Moscow championship 1976. The Bishop on b3 is very active, but Black has more space and his pieces are well coordinated. Not a bad achievement against the legend!!]

 8…f5

 [8...d5 9.f5 dxe4 10.dxe4 0–0 11.Bb3 Bd6 12.Qh5 with excellent attacking prospects as was shown by spassky against Barua, New York 1987.;

 8...0–0 9.f5 and the attack can play by itself.]

9.Bb3 d5

[9...d6 10.Nd2 Kd7 yes, it is the king on the d7!! 11.Kh1 Kc7 12.c3 Ng6 13.cxd4 (13.Nf3 is slow a little bit: 13...dxc3 14.bxc3 fxe4 15.dxe4 Bg4) 13...Bxd4 14.Nf3 Bb6 a strange position where it is difficult for the human been to formulate a plan. 15.Bd2 fxe4 16.dxe4 Bg4 17.Qc2 Bxf3 The knight was ready to jump to e6 through g5. 18.Rxf3 Qe7 19.Rd1 Rad8 20.Rg3 Rde8 21.Bb4 with advantage to White in Fressinet-Fontaine, French Ch, 2005.]

 10.exd5 Nxd5

 

11.Re1+ Kf8

 [11...Be7 12.Qe2; 11...Kd7 again! 12.Bxd5 cxd5 13.Nd2 Re8 14.Nf3 and White is better.; 11...Kf7! 12.Nd2 Re8 13.Qh5+ Kf8 14.Rxe8+ Qxe8 15.Qxe8+ Kxe8 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.Nf3 Bd7 with a complex ending.]

 12.Qh5! g6

 

13.Qh6+ Kg8

[13...Kf7!? 14.Nd2 Bf8 15.Qh3 Kg7 16.Nf3 and now  16...a5 will reduce White's advantage to a small one.]

 

14.Nd2 Bf8

 

15.Qh3 Bg7

 

 16.Nf3 Bf6

 

 17.Ne5 Kg7

 Black has a solid defense, while White needs to play very precisely in order to transform his small advantage to a larger one.

Karpov,Anatoly (2695) – Kupreichik,Viktor D (2490)

URS-ch44 Moscow (6), 05.12.1976

 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0–0 Bc5 6.d3 c6 7.Ba4 Ne7 8.Nd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Re1+ Be6 11.Ne4 Be7 12.Bb3 0–0 13.Bd2 Qd7 14.Qh5 f6 15.h3 Rae8 16.Re2 b6 17.Rae1 Bf7 18.Qf3 Bd8 19.c3 f5 20.Ng3 dxc3 21.bxc3 g6 22.c4 Nc7 23.Bc3 c5 24.Qb7 Rxe2 25.Nxe2 Qxd3 26.Be5 Qe4 27.Qxe4 fxe4 28.Nc3 Re8 29.Rxe4 g5 30.g4 Re6 31.Re3 Kf8 32.Nd5 Nxd5 33.cxd5 Rh6 34.Bb8 a6 35.d6 Bxb3 36.axb3 Kf7 37.Bc7 Bxc7 38.Re7+ Kf8 39.dxc7 Rc6 40.Rxh7 Ke8 41.h4 1–0

 

Khruschiov,Alexey (2440) – Fontaine,Robert (2531)

Calvia ol (Men) Mallorca (11), 26.10.2004

 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0–0 Bc5 6.d3 c6 7.Ba4 d6 8.f4 f5 9.Bb3 Ne7 10.Re1 fxe4 11.dxe4 Ng6 12.g3 h5 13.Qd3 Bg4 14.Nd2 Ne7 15.Nf3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qa5 17.Rd1 0–0–0 18.Be6+ Kb8 19.Kh1 d5 20.e5 Rdf8 21.a3 Qc7 22.Qd3 h4 23.b4 Bb6 24.g4 Rh6 25.f5 Rxe6 26.fxe6 Qxe5 27.Rf1 Rxf1+ 28.Qxf1 Bc7 29.Qf2 d3 30.c3 Qe4+ 31.Kg1 Bb6 0–1

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