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Bird Defense -Part3-B

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0–0 Bc5 6.Bc4

 This is considered the more precise move order. White is threatening Bxf7+ followed by Qh5+ and QxBc5

 6…d6

 

[An interesting idea, a la Morozovitch, is:

 6...h5!?

eliminating any Qh5 idea from White's agenda. It produces an unclear and complicated game, and believe it or not, was played by Bird himself in 1883 against Winawer!!

7.d3

(7.c3 c6 8.cxd4 (8.d3 Ne7 (8...d5 9.exd5 cxd5 10.Bb5+ Kf8 11.cxd4 Bxd4 12.Qa4 Bf6 13.d4+=) 9.Nd2 dxc3 (9...d5 this idea is very interesting, as it can lead to produce double-white-pawns in the Centre, one of the standard motifs in the Bird 10.exd5 cxd5 11.Nb3 Bb6 12.Bb5+ Bd7 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7) 10.bxc3 d5 11.exd5 cxd5 12.Bb5+ Bd7 13.Rb1 Can White profit from the weakness of the h5 pawn? This needs to be tested in real games, not just analysis.) 8...Bxd4 9.Nc3 d6 (9...Nf6 10.Ne2 Bb6 11.e5 d5 12.Bb3 Ng8 13.d4 Bg4 14.f3 Be6 15.Bc2 Ne7 16.Bg5 was Leko-Morozevitch, Moscow rapid 2002. It is nearly always that Leko is better after all his opening moves!!) 10.d3 (10.Ne2 Possible to play here: 10...Bb6 11.d4) 10...Nf6 11.Be3 Bxe3 12.fxe3 d5 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Bb5+ Kf8 15.Qd2 Qb6 16.Rf4 Be6 17.Ba4 Ng4 18.Re1 g5 19.Rd4 Qd6 20.g3 h4 with a very dangerous attack leaded by Moro against Naer in Moscow 1992.)

 7...c6  

 

(7...d6 8.c3!)

 

 8.Qf3 Qf6 (8...Qe7!?)

9.Qxf6 gxf6 with complicated position, but not:(9...Nxf6?! 10.e5 d5 11.exf6 dxc4 12.fxg7 Rg8 13.Re1+ Be6 14.Bh6±) ]  

 

7.d3

 

 A normal move, but possible also to play:

 [7.c3 c6! a strong move, as the alternatives don't lead to equality: (7...Nf6?! 8.cxd4 Bxd4 9.Qa4+ Kf8 10.Nc3; 7...Qf6?! 8.Na3 Bxa3 9.Qa4+ Bd7 10.Qxa3) 8.d3 (8.b4 Bb6 9.Qb3 Qf6 10.Bb2 Nh6 11.Na3?! nearly all the white pieces are now on the queen side. 11...d3!! 12.h3 (12.Kh1 Ng4 13.f3 Nxh2; 12.Qd1 Bg4 13.Qe1 Be2) 12...Qf4 13.Qd1 (13.Kh1 Bxf2)

13...Bxh3!! winning!!) 8...Nf6 9.Nd2 0–0 10.cxd4 Bg4 11.Nf3 Bxd4 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 d5 14.Bb3 Re8 and Black obtained an easy game;

7.b4 Bb6 (7...Bxb4 8.c3 (8.Qh5 Qd7 9.Bxf7+ Qxf7 10.Qb5+ Qd7 11.Qxb4 c5) 8...Bc5 9.Bb2 with a very slight edge for White.) 8.a4 a6 9.Ra3 Nf6 10.Rg3 Nxe4 11.Re1 d5 12.Qh5 This leads to perpetual: (12.Rxg7 Qf6 13.Rxe4+? (13.Bxd5) 13...dxe4 14.Rxf7 Qg6 with a better game, as was shown in Zulfugarli-Naer, Bydgoszcz 1999.) 12...0–0 13.Rxe4 dxe4 14.Qh6 g6 15.Rxg6+ hxg6 16.Qxg6+ Kh8 17.Qh6+;

7.Qh5? is playing in Black's hands: 7...Qe7 8.d3 Nf6 9.Qh4 Be6 See Zhigalko-Mamedyarov game at the end of the article.]

 

7…Ne7

 

 [7...Qh4 8.Nd2 Nf6 9.f4 Be6 10.Nf3 is better for White.; 7...Be6 8.Bxe6 fxe6 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qe2 Qe7 11.Nd2 Nh6 12.Nb3 Nf7 13.Nxc5 dxc5 14.Bd2 is also a little better for White;

7...Nf6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Bg4 (10...Ng4 11.h3 Ne5 12.Bb3 Be6 13.Qh5 Bxb3 14.axb3 Qf6 15.f4) 11.f3 Be6 12.Nd2 Qd7 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.f4 with initiative.]

 8.Bg5

 

[8.Qh5 0–0 9.f4 d5! 10.Bxd5 (10.exd5 Nf5) 10...Nxd5 11.exd5 b6 12.Nd2 f5 with interesting play.;

8.f4 d5 9.Bb3 a5 10.a4 0–0 11.f5 Ra6 12.Nd2 Ba7 13.Nf3 c5 14.Bg5 c4 15.Ba2 Qc7 is also very unclear.]

8…0–0

 

[8...c6 9.Qh5!]

9.Qh5 Be6

10.Qh4 Re8

11.Bxe6 fxe6

12.Nd2

 

 [12.f4 intending to transfer the heavy pieces to the attack: 12...Qd7 13.Rf3 Ng6 14.Qh5 Qf7 15.Rg3 Rf8 16.Qg4 Ne5! a) 16...Nxf4 17.Bxf4 e5 18.Nd2 exf4 19.Rh3 White has some pressure.; b) 16...Bb4 17.c3 (17.a3 Be1 18.Rf3 h6) 17...Bc5 18.b4 Bb6 19.c4 a5 20.b5 Ne5 21.Qh3 Ng6 planing Ne5, is very playable, but not:(21...Nxc4? 22.Bh6) ; 17.Qh3 Ng6 18.Nd2 d5 with a complicated and unclear game.]

12…Qd7

13.Bxe7 Qxe7

14.Qxe7 Rxe7

15.f4

with a very slight advantage to White in this endgame.

 

As a final game for this article, I present to you, my dear reader, a very instructive one. Hope you will like it.

 

Zhigalko,Andrey (2421) – Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2542) [C61]

EU-ch U18 Peniscola (7), 06.10.2002

 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0–0 Bc5 6.Bc4 d6 7.Qh5 Qe7 8.d3 Nf6 9.Qh4 Be6 10.Bg5 Bxc4 11.dxc4 Qe6 12.Nd2 Nd7 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qe2 f6 15.Bf4 0–0–0 16.Qd3 g5 17.Bg3 h5 18.h3 Rdg8 19.Kh1 h4 20.Bh2 g4 21.hxg4 h3 22.gxh3 Ne5 23.Qg3 Nxg4 24.hxg4 Rxg4 25.Qd3 f5 26.Nf3 fxe4 27.Rae1 Qf5 28.Rxe4 Qxe4 29.Re1 Qxd3 30.cxd3 Rf4 0–1

As a final word about the Bird defense, I would like to say that it is a very interesting one, and, though as not a trendy one, it is worth for a serious player to merge it with his repertoire as a surprising weapon, and I am sure he will score positively against even a stronger opposition.

 Finally, hope you enjoyed reading my articles about this defense, as much as I did in preparing it, and you start your game with a mood like this one:

And your opponent as this one:

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