Bird's Opening, 1 f4, is an ideal choice for freethinking chess players who prefer to rely on their general chess knowledge and intuition rather than having to memorize and keep up to date with mainline opening theory.
Bird's Opening is essentially the Dutch Defence with an extra move, and White can choose between a number of different set-ups, including the reversed Leningrad, Classical and Stonewall variations, depending on mood and opponents' responses.
In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines all the important variations of Bird's Opening, including the sharp From's Gambit.
Using illustrative games, Lakdawala explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing 1 f4.
- Essential guidance and training with 1 f4
- Provides a repertoire options for White
- Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study
This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.
Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for 30 years.
003 About the author
005 Series Foreword
031 1) From’s Gambit
084 2) Reversed Leningrad Dutch
169 3) Classical Bird and Fianchetto lines
226 4) The Stonewall Bird
267 5) ...Bg4 and ...Bf5 Setups
329 6) Bird’s versus Reversed English Setups
408 7) Bird’s versus Owen’s Defence, 1...f5 and 1...d6
441 Index of Variations
447 Index of Games
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