43 ( +1 | -1 ) Bird'safter the late Henry Bird from England. The Danish Grandmaster Bent Larsen have also played this first move many times. If you are a really romantic player, you can answer with e5!? called From's Gambit. More normal reply would be d5, c5 or Nf6. Can I suggest you answer with f5!?
Among my friends, that opening is known as "La pajarraca" (Bird=pájaro, in Spanih). One very strong player (Mr. Lazcano) in my city club open with it exclusively. As a curiosity, the only King's Gambit played by Capablanca, that I know, with white pieces was against Molina, and begun: 1.f4 e5, 2.e4 ...
18 ( +1 | -1 ) Birds openingI used to play it alot in blitz play but found it was rather weak when I used it because of the weak king side. Try playing 1..e5 against it, but be prepared for the KingsGambit...
53 ( +1 | -1 ) Froms GambitFor god sake, play 1...e5 (against 1.e4 and 1.d4 as well). If you choose to play only one gambit with the Black pieces, it should be 1.f4 e5! It's quite easy to learn the ideas, and you develop many tactical skills playing this gambit. I admit, it would be hard to play this gambit against high rated players on a site like this, where they can look up lines, but OTB, it's deadly. I've had many quick wins with this gambit. i urge you to give it a try! I'f you think 1.f4 e5! is to orthodox, then check out 1.f4 g5!?
10 ( +1 | -1 ) furious1 problem-i don't know what the kings gambit is!!! i've heard so much about it, but i don't know what it is...
4 ( +1 | -1 ) Oops, blacks move should be e5
21 ( +1 | -1 ) Kings GambitIs a very sharp gambit, where the white gambits its f pawn (and sometimes alot more then that) to gain advantage. I suggest you try it, it is very exciting especially when you try the Muzio Gambit
12 ( +1 | -1 ) furious,Is the muzio gambit where you give up the knight on f3 after you castle? and then mabye even give up the bishop on c4??
8 ( +1 | -1 ) YepLook at Brunette's games, he appears to be the resident King's Gambit master
2 ( +1 | -1 ) lolOuch, my bad my bad...sorry heh
88 ( +1 | -1 ) Froms Gambit against the BirdI like to play the Froms Gambit against the Bird 1.f4 Because Froms is a very good way for black.Some white players change about this the opening to the kingsgambit and I am shure - all 1.f4 player have to know a lot of kingsgambit too, or they will lost a lot of games.
Against the kingsgambit I like to take the "Falkbeers Gegengambit". Some GMs means this opening let you forget to take the kingsgambit.
A quickly way for the different ways in an opening is here
46 ( +1 | -1 ) birds openingcheck out how this games gone for me so far with birds opening www.goldtoken.com/chess/chess.cgi?g=499908&sid=17343O69c0ef9673b18c09&sid=17343O69c0ef9673b18c09 if that doesnt work try goin to goldtoken.com then scroll to the bottom n type in in the quick jump to game box, 499908 iv castled queenside which is probably a risky idea but the position looks ok jus now
8 ( +1 | -1 ) If you like gambits,Try this one:
1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 g5 4.h3 d6
Its called the Schlecter gambit... wild ride! :-)
17 ( +1 | -1 ) I like playing this for shock value:
1. f4 g5????!
Sometimes I even win with it: board #382187
23 ( +1 | -1 ) i'm playing against it justnow-freyed_end, board #397536 is the board number, i think.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) nice game richard. rarely see a game with both sides castling queenside but it was interesting anyway. for a time white looked better but towards the end you got the initiative. wd
54 ( +1 | -1 ) Bird's Opening strategyI've played Bird's Opening a bit myself. Against a reply such as ... d5 the idea is usually to play Nf3, e3, b3, and Bb2 to control the central dark squares, particularly e5 which can become a powerful outpost for the white knight. It is similar to the Nimzo-Larsen Attack, and can also transpose to the Colle- Zukertort if d4 is played. If black isn't careful, white can attack quite easily by combining the fianchetto, knight on e5, and a kingside pawnstorm. The problem with this is that it voluntarily weakens white's position, and often black can win by attacking at the right moment.
3 ( +1 | -1 ) Does 1. f4 g5 have a name?
5 ( +1 | -1 ) richardgee2001USCF refers to 1.f4 g5 as Bird: Hobbs Gambit