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Henry Bird vs George Hatfeild Gossip
6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Apr-05
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  0-1



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May-03-04  kak: what an extraordinarily poor game by white. The final move is # and not +
Jun-29-04  suenteus po 147: This is a good lesson to all Bird's Opening players (meaning me, I guess)! The queen's pawn never goes on d3. You have to get used to the idea that a knight will try to claim an outpost on e4 and be very hard to remove. I usually exchange knights there and have my queen pick up the errant pawn during the middle game. In this line of Bird's I tend to prefer 6. Bd3 with a mind towards castling as soon as an opportunity presents itself.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: suenteus po 147, you can play d3 if you leave the QB on its original diagonal, in lines like the Leningrad Dutch reversed, or lines where White presses for the formation c3, d3, e4 and f4. But these require very different strategies, and if you're happy with the Q-side fianchetto, there is no need to change.
Jul-15-05  bentengutama: Bird dead by bird. blunder against his own opening.
Jul-15-05  jamesmaskell: Puns Alert. <Gossip> about a <Bird> or a <Chick> and you'll get <Pain> from the <Troll> aka the <Fish>, not a <Hug>, a <Friend> or <Love>. In fact you'll get a <Savage<Punt>> in the <Johnson>.
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  kevin86: Maybe the loser had the Bird-flu that night. (Let's hope we can laugh about this later)
Oct-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: What a blunder by white at the end!!! horrible game by Bird...well played by ??Gossip???
Oct-24-06  Gameoverziggy: was bird trying to make as many mistakes as he could?
Mar-02-07  Themofro: <suenteus po 147: This is a good lesson to all Bird's Opening players (meaning me, I guess)! The queen's pawn never goes on d3.>

I disagree, the d pawn often does go on d3, just not when you fianchetto queenside, since then the e3 pawn is weak. A prime example is the classical, which is quite strong for white, and really unstopable by black. Basic idea is to play an d3 to support an early thrust of e3-e4.

Basic move order is along the lines of:

1 f4 d5
2 Nf3 g6
3 e3 Bg7
4 Be2 Nf6
5 0-0 0-0
6 d3 Nc6

since the black knight on f6 prevents an immiediate e4 white can choose between many options, but i think that the best is 7 Nc3 d4
8 Ne4 Nxe4
9 dxe4 and white then trades off his e3 pawn leaving white with a pleasent plus due to the strong pawn duo at e4+f4. This advantage persists even if the queens are traded off. I play this variation all the time with fine results. In lines where white fianchettos quenside however d3 is usually weak, even then not always.

Another example is the Antoshin where white skips e3, but plays d3, c3 Qc2 to aim for e4 without wasting a move at e3. It's quite strong, but theres a specific move order by black that kills it, however no one knows it,so it's still a solid line. I've posted a mini variation reportoire for the Bird's Opening on the Henry Edward Bird's page if you want to check some other lines of the Bird's.

May-02-07  BartM: how can this be a draw ? it's mate.
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  TheAlchemist: <BartM> I have submitted a correction form, but in the future you can do it too, the link is below

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Apr-02-08  Knight13: 16. c4?? is a joke. The move 10...d4! is very nice, which means 10. Ne5? is bad. 16. Qf2 would've saved a lot of trouble.
Apr-02-08  Knight13: This is the same game as Bird vs J W Baird, 1889.
Apr-06-08  sneaky pete: This is Bird vs Gossip, 1889.
Nov-07-08  YoungEd: I hate it when my hero allows a mate in one! Aaaagh!
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  sleepyirv: <Knight13> Some people never learn...
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Dec-04-08  whiteshark: Do you hear the mocking Bird singing on the chimney ?
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  FSR: Bird's play in this game is about 1600-level (and I apologize to any 1600's I've offended with that remark). Just abominable.
Dec-06-08  whiteshark: Gossip Wolf and the Bird
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  keypusher: Hard to believe this game was played by a master. FSR, thanks for all your interesting research on Gossip.
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  FSR: Thanks, keypusher. My Wikipedia article on Gossip now has two of the three votes needed to make it an A-Class article (one step below the highest class on Wikipedia, Featured Article). Hopefully I'll go for that soon.
May-12-16  morfishine: Bird's last move caused quite a flap
May-12-16  7he5haman: Pun: A little birdy told me
May-12-16  offramp: Some of Bird's games are so incredibly bad that I want to destroy the Earth.

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