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Having your way with Birds
Compiled by Zebra

The From Gambit is often claimed to be theoretically doubtful. These games are intended to illustrate the variety of Black's attacking chances (and not just against beginners who stumble into mate on the e1-h4 diagonal). They all feature the Lasker variation (...g5, ...g4), which these days seems all but universal.

Knight manoeuvres harrying white's queens side
T Rendle vs Kotronias, 2005 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

Black's kingside pawns are a handful even for a GM
Kholmov vs V Colin, 2001
(A02) Bird's Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

White walks right into it, against a great attacking player
J Schenkein vs Spielmann, 1910 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

Whoops! White slips out of the net and wins
Larsen vs C Zuidema, 1964 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

White sacrifices material and black's king has to take a walk
D Eilmes vs E G Rodin, 2000
(A02) Bird's Opening, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

The debut of the Lasker variation, with early queen exchange
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

Black's queenside pawn reserves win without moving
O Van der Bor vs M Dekker, 2002 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

White's king trussed up like a chicken after castling short
H Hau vs D Lardot, 2000 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

Lasker's variation defeats Bird's opening again
Bird vs Lasker, 1895  
(A02) Bird's Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Albin vs Marshall, 1903 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

Albin vs Tarrasch, 1903 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 64 moves, 0-1

R Djordjevic vs Ljubojevic, 1969 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 52 moves, 0-1

good night to the fianchettoed knight variation
G Roeska vs W Riemer, 1991 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

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