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World Champions face 1. f4
Compiled by YoungEd
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This collection includes games from the database where where people tried Bird's Opening against the players who have been world champions (not necessarily during their championship reign). I do not include the champions who won via knock-out tournaments. No one has ever braved 1.f4 against either Kramnik or Anand, it seems!

F Deacon vs Steinitz, 1863 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

Bird vs Steinitz, 1866 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Bird vs Steinitz, 1899 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Bird vs Lasker, 1890 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bird vs Lasker, 1890 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Bird vs Lasker, 1890 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

Bird keeps trying...
Bird vs Lasker, 1890 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 49 moves, 0-1

finally!
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 102 moves, 1-0

Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

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

Rauch vs Lasker, 1925 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 55 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Lasker, 1936 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs Capablanca, 1929 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pelikan vs Alekhine, 1936 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grob vs Euwe, 1947
(A03) Bird's Opening, 51 moves, 0-1

M David vs Botvinnik, 1938
(A02) Bird's Opening, 59 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Smyslov, 1970 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 64 moves, 1-0

M Basman vs Tal, 1974 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Berd's Opening!
E F Bird vs Tal, 1974 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Kasparian vs Petrosian, 1946 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nice game by Larsen!
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1958 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

J S Purdy vs Spassky, 1955 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Larsen does it again!
Larsen vs Spassky, 1964 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

N Hurttlen vs Fischer, 1957 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

Larsen doesn't always win with 1. f4!
Larsen vs Fischer, 1962 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Maric vs Fischer, 1967 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Fischer, 1971 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Only game with 1. f4 against Karpov!
B Jacobsen vs Karpov, 1968 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

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