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Jon Bodvarsson vs Fridrik Olafsson
Iceland (1947)
Bird Opening: From Gambit (A02)  ·  0-1

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Jan-19-04  Dillinger: Why isn't this in the list of quickest games?
Sep-02-04  Knight13: If this is the Bird's Opening, I need to watch out.
Sep-01-05  fudge: <Knight13>, from what I've seen from Bird's games, the safest way to play the <Bird's Opening> is not to use it at all!
Sep-01-05  aw1988: <fudge> No offense, but your avatar is seriously scaring me...
Sep-01-05
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  WannaBe: <aw1988> It's not as bad as having a wolf staring you down. :-0
Sep-01-05  aw1988: Shudder.
Sep-03-05  fudge: <aw1988> It scares me too, but the shock value is good for my concentration :)
Sep-03-05  Halldor: For some reasons this game isn't in Ólafsson's book of his 50 best attacking games...!
Sep-03-05  Averageguy: This trap usually runs 4...g5 5.h3 Bg3#
Feb-08-06  McCool: That is just pathetic.
Jan-26-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  fm avari viraf: A patzer or a Blindness?
Jan-26-08  pawnofdoom: Olafsson was 12 when he played this. If Boedvarsson was a good enough player to play the Birds opening, then he should have known better than to ever play h3.
May-28-08  number 23 NBer: Being a Bird-er myself, I can proudly say that I have never fallen into this sort of trap. However, I also have lost almost all my games where I took the e5-pawn anyway.
Jul-21-10  jbtigerwolf: I think that if White does not play 5.h3, he will probably win, as he has lost his f-pawn for both Black's central pawns.

Black should win when White plays 1.f4. It's surprising that "I've lost almost all my games where I took the e5-pawn anyway".. that is in itself almost a full refutation of 1.f4.

So if you don't take the e5 pawn, what then? I'll have a bit of a play, but it's long odds that I'll adopt this dubious opening... stokes the curiousity!

Feb-17-13  clownface: Dbl Pawn Bishop Ac
Dec-11-13  galdur: It´s just an anecdote. Later Mr. Böðvarsson went on to start a fund to further the chess career of the young Olafsson.
Mar-25-17
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  FSR: More common is 4...g5 (instead of 4...Nc6) 5.h3?? Bg3#. That has been seen in four games in the database. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... Playing 5.h3?? in response to 4...Nc6 is truly inspired.
Nov-03-19
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  sea7kenp: Either White should watch that h Pawn, or don't play the From Gambit!

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