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Thomas E Rendle vs Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev
Gibraltar Masters (2005), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 9, Jan-02
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: White misses two simple defensive moves and Black gets an overwhelming advantage.

Instead of 32.Qd7?!, White should have played 32.Qxb6 Nd5 33.Qb7 Ne3 34.Bb1 Qa5 35.Re1 Nc4 36.Bd3 Qd5+ 37.Qxd5 exd5 38.b3 Nd2 39.Bxa6 Nf3 40.Rd1 Nxh2 41.Kxh2 Bxe5+ 42.Kg2 Bxc3 43.Rxd5=.

Instead of 33.Qc7?!, White might have survived after 33.Rd2! Qc4 34.Bg2 Qc5 35.Qd6 Kg8 36.Qd7 Kf8 37.Qd6 Kg8 38.Qd7 Kf8=.

Of course the Bird opening caused White's GM opponent no problem whatsoever, and this game is a good example of why it is not played much at that level.

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  Albertan: Patzer2 you are right about White's downfall, and about the idea that he should have played 32.Qxb6 White seemed to play a dubious idea on move 33 when he played 33.Qc7?! Better seems to be 33.Rf1 ie

33. Rf1 Qc4 34. Bd3 Qc6+ 35. Qxc6 Nxc6 36. Bxg6 Re7 37. Bd3 Rd7 38. Bxa6 Rd2 39. Re1 Rxb2=

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  Albertan: patzer2 here are some statistics about the players who have played 1.f4 more successfully:

2. Players

a) Strong grandmasters who used this line as White:

Bent Larsen Result=31/49,1955-1995,Elo-: 2600,games: 49 Vladimir P Malaniuk Result=9.5/14,1984-1998Elo-: 2563,games: 14 Leonid Yudasin Result=1/2 1990 Elo-: 2595 games: 2 Boris Alterman Result=1/1 2000 Elo-: 2564 games: 1 Vlastimil Hort Result=1/2 1979-1994 Elo-: 2577 games: 2 Robert Huebner Result=1/1 1992 Elo-: 2615 games: 1 Simen Agdestein Result=1/1 1993 Elo-: 2610 games: 1 Mikhail Gurevich Result=0.5/1 1989 Elo-: 2640 games: 1 Jaan Ehlvest Result=0.5/1 1988 Elo-: 2585 games: 1 Georgy Timoshenko Result=0.5/1 1999 Elo-: 2592 games: 1

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  Albertan: Here are some more statistics concerning Bird's Opening:


White scores below average in this opening: He or she wins or draws (48%) of the time. White performs Elo 2213 against an opposition of Elo 2227 (-14). Black performs Elo 2203 against an opposition of Elo 2189 (+14). White wins: 4316 (=35%), Draws: 3265 (=26%), Black wins: 4852 (=39%)

Jun-21-05  babakova: aha? But Rendle is no Bent Larsen, he is not even close to Ehlvest... Therefore I would say 1.f4 was a bad choice.
May-30-06  Trendy: 1.f4 was designed to get Black out of his theory and it worked. I was White and achieved a comfortable position, and should've held the draw. 32.Qd7 was based on a miscalculation whilst getting short of time, yes 32.Qxb6 and 33.Rf1 both made more sense.
Mar-28-08  ChesterTheJester: There appear to be no sound aggresive responses to the Birds, particularly if it is played "Dutch-style" a'la Rendle.
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  Domdaniel: It's more a la Danielsen - the leading GM proponent of the Polar Bear/ Reversed Leningrad Dutch - than a la Rendle. In fact, since Rendle also plays the French and Classical Dutch (1...e6) as Black, it must have been tempting to play e3 rather than g3/d3/c3. But White *does* get a very nice position here. Pity it went slightly wrong later.
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