Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bob Arnold Birds Opening Books

Books on the Bird's Opening used to be rare. I collected a dozen, before I sold them off and moved to Florida. Bob Arnold was one of several who discussed the old German volume by theoretician Rolf Schwarz. In 2016 Bob Arnold wrote on Facebook:

"I always play the Bird's Opening as white. My first book on the BO was Schwarz' Die Bird-Eroffnung which I purchased in 1961."

Yes, I owned that same green hardcover Schwarz book myself. I used it often when I played the Bird in the 1980s. Bob Arnold started with the Bird and we got a type of KID. The difference between this and a Four Pawns Attack is that here White's e-pawn is on e3 instead of e4. I should have equalized with 7...Qb6 or 8...Bb7! I still had a good game.

Black saddled White with a bad dark squared bishop. I got a passed a-pawn which I thought might win. Then somehow he got a passed e-pawn which he combined with threats to my king. That made all the difference.

Arnold (2087) - Sawyer (1976), corr APCT EMN-A-3, 1996 begins 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Nf6 [3...d4 4.e4 c5 5.d3 Nc6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0=] 4.e3 Bg7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.d4 c6 [A critical line is 6...c5! 7.dxc5 Ne4 8.Nxe4 dxe4 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Nd4 Na6 11.c6 Nb4 12.cxb7 Bxb7 13.Kf2=] 7.Qb3! b6 [7...Qb6 8.Qxb6 axb6=] 8.Bd3 Bf5!? [8...Bb7! 9.0-0 e6=] 9.Bxf5 gxf5 10.0-0 e6 11.Ne5 [11.Bd2+/=] 11...Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.c5 Bxe5 14.dxe5?! [14.cxb6 axb6=] 14...Na6 15.Rd1 Qc7 16.cxb6 axb6 17.Bd2 Nc5 18.Qc2 Nd3 19.a3 c5 20.a4 Rfc8 21.Bc3 Rd8 22.b3 Rdc8 23.Qe2 Qe7 24.Rab1 Rab8 [24...c4-/+] 25.Qh5 Kh8 26.Be1 Nxe1 27.Rxe1 c4 28.bxc4 Rxc4 29.a5 Rb4 30.Rxb4 Qxb4 31.Rf1 bxa5 32.Qxf7 Qb3 [32...Rf8 33.Qxe6+/=] 33.Kh1 Qd3 34.Qf6+ Kg8 35.Qxe6+ Kg7 36.Qf6+ Kg8 37.Qg5+ Kh8 38.Rg1 Rb1 [Or 38...Rf8 39.e6+-] 39.h3 Rxg1+ 40.Kxg1 Qxe3+ 41.Kh2 Qd4 42.e6 Qd6 43.Qf6+ Kg8 44.Qf7+ Kh8 45.Qe8+ Kg7 46.Qd7+ 1-0

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