Monday, July 11, 2016

Birds Openings Nijboer Rookery

I took a trip to “GatorLand”. This attraction in south Orlando has examples of Florida wildlife. I saw snakes, panthers, cattle, birds, turtles and alligators. Activities include a zip line, splash pad and petting zoo. I enjoyed a train ride and an alligator wrestling show.

I said, “They have chess here! See, it’s a rookery!” Thankfully my wife puts up with my crazy lines. She explained that a rookery is where the birds nest. I said, “That works. Chess has Birds too!”

My thoughts went to Birds Opening. Previous I wrote my book on the Bird & Dutch which describes adventures with 1.f4 and 1.d4 f5. When I saw the "rookery", I wondered what was new in the world of the Bird. When I got home I looked for a good game.

Many Bird’s Openings see White play g3 like a Leningrad reversed. This time I looked for a game with the classical e3. The one I chose was played by Grandmaster Friso Nijboer of the Netherlands against the young Lucas Van Foreest. With his final pawn move 29.e7 GM Nijboer attacked a forest rookery with imminent plans to hatch a queen.

Nijboer (2545) - Van Foreest (2350), 8th Batavia GM 2016 Amsterdam NED (1.1), 19.02.2016 begins 1.f4 b6 2.Nf3 Bb7 3.e3 f5!? 4.b3 Nf6 5.Bb2 e6 6.c4 c5 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.a3 d5 [8...Be7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0=] 9.d4 [White may disrupt Black's plans with 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Qc2 d4 11.Nd1 g6 12.b4!?+/=] 9...Bd6 10.Ne5 [10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nb5!?=] 10...0-0 11.Be2 cxd4 12.exd4 Ne4 13.Nxe4 fxe4  [13...dxe4=/+] 14.0-0 Qe7 [14...Ne7=] 15.b4 Bxe5 16.fxe5 Rxf1+ [16...Qg5=] 17.Bxf1 Qg5 18.Bc1 e3 [18...Qf5 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Be3 Ne7=] 19.cxd5 Ne7 20.dxe6 Rf8? [20...Bd5=] 21.Ra2 Bd5 22.Re2 Bf3 23.Bxe3 Qxe3+ 24.Rxe3 Bxd1 25.d5 Ba4? [25...Nxd5 26.Rd3 Bg4 27.Rxd5 Bxe6 28.Rd6+/=] 26.d6 Nd5 27.Re1 Bb3 28.Bb5 Nc3 29.e7 [The eagle will land on the eight rank on the next move.] 1-0

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