Bird Opening (A02-03)

Bird's Opening (or the Dutch Attack) is a chess opening characterised by the move: 1. f4

It is a standard but never really popular flank opening. White's strategic ideas involve control of the e5-square without occupying it, but his first move is also non-developing and slightly weakening his kingside. Black may challenge White's plan to control e5 immediately by playing From's Gambit (1...e5!?). However, the From's Gambit is notoriously double edged and should only be played after significant study.

The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings assigns two codes for Bird's Opening: A02 (1.f4) and A03 (1.f4 d5).


Bird Opening 1. f4

Bird Opening

1. f4

Study Games for A02



Bird Opening: Dutch Variation 1.f4 d5

Bird Opening: Dutch Variation

1.f4 d5

Study Games for A03

A03 - Database for