There seems very little room to create new opening ideas in 2010 and the creative competitor must work hard to find new approaches which help to win games. Enter 1.f4, Bird’s Opening!
1.f4 has hardly been given comprehensive coverage in the textbooks and on this DVD, International Master and Senior FIDE Trainer Andrew Martin examines this ‘last frontier’ of sound and original chess opening.
A repertoire is suggested for White, a little off the beaten track, where the emphasis is on setting new problems for the opponent and putting Black under pressure to find original solutions, right from move one!
There can be no doubt that 1.d4 always provides entertainment and interesting positions.
If the chess opening is mastered it will produce excellent results over the board.
Back in the late seventies and eighties it was the Trompowsky Opening (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) which was giving Black a serious headache.
Will 1.f4 continue in the same tradition in 2010 and beyond?
About the Author:
Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master.
Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his title as international master in1984.
He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.
Andrew Martin is a chess columnist, an author of chess books and the author of various instructional videos. He was the publisher of the series Trends Publications.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.