A game that I liked (ChessBase 15)
[Event "Major Open, Hove (5)"] [Site "?"] [Date "1997.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Chamberlain, T."] [Black "Stephenson, F.N."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A03"] [Annotator "F.N.Stephenson"] [PlyCount "82"] [SourceVersionDate "2021.03.28"] {[%evp 0,82,15,-21,-21,-26,-26,-18,-38,-39,-38,-31,-8,16,-16,-2,6,-3,-9,-108, -100,-108,-108,-108,-108,-108,-108,-108,-105,-321,-321,-383,-378,-376,-373, -369,-281,-266,-290,-286,-286,-282,-295,-274,-292,-278,-232,-224,-193,-205, -197,-205,-208,-201,-201,-233,-226,-238,-241,-232,-209,-250,-208,-228,-227, -240,-213,-247,-242,-243,-221,-332,-293,-301,-272,-343,-246,-257,-265,-265, -284,-459,-451,-582,-582]} {HENRY EDWARD BIRD (1829-1908) was an English amateur Chess player, author and an accountant. Although played sporadically by a small number of players the opening move 1.f4 is named after him due to his very extensive use of this opening move all through his life time even against the World's elite of the time. Numerous famous and very strong players have later taken up this opening. For instance in the recent past Timman, Hort, Larsen and Vasiukov and more recently Malaniuk , Mamedyrov, Grischuk, Morezevich, Nakamura, Svidler, Jobava and even World Champion Carlsen. I played 1. f4 in five games, scoring +3=2-0 making it my best ever White score in any opening but, of course, the sample size is much too small to draw any conclusions at all. As Black, facing it, I scored +8=4-1. The loss was against World-class Correspondence player, Grandmaster Richard Hall, who outplayed me in the middlegame complications after I had caught him in a From Gambit - I had won a piece for two pawns (₸) and was still in my opening preparation at move 17 - but Richard was, and still is, a formidable tactician OTB! Richard, in his local OTB games, has played the Dutch Defence a lot and sometimes aims for the same set-up as White, with an extra move, after 1.f4 d5. However, he doesn't try 1.d4 f5 anymore in his correspondence games now that he is playing at the very highest level. GM Lein was once asked in interview: ‘You play the Dutch - why then not 1. f4?’. He replied: ‘The extra tempo will hurt me!’ I think the point is that the Dutch, like many defences, is a ‘reactive’ set-up: Black sees what White does and reacts appropriately. IM Lawrence Trent has played 1.f4 aiming for a Reversed Leningrad Dutch, where he uses his extra move by playing a2-a3 (this allows Qe1 without the worry of Nb4). The last time that I played 1.f4 d5 as Black, I had an unexpectedly quick win:} 1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 {Black's idea is to wait for White's next but in view of the comment below I would only ever play 1.f4 d5 nowadays with the idea of} (2... Bg4 3. e3 Nd7 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e5 { You will find this enterprising gambit covered in Richard Palliser's excellent book "Beating Unusual Openings ". I'd recomend it to any aspiring player.}) 3. e3 Bg4 {So this is now a pin and Ne5 will not happen.} 4. h3 (4. Be2 Nbd7 { aiming for Bxf3 and e5.} 5. d4 Ne4 {with Ndf6 to come.}) 4... Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nbd7 6. Nc3 ({I was unaware of Nimzovich's} 6. g4 {which is awkward for Black.}) 6... c6 7. d4 e6 8. Bd3 c5 {The tempo loss is OK because 7.d4 was induced.} 9. b3 cxd4 10. exd4 Bb4 11. Bd2 Qa5 12. Nb1 {This is the sort of blunder which can happen to a good player now and again-especially if he is on "auto-pilot".} Bxd2+ 13. Nxd2 Qc3 14. O-O $4 ({(White has little better and is unable to generate any significant play even after rapid centralisation of the rooks eg} 14. Ke2 Qxd4 15. Rhd1 (15. Rad1 O-O 16. Rhe1 Qb2 17. Kf1 Qxa2) 15... Qb6) (14. Rd1 Qxd4 15. g4 O-O 16. Nf1 Qb4+ {MJD).}) 14... Qxd2 {The game continues but, really, its over.} 15. Rfc1 Qc3 16. Qe3 Ne4 17. Re1 O-O 18. Bxe4 Qxe3+ 19. Rxe3 dxe4 20. Rxe4 Nf6 21. Re5 Rfd8 22. Rd1 Rd5 23. c4 Rd7 24. f5 Rad8 25. fxe6 fxe6 26. Rxe6 Rxd4 27. Rde1 Rd1 28. Kh2 Rxe1 29. Rxe1 Rd2 30. Re7 Rd7 31. Re2 Kf7 32. g3 Re7 33. Rf2 Re3 34. Kg2 Ke7 35. Rc2 Ne4 36. g4 Nc3 37. a3 Re2+ 38. Rxe2+ Nxe2 39. b4 Kd6 40. a4 Nf4+ 41. Kg3 Nd3 {I was runner-up that year with +6=5-0 and never got the chance to play the eventual winner-a strong foreign IM.} 0-1