A game that I liked (ChessBase 15)
[Event "Middlesbrough CC Championship"] [Site "?"] [Date "1971.05.28"] [Round "?"] [White "Hall, R.V.M."] [Black "Stephenson, F.N."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A02"] [Annotator "F.N.Stephenson"] [PlyCount "38"] [SourceVersionDate "2021.03.28"] {If gambits as Black, as detailed in the first game of this article, are not your style then I would recommend a system where Black plays the move d6 putting an end to White's dream of a Ne5 set up. I used it against Richard Hall and had the chance to play it again. In a local league match in 2019 I had seen him play 1.f4 a few board away whilst facing the same thing myself. Richard won with the typical Qe1-h4 manoeuvre. However, the following games shows the set up that I'd recommend. To my mind, they'll put Bird's Opening under something of a cloud.} 1. f4 Nf6 {I've played the immediate 1...d6 a few times too.} 2. Nf3 g6 ({Some 47 years later (!) a similar idea to that played in the main game was utilised to obtain queens-side play:} 2... d6 3. d3 Bg4 4. e4 g6 5. Be2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 c5 8. Be3 Nc6 9. Ng5 Bxe2 10. Qxe2 h6 11. Nh3 Nd4 {The key move-Black opens the c-file for his major pieces.} 12. Bxd4 { He didn't want to go back with Qd1 to stop Ng4 anyway, he wanted to remove this knight's control of the f5 square.} cxd4 13. Nd1 Qd7 14. Ndf2 h5 15. f5 gxf5 (15... Rac8 {is even better with immediate pressure on c2.}) 16. exf5 Qxf5 17. Ne4 Qg4 18. Nxf6+ Bxf6 19. Qd2 Rac8 20. Rf4 Qg6 21. Raf1 Rc5 22. R1f3 h4 23. Qd1 Rfc8 24. Rf2 Kf8 25. b4 Re5 26. Kf1 {It's the White king that is more exposed after White's pawn sacrifice.} Rc7 27. a4 a5 28. Qd2 axb4 29. Qxb4 Rec5 30. Qb1 {and Black soon won even after missing the killing 30...Rxc2 which would have ended the game sooner: D.Dixon-F.N.Stephenson, Great Ayton v Darlington 10 Oct. 2019.}) 3. d3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Be2 d6 6. O-O c5 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Qe1 Rb8 9. Qh4 b5 10. f5 b4 11. Nd1 Nd4 {The key move-Black's play down the c-file can become stronger than White's on the king's side.} 12. Nxd4 cxd4 13. g4 Rb5 14. Bh6 Kh8 15. Nf2 Bxh6 16. Qxh6 gxf5 17. gxf5 Rg8+ 18. Kh1 Bb7 19. Qf4 Qc8 {winning a pawn on c2 or f5. I offered the draw because this was the last round and it would clinch the Championship for me-and Richard accepted! Prior to leaving the Middlesbrough Club in 1994 I had won 18 of their Championships in my 25 years of membership. Overall scores were +203, =53, -15 (85%).} 1/2-1/2