The Big Bird PowerBase - 4th Edition
Never again will you agonize over what to play as White, because Bird's Opening is the perfect system for the rest of your life! There's no need to learn a dozen openings based on the King's pawn or Queen's pawn, not when 1.f4 offers rich and varied games, suitable for winning chess. Black cannot hide, he cannot evade this complex opening - and now you can know the Bird better than anyone!
Some benefits of this new 2016 4th Edition are described later. The bottom line is that almost fifteen years since the PowerBase was created we still find that Bird's Opening enjoys patronage at all levels of play. And with nearly 123,000 games in the present 4th Edition, we trust that The Big Bird PowerBase remains the most complete source on 1.f4 found anywhere!
Besides more games, other improvements include a huge increase in the number of annotated games (over 2,250!) including many hundreds with full text commentary. Plus you'll find hundreds of additional games with variations, evaluations, critical marks, theme medals and much more - in short, a complete compendium of Bird's Opening knowledge. The Openings Key stands at an astonishing 2,188 classification positions, a powerful tool for gazing deep into Bird's Opening. Anyone who intends to play Bird's Opening will find that the Big Bird PowerBase is a keen weapon, which can help to defeat even the strongest of chess opponents!
The Big Bird PowerBase gives you complete coverage of 1.f4, including the Stonewall, Bird-Larsen Attack, Reversed Leningrad, and From's Gambit. The annotated games feature notes by Steinitz, Tartakower, Bird, Staunton, Zukertort, Nimzowitsch, Capablanca, Alekhine and many others - the great majority with complete text commentary. This download comes with everything you need to become an expert at Bird's Opening, such as:
* A huge database of just under 123,000 games
* Over 2,250 annotated games - many by elite players
* Detailed opening key with nearly 2,200 classification positions
* A complete bibliography of Bird's Opening literature
* 5 theme keys and clean indexes
* 4 text documents - even H. E. Bird essays and photos!
Join the many GMs and IMs who rely on Bird's Opening as their primary weapon for White - you too can become a feared "Bird Man" with this database at your fingertips! There's never been a more complete 1.f4 resource than the Big Bird PowerBase. Order your download today!
You will need ChessBase 6.0 or higher, or Fritz (Komodo, Houdini, etc), or download the free ChessBase Reader here. Also: Pentium 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows 10, 9, Vista, or Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
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The reason I give it 4/5 stars is that this will be the last database on the Bird according to the author. If you want to be sure about having all the Bird games this is the database you want. I play 1.b3 and will transpose into Bird's Opening given the opportunity to do so. Eventually, I intend to have 1.b3 and 1.f4 in my repertoire. By the way, you also need the Oleinikov CD on Bird's Opening to have a complete set, so to speak.