Flipping the Bird

Jun 4, 2016, 8:32 PM |

My only win in the Washington Open came in Round Five, when my opponent, Mr. Lavoice, surprised me by playing 1.f4. I hadn't yet faced Bird's Opening in a serious tournament game as a (supposedly) mature adult, but on the whole I acquitted myself pretty well, particularly after I managed to block my opponent's expansion in the center to gain a slight edge, which soon turned into a winning advantage. After three days of mostly positional chess, it was a pleasure to finish off a game in fine tactical style.

Without further ado, here's the game.