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Why is everyone doing the Bird opening?

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Captain_Thorne_of_the_PNW

Was there some video about it on a popular channel recently?

XOXOXOexpert

I haven't encountered it in rapid.

tygxc

Carlsen plays it occasionally
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1899448 

lemaudit1

The Bird Opening is "for the birds", lol...

Captain_Thorne_of_the_PNW
XOXOXOexpert wrote:

I haven't encountered it in rapid.

I've seen it a couple times today in blitz. I don't recall seeing it that much before today. 

Captain_Thorne_of_the_PNW
tygxc wrote:

Huh. I wonder if he had a game recently where he played it. 

Captain_Thorne_of_the_PNW
lemaudit1 wrote:

The Bird Opening is "for the birds", lol...

Sounds like it is weak overall? I like to play blitz and on the wiki page it says that it allows white several opportunities to attack. Amybe just good for shorter increments.

tygxc

@6

May 2022

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=2282345 

tygxc

@7

"Amybe just good for shorter increments."

++ It is a Dutch Defence reversed, i.e. with an extra tempo.

Drawgood
Could just be your luck. Don’t try to explain something you see a number of times in a row. There are too many players from all over the world for this to be explainable by something like a video.
Captain_Thorne_of_the_PNW
Drawgood wrote:
Could just be your luck. Don’t try to explain something you see a number of times in a row. There are too many players from all over the world for this to be explainable by something like a video.

A lot of people watch chess videos and the algorithm on youtube will push certain videos. Or popular channels will have a video on certain gambits like the stafford gambit for example. I have had people do the same gambit to me repeatedly before over the course of a couple days and when I search it a popular channel will have just posted a video about it. 

Captain_Thorne_of_the_PNW
Drawgood wrote:
Could just be your luck. Don’t try to explain something you see a number of times in a row. There are too many players from all over the world for this to be explainable by something like a video.

but yes I do see people making this error in other cases.

UnusualBirds

https://www.chess.com/tournament/bird-larsen-attack-unusual-birds-chess-club