42 ( +1 | -1 ) I prefer to decline it......via the unheralded Hayward Variation 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. Nf3 dxe5 4. Nc3. While there seem to be independent possibilities in this position, it can also transpose into variations of the King's Gambit Declined. If you are really interested in the Bird, check out Keith Hayward's site at www.geocities.com/drawyah/ --his analysis is much more detailed than mine.