I've been an USCF Master about 30 years, FIDE FM about 17 years, and ICCF IM for a long time (I've forgotten how long on that one). Over many of those years I faithfully played the Bird's Opening and Dutch Defense. In both cases I play what would be called the classical variation. I had GM Nigel Davies review my chess play, I highly recommend his service, but he did call my play with these opening as "lurching chess".
I've experimented with the Balogh Counter Gambit which I have included that analysis here, but the French Defense is a logical companion answer to 1 e4. After 1 d4 f5, White has the annoying options: 2 Bg5, 2 Nc3, and 2 e4. If one plays the Dutch with 1...e6 first, 2 Bg5 is not valid, and if 2 Nc3 or 2 e4, then 2...d5 backs into the French defense.
Here are my analysis files on these openings. One side benefit of being a postal chess player, I've kept rather detailed records of my old opening analysis. I hope you find this analysis original. Enjoy!
PGN Files: Analysis and Relevant games.
Balogh Counter Gambit
Old Analysis Lines:
Please send me your comments, games, or analysis that will help / alter this analysis. If you find a particular game(s) of special interest and I did not give the complete score, I might be willing to send you the rest of the moves. However, I often look for a trade of information in return.
Good Chess!! FM Keith R Hayward firstname.lastname@example.org