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Henry Edward Bird vs Mikhail Chigorin
Vienna (1882), Vienna AUH, rd 1, May-14
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Goering Variation (C59)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: 25...e3 is a nice shot. If 26.dxe3, then 26...Nxe3+ 27.Nxe3 Rxe3
Dec-02-03  suenteus po 147: This is one of those cool games where playing it through really pays off. I thought Bird should never have quit with a move like 34.Bxe3 still available to him. Since both 34...h2, and 34...Qg2+ are both refuted (it's not hard to see), what can Chigorin do to overcome the sudden material loss and inability to Queen either of his pawns? Then it hit me: 34...Qxe3. While most others probably saw this right away, it didn't occur to me how truly winning this move is until after playing any of the moves which follow: 35.Qe2 Qc1+! or well, there isn't much else is there? If you move the Queen off the back rank, for example 35.Qxd6, then 35...Qe1# and it's not like 35.a4 will do Bird any good after 35...h2. So while everyone else may have seen this, this is for everyone else who might have been scratching their heads about why Bird quit so early.
May-07-04  pim: Suenteus, I don't see the refutation of Qg2: it is mate after 34 Bxe3 Qg2+ 35 Ke2 f1=Q
May-07-04  suenteus po 147: Hmmm.... It's been so long sinced I posted that I have forgotten what I saw. Well, whatever it was I was wrong. Thanks for the heads up, <pim>.
Apr-04-08  Knight13: Bird DID deploy a pretty good defense as White. But 17. Qe2 followed by O-O-O looks safer to me.
Sep-05-09  Octal: <Knight13>: 17 Qe2? Nd3+ looks devastating.
Apr-08-16  sneaky pete: Chigorin arrived too late in Vienna to play in the first round on May 10, so this game was postponed and played on the first rest day, Sunday May 14 (correction submitted).
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  zanzibar: Thanks again <sneaky>, <365> also uses this date.

See also <OL v2 N18 (Jun 1882) G-83 p185/401>

Sep-22-16  Jimmy720: A very beautiful and instructive game
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