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David Graham Baird vs Henry Edward Bird
USA-06.Congress New York (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 32, May-07
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B34)  ·  0-1
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Annotations by Wilhelm Steinitz.      [129 more games annotated by Steinitz]

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Jun-02-03  Shadout Mapes: Bird invented the Dragon? Quite interesting notes by Stienitz, especially after white's 5th move (today this is move appears in many of the main lines against the accelerated dragon).

Is it just me, or does 27.c4 just make you want to puke? The bishop remains useless for the rest of the game. Unless I'm missing something, Rd2 would suffice.

Jun-02-03  drukenknight: this is not really a sicilian and openings like this were probably known before this time. for instance there is a game Steinitz Mongredien from 1863 where he fianchettos k side in response to e4. It is called a "Robatch defense" in this data base, but I dont think robatsch was around then. Tartakover refers to the opening in the game below as "Fianchetto del re" which suggests that it was probably known to the Italians from long ago.

Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863

Mar-09-04  Kenkaku: <drukenknight> How is this not really a Sicilian?
Mar-10-04  SicilianDragon: That's what I would like to know. After 4...g6 we have the starting position of the accelerated dragon.
Jul-14-04  sneaky pete: <Shadout Mapes> The incomparable Mr.Bird is indeed, if not the inventor, the main pioneer of the Dragon. Look at his other games from New York 1889, and his game against Gunsberg, Manchester 1890. He of course plays it in his own inimitable style, since in his days there was no <Easy guide to the Dragon>. Look at that frightful claw of pawns after move 26, with the pieces lurking behind from all sides, ready to jump. No wonder poor Baird played 27.c4 .., he had no idea how to defend against this madman, who always turned a defence into an attack.
Jul-12-07  savagerules: Baird is no Bird.
Apr-04-08
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  Knight13: <Shadout Mapes: Bird invented the Dragon?> Yes, the set-up he did, but the way he plays it is not like the way it's supposed to be. So technically no, he didn't "invent" it, just an idea. Also, he never used this opening many times to even be named after him.
Jul-09-08  dtsherer: Bird by the way "was a passive and dour temperment", he was a strong master-no doubt- but quick speedy attacks was not his style.
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