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Henry Edward Bird vs Adolf Anderssen
London (1851)
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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Nov-16-04  Knight13: If 19. hxg3, 19... Bxf3 and White is lost. Very skillful attacks by Bird.
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  beatgiant: < If 19. hxg3, 19... Bxf3 and White is lost. >

Can you explain the follow-up? For example, what if 19. hxg3 ♗xf3 20. ♖xf3 . I don't see a win for Black, but there is a draw by 19. hxg3 ♕xg3+ 20. ♔h1 ♕h3+ with perpetual check.

White avoids this to play for a win, since he can get two pawns for the exchange with an exposed Black king.

Nov-16-04  Knight13: Then what's with 19. Rf2? Is he trying to lose the exchange?

And the move 19... Bxf3 is a mistake. I didn't realize the bishop on e2. Sorry.

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  beatgiant: <Then what's with 19. Rf2? Is he trying to lose the exchange?>

Black was threatening ...♕xh2#, and the only other defense 19. hxg3 allows a draw as I showed in my previous post. So 19. ♖f2 is the only way to play for a win.

Nov-16-04  Knight13: <beatgiant> Oh yeah. Qxh2#. If White didn't play f3, then Qg2#. So either way white will lose the exchange. That's a terrible position, I might think, if I was in that game.
Dec-11-04  Chessmaster 9000: Slightly better is 27. Qf4. 27... g6 28. Bd3 Qh5 29. Bb6 Ra8 30. Re1 Qg5 (Time=O:12, Depth=1/8)

Slightly better is 36. Qf8. 36... Ref7 37. Bxg7 Rxf8 38. Bxf8 Qf7 39. Bd6 Qxa2 40. Rg1 Kg6 (Time=0:12, Depth=1/8)

Slightly better is 12. Bf3. 12... Nc5 13. Qxg7 O-O-O 14. Be3 Kb8 15. Qc3 Ne4 16. Qa5 (Time=0:15, Depth=1/8)

Dec-11-04  Chessmaster 9000: 16... Kc7 falls into 17. Bb6+ Kd7 18. Qxb7+ Ke8 19. f3 Bxg3 20. Rf2 Bxf2+ 21. Bxf2 Qh5 22. Bb6 Qg5+ 23. Kh1 Bd5 24. Bxd8 Qxd8 (Time=0:34, Depth=1/9)

44... Qd1 45. Qd7+ Kf6 46. Qc6+ Kg7 47. h3 g4 48. Qd7+ Kf6 49. Qd8+ Kg7 50. Qd4+ Kf7 51. Qxg4 Qxg4 52. hxg4 Ke6 (Time=0:17, Depth 2/9)

Sep-09-05  Jaymthetactician: Wait a minute? Bird actually defeated Anderssen? I cant stand these poor quality games.
Sep-09-05  RookFile: If you say so. I played over this, and don't have the slightest idea what is going on. It seems incredibly complex, and you need a computer to wade through all the variations.
Sep-09-05  Jaymthetactician: yeah more complex then it needs to be, a computer would simplify everything to an advantage.
Sep-09-05  CapAnson: Keep in mind in those days they didn't really have clocks of strict time controls so they would sit at the board pondering these positions for godawful amounts of time.
Sep-10-05  Jaymthetactician: So in other words they would play like begginners with our time controls? I can imagine Bird at some open nowadays losing in less then 20 moves every time.
Sep-10-05  TheSlid: "Dead men won't win" as Pete Sinfield once wrote.
Oct-29-07  Morphyisgod: I find it interesting that Bird had a winning record on Anderssen, Anderssen had a winning record on Blackburne, and Blackburne had a winning record on Bird, could someone comment on this, maybe give a theroy as to why.
Apr-11-13  4play: GAME OVER 1-0
You scored a total of 90 points ... I think I understand Bird like a mother understands her child ... for 1000 rating I did pretty well .. lol
Nov-01-16  Aunt Jemima: Bird racks one up against the great Anderson by pressing his attack very carefully. Nice play. It looked a little hairy after 38...Rxf3 but old Bird had it worked out.
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