|Jul-29-04|| ||Knight13: Good game by Bird. |
|Sep-20-04|| ||Knight13: Bird's attacks in this game is very good. 25... Nh6? Not a good idea since 30. Rxf1+ is waiting. And 29... Dxc4? Is not good either that it gives white a check on the 8th rank. Black might thought of taking the c4 pawns is like this: 30. bxc4 Bxc4 31. Qd8+ Kg7 and stops the mate with the light squared bishop. |
|May-06-05|| ||schnarre: White apparently knew better than to play 30. bxc4. Indeed a good game by Bird!|
|Jul-14-09|| ||waustad: Bird Medley sounds rather like the rather strange dish called turducken.|
|Feb-05-11|| ||Phony Benoni: There probably wasn't much theory on the French in 1849, but Medley knew enough to try and destroy White's center. Too bad about those tactical details.|
You have to feel sorry for Black's LSB. Usually a forgotten problem child in the French, here it gets a chance to play a bit. I just imagine it jumping up and down at move 15:
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"I can do it! I can do it! Let me attack his rook!".
An indulgent Medley lets him have his way, only to be forced to pull him back shamefacedly a few moves later and concede the exchange. But the little fellow is not discouraged. Again, at move 20:
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"Let me attack the rook! I'll get him this time!"
Finally, Bird moves the rook, almost relunctantly it seems; I think he would gladly have left it en prise indefinitely had he been able to. Then the bishop reaches the ultimate goal of any piece--he attacks the mighty queen!
Of course the euphoria doesn't last. Black finally freezes the bishop to the edge of the board, crams a dunce cap on his head, and says "Sit down and shut up!" By then, it's too late; after 33...Ng8 34.Qf7 Black cannot delay mate, much less stop it.
|Feb-05-11|| ||rilkefan: Why not 11...f5? Or 12...f5?|
|Feb-05-11|| ||Bdellovibrio: Is the pun a reference to the ready-made chicken/broccoli/pasta casserole?|
|Feb-05-11|| ||drpoundsign: he flipped George The Bird|
|Feb-05-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <Bdellovibrio> Undoubtedly.|
<rilkefan> I don't see a particular problem with 11...f5 or 12...f5, but they lead to more closed types of positions that Medley obviously wasn't looking to play. He might have reconsidered another day.
|Feb-05-11|| ||AylerKupp: <<Phony Benoni>: You have to feel sorry for Black's LSB. Usually a forgotten problem child in the French, here it gets a chance to play a bit.>|
Black’s LSB reminds me of the parody on the poem “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Guest:
“...he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done. And, guess what!, he couldn’t do it.”
|Feb-05-11|| ||Llawdogg: An oldie, but a goodie.|
|Feb-05-11|| ||kevin86: The bird is the word!|
|Feb-05-11|| ||chrisowen: Thanks Eddie moreover Eagle Frittzer? Howdya like dem cooking apples?|
|Feb-05-11|| ||chrisowen: Piece de resistance it a two see it ie shelf life 22..BC4 etcetera vice Web|
|Feb-10-18|| ||Big Pawn: 12...fe
Looks like the logical follow up. I bet black thought he was going to trap white after, in the game, 12...cd 13.Nxd4 fe 14.Nxe6 with ...Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Bb5 which not only attacks the rook on f1 but also unleashes a discovered attack by the Qb6 on the Ne6, but
16.Qg4 defends the knight and threatens mate, and is also the beginning of a strong attack. From this point Bird never let go.
One of Bird's better games.