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Henry Edward Bird vs Bernhard Horwitz
London m (1851), London ENG, rd 1
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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Jun-14-05  Knight13: The 3 extra pawns really decided the win to Bird. I guess Black pressured on the g-file too much.
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  fredthebear: In the final position, White has placed Black in check. There are three ways (CBA) to respond to ALL checks:

C - CAPTURE the Checker: No, not possible here.

B - Interpose BETWEEN: The White rook would simply capture the Black bishop and/or Black queen across the 7th rank with another check. Then the Black rook is also captured!

A - King moves AWAY: If 29...Kh8 or Kg8, then 30.Qd8 is a strong reply. (Other king moves are not legal.) Then 31.QxQe8+ (QxQg8#) and 32.RxRh7 if necessary.

As the reader can see, Black has no good response to check that does not lose material. It's not necessarily a forced checkmate immediately, but Black is going to lose some of his pieces to avoid the checkmate. Therefore, Black resigned.

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  fredthebear: The Horwitz Bishops don't help him here.

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