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Paul Morphy vs Henry Edward Bird
"To Kill a Mocking Bird" (game of the day Jun-29-2012)
Simul, 5b (1859), London ENG, Apr-26
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense Bertin Gambit (C35)  ·  1-0
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Mar-05-05
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  InspiredByMorphy: If 10. ...Rf8 11.e5 Qd5+ 12.Nf6 Ne4 13.Kxh2 Kg8 and if 14.d3 Bg4 where material is equal but the position is not. It is black who has a positional advantage due to development.
Jan-10-06  morpstau: Paul Morphys rating after Modern theory would be know less than 2975. He had complete sight of the board and never blundered. He played rapidly rarely using over a couple of minutes to determine a move. He always showed curtisy to his weaker opponents and always was extremely polite and well mannered, a through and through gentlemen and pioneer of the royal game of chess.
Feb-06-06  Knight13: Sac after sac. Aggression after aggression. Many killer moves. Morphy's style. Worked like a monster's claw. :)
Dec-09-08
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  heuristic: 22.Ng6+ Kg7 23.Nxh5+ looks interesting.
23...Kh6 24.Qf6 Qe6
23...Kh7 24.Nf8+
23...Kxg6 24.Rxg4+ Qxg4 25.Qxg4
23...Bxh5 24.Nxe5+ Kh6 25.Qf4+
23...Kg8 24.Qf6

27...Qe2+ looks drawish
28.Kh1 Qd1+ 29.Rg1 Qh5 etc ...

Dec-28-08  YoungEd: On move 27, Black's ...Re8 lets White play a nifty combo to trade all the pieces into an easily won pawn endgame. But the superficially attractive 27. ...Nf4 loses to 28. Qd7+ followed by mate on g7. So I guess Black was lost prior to that.
Dec-28-08  Emma: It must have been like playing against a force of nature.
Jun-29-12  sevenseaman: Its always a pleasure replaying the classics.
Its a bit of a disillusionment that after all the pyrotechnics up until middle game is over, we are left with the elementary P promotion end game.
Jun-29-12  think: I love games like this where so many pyrotechnics happen in the midgame and the winner ends up with a tiny advantage that is barely enough to take home the point. Crazy game!
Jun-29-12  Llawdogg: I remember this one! It's great to see the classics again.
Jun-29-12  TheBish: Amazing to see an old-fashioned swashbuckling game turn into an elementary pawn-plus endgame. Looking up, I notice that <sevenseaman> said basically the same thing!
Jun-29-12
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  FSR: As prior commenters have observed, 10...Rf8! is better, as in B Wall vs T Magee, 1980 (0-1, 20).
Jun-29-12  King Death: I never heard of Bertin, isn't this called the "Wild Cunningham" when White offers all of these pawns?
Jun-29-12
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  FSR: <King Death: I never heard of Bertin, isn't this called the "Wild Cunningham" when White offers all of these pawns?>

That's what I'd always heard it called. As for Captain Bertin, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph... (written by me). I'm not sure what his connection to this gambit was.

Jun-29-12
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  Calli: Besides Bird, Morphy was playing De Riviere, Boden, Barnes and Loewenthal at the same time.
Jun-29-12  lemaire90: Very nice game !
Jun-29-12
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  kevin86: The white e-pawn is only a decoy. When white takes the black pawns-he would have an heir and a spare to queen with.
Jun-29-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game from WC Morphy!

LTJ

Jun-30-12  PaulLovric: <LoveThatJoker: Awesome game from WC Morphy! LTJ> LIKE and what is WC
Jun-30-12  I play the Fred: <LIKE and what is WC>

William Charles, Paul's real name.

Jun-30-12  RookFile: You could take this game, remove the names of the players, and tell somebody that Tal played the white pieces. If he didn't know the game, he would believe you.
Jun-30-12  scormus: <RookFile> What!!! You mean it WASN'T Tal? Hey, don' thet jes beat all ;) ;)
Jul-03-12  PaulLovric: Thanks <I play the Fred: <LIKE and what is WC> William Charles, Paul's real name.>
Mar-19-15  Ladyanavt: Love how Morphy tempts Bird to simplify by lining up his knights on the edge of the board.
Jan-09-17  RookFile: Bird was probably happy to make it to move 30. Against Morphy, he was usually crushed by then. He even got to play a few more useless moves in this game.
Jul-10-18  JPi: Is that a Blindefold simultaneous performance or not? Whatever very impressive! One can found mistake on black side but there are not such obvious. Indeed Bird wasn't a weak player (Latter his -7;+5 and many draws against Steinitz shows that).
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