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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Henry Edward Bird
London (1866), 17, rd 17, Sep-??
French Defense: Normal Variation (C00)  ·  1-0


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Oct-15-04  Knight13: Why not 16. Nxh7 and win material?
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  sneaky pete: <Knight13> If 16.Nxh7? Bxf4 and white's Rd2 is pinned. After 17.Kb1 Bxd2 etc next material will be even. Isn't your new avatar a bit .. uh .. too big for you?
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  admiralnemo: wow Bird doesn't know how to play the French at all. I think he lost at move 3 :)
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  Willem Wallekers: I even disappove of his second move, making f6 a potential weak square.
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  admiralnemo: I think that classifying this as a french defense insults both the french and the french defense.
Oct-15-04  Knight13: <wow Bird doesn't know how to play the French at all. I think he lost at move 3 :)> Yes, I agree. 2... d5 should be the answer.
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  fredthebear: Why on earth is this called the "Normal Variation"? It's awful! So let's call it the "Awful Variation".
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  MissScarlett: The Snafu variation.
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  ChessHigherCat: I always suspected SNAFU really stood for Steinitz Negates A French Underachievement. Black is almost in zugzwang except for Rb8/c8, Re7/g7 or h5. If 16..Rd8, 17. Nxe6 Bxf4 18. Nf4 wins a pawn and threatens e6 but 17. Nc5 might be even better
Jul-13-17  ughaibu: Not "Spassky naked and Fischer uncensored"?
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