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Bird / Dobell vs Wilhelm Steinitz
London - (1866)  ·  Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0
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Feb-08-03  dippel: This is just unbelievable! This is an amazing game! Bird mates his opponent just like Paul Morphy used to do.
Feb-09-03  ughaibu: It's a nice game but nothing like Morphy. Bird overlooks/rejects a quicker simpler mate. I would suspect that this game was played at a minute each but I think it was before clocks were in use. The play is very interesting and demonstrates the player's personalities yet at the same time the moves can be easily criticised, as such it is a good game to illustrate why human chess is incomparably better than computer chess.
Nov-19-03
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  Honza Cervenka: Yes, Bird and Dobell missed 15.exd7++ Kf8 16.Qe8+ Qxe8 17.dxe8=Q/R#, but 15.Qxh7 wins easily too. They could play also 14.fxg7 Rg8 15.e6, which seems to be more precise way to victory than immediate 14.e6. The text move allows to 14...0-0, which probably cannot save the black, but it can prolong his resistence for several moves.
May-22-04  fred lennox: According to two references I have, one being the Games of Stienitz edited by Pickard, this game was played without Dobell.
Jul-29-04  ughaibu: Aw1988: Here it is.
Jul-29-04  aw1988: Excellent game. I was wondering why they "didn't have it" :)
Aug-18-04  AdrianP: 15. exf7+ also leads to a forced mate, but nowhere near as simple as 15. exd7++

The final position in the game is very striking, though. Even if it weren't mate, Black would hardly be able to move a piece.

Feb-14-05  morphyrulez: Nice game! I'd like to try if i could mate the same way as this game does. :) The last 5 moves was played almost to perfection! This is one of the games that proves that position is more important than material...
Feb-14-05  aw1988: This would go well in Benjamin Lau's picturesque position collection if he were still around.
Apr-11-08  Knight13: What the hell this is the Third time I've seen this game with Bird playing against/with different players!! Which one is the GENUINE ONE!!??
May-20-09  WhiteRook48: Stenitz got checkmated?!
Oct-30-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: And Homer Nodded.
Apr-01-11  SeanBurdine: according to my reference book, The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess [by I. Chernev], it was Bird alone vs. Steinitz. What a spectacular mate!
Jun-05-12
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  scutigera: This database lists a game with an identical score, Bird vs Steinitz, 1867. I personally find it difficult to believe that Steinitz could forget losing a game like this in only one year, facing the same line, played by the same master (I'm pretty sure Dobell was the Robin figure in this game).

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