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Henry Edward Bird vs James Mason
"Killing Two Birds with One Stonewall" (game of the day Mar-31-12)
New York m (1876)  ·  Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  0-1
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Mar-31-12
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  Check It Out: Very good pun.
Mar-31-12
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  Check It Out: 27.cxd5 cxd5 would have kept that dangerous h1-a8 diagonal closed giving white an advantage. Could have done it at move 28 also.
Mar-31-12
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  Infohunter: <Isolated Pawn: 41... Qe2 looks like a quicker win.>

<sneaky pete: No doubt Mason played 41... Q to K7! which can be easily misread as 41... Qe7?>

Right on both counts: I have confirmation that the move was indeed 41...Qe2, that is, 41...Q-K7, from a puzzle page by our fellow <cg> member <wtharvey>. See http://www.wtharvey.com/maso.html, the very first entry on the page.

Mar-31-12
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  AylerKupp: I think that a more proper pun would have been "Killing one Bird with two Stonewalls".
Mar-31-12  ooda: <AylerKupp>: <I think that a more proper pun would have been "Killing one Bird with two Stonewalls".>

Henry Edward Bird - 1 bird, plays the birds opening - 2 birds, and is defeated by a stonewall setup.

Incidentally the last name of his opponent - Mason, means a builder and worker in stone.

Insane pun, I can't remember a better one.

Mar-31-12  moi: Why on earth did Bird play 29. Bh3 instead of Bf3 ? This seems to be the blunder to me.

I'd be glad to get your advice. :)

Mar-31-12
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  offramp: Unusualnessabounds: Bird plays 10.d3 followed by 11.d4. An odd double-step. The earliest I have seen this done is Ljubojevic vs Larsen, 1979
Mar-31-12
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  Eggman: When I saw the pun I thought to myself "why TWO Birds?", but then I see that Bird plays Bird's Opening! One of the all time great puns, for sure.

Incidentally, on one of the BBC Master Series Games (which you MUST track down on YouTube, if you haven't done so already), Vlastimil Hort chooses a move because it "kills two flies with one swat." Perhaps this is a popular expression in Czechoslovakia? I like it.

Mar-31-12  The HeavenSmile: ooooo thats a good pun. Congrats to the composer
Mar-31-12
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  offramp: < Eggman: When I saw the pun I thought to myself "why TWO Birds?", but then I see that Bird plays Bird's Opening! One of the all time great puns, for sure. Incidentally, on one of the BBC Master Series Games (which you MUST track down on YouTube, if you haven't done so already), Vlastimil Hort chooses a move because it "kills two flies with one swat." Perhaps this is a popular expression in Czechoslovakia? I like it.>

Hort used to wear a belt with "TWO WITH ONE SWAT" engraved on it.

Mar-31-12
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  FSR: Brilliant pun, one of the all-time greats.
Mar-31-12  backrank: <sneaky pete: No doubt Mason played 41... Q to K7! which can be easily misread as 41... Qe7?>

That makes sense indeed and explains White's immediate resignation.

Mar-31-12
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  Calli: Bird would appear to be winning after 33.g3 Qh6 34.Bg2. In the game, there is also the more complicated 34.f6 Nxh3 35.fxe7.
Mar-31-12
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  kevin86: what a coincidence,Larry Bird fell for the same trap,so he is the other Bird-lol
Mar-31-12  Penguincw: I like the pun. The "Stonewall" is eventually the pawn structure, "Bird" was the surname of the white player and in a way, you can refer to the "birds" as two rooks, as they are likely both going to be lost.
Mar-31-12  Norbi506: 2. e3? Why not b3 immediately?
Mar-31-12  BlackSheep: At the risk of sounding like a parrot that really is one of the greatest puns ....ever .
Mar-31-12
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  Marmot PFL: Starts out slow but soon develops into a typical 19th century tactical battle.

23...g5 looks dubious as white should get an edge with 24 Nxg5 Nxg5 25 nxg5 Bxg5 26 fg5 Rxg5 27 e4.

28 Bxg4 I think should be taken, 28...fg4 and whether 29 Nxd5, Nxe6 or Ng6+ black takes and after Rxf8 Rxf8 has more than enough for the queen.

34 Qg4 looks good enough to stop black's attack, and white should have enough pawns to win.

Mar-31-12
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  Jim Bartle: And naturally the "stonewall" was constructed by a Mason.
Mar-31-12
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  offramp: <BlackSheep>: At the risk of sounding like a parrot that really is one of the greatest puns ....ever .>

No. You are right. It is not.
There are some good puns concealed in the kibitzing of Oleg Romanishin

Mar-31-12
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  AylerKupp: <ooda> You're right, I missed the fact that Bird played Bird's opening. But, given that both players played the Stonewall, a mention of 2 Stonewalls would not have been out of place. But since Mason was the one who did the killing I will be the first to admit that the pun used is better.

And, per <Eggman>, Hort's "kills two flies with one swat" is pretty good too.

Mar-31-12
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  AylerKupp: <offramp> The puns in the Oleg Romanishin page are great, all 14 pages (so far) of them. If anyone wants to look at them I recommend that you start with the first page.

I particularly liked yours about a film how an ex World Champion became the Governor of Louisiana, "Alekhine's Men." , although I must admit to not reading all of them yet.

Mar-31-12
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  Honza Cervenka: < Eggman: When I saw the pun I thought to myself "why TWO Birds?", but then I see that Bird plays Bird's Opening! One of the all time great puns, for sure. Incidentally, on one of the BBC Master Series Games (which you MUST track down on YouTube, if you haven't done so already), Vlastimil Hort chooses a move because it "kills two flies with one swat." Perhaps this is a popular expression in Czechoslovakia? I like it.>

In Czech it is "zabít dvě mouchy jednou ranou", and yes, it is very common phrase or proverb meaning exactly the same thing as English expression "killing two birds with one stone".

Mar-31-12  jovack: White felt extremely strong in the beginning to me and slowly let his position unravel. I would have played cxd5 earlier perhaps.

I think the bishop sack, although not a bad move.. was just unnecessary and not his strongest option.

Mar-31-12  bischopper: I looked for similar games on same position and white win but no there is not...
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