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Berthold Englisch vs Henry Edward Bird
Paris (1878), Paris FRA, rd 18, Jul-16
French Defense: Normal Variation (C00)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: 33...Rcxe3 was an awful blunder. Bird ovelooked 34.Rxg7 Kf8 35.Rg8+ Ke7 36.Qh4+ with winning attack of white. 33...Kf8 would have won the game for black. I wonder why white did not play 13.Ba3 Re8 14.Bb5 winning an exchange.
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  Honza Cervenka: The point of 33...Kf8! is that after 34.Rxg7 black has a pretty shot 34...Qxd4!! Of course, Queen cannot be taken for mate in 2 moves but the main wit of this move is that it protects square h4. 35.Bf2 Rc1+ 36.Kg2 Qxf2+ 37.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 38.Kxf2 Kxg7 is then easy to find. And if 33...Kf8 34.Bxh6, then 34...Rxf3 35.Qh4 Rd3 36.Bxg7+ Ke8 37.Qh8+ Kd7 38.e6+ Qxe6 and checks of white are over.
Apr-04-08  Knight13: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks, good stuff!

One hell of a game!

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