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Henry Edward Bird vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
London (1879)
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Mestel Variation (A02)  ·  1-0


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Oct-24-04  Knight13: "Bird is a Provisional Defender as in Advanced Attacker." -- Knight13
Jul-01-05  Knight13: I would rank this game as Bird's best game ever played using the Bird's Opening.
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  notyetagm: 21 ♗e6! ♘g8 22 d5 ♘f6 23 ♗xd7 ♖xd7 24 ♘e6+ ♖xe6 25 dxe6 is a nice sequence by Bird, exploiting the weak e6-square to win the exchange with a knight fork.
Apr-16-07  Paul123: How about Tartakower? He played the hell out of the Bird. Won most of his games too.
May-21-08  YoungEd: I agree that this is a pretty game! Black was busted by move 32, though. Down an exchange and a pawn, with not even a hint of an attack! Bird does a good job of mopping up.
Aug-21-08  TheaN: I like how <42.Qd5!> lays traps on Black.

<42....Ke8 43.Qg8 Qf8 44.Rd8 >

<42....Kf8 43.Rd8 Kg7 44.Qg8 Kh6 (Kf6 45.Rf8 Qxf8 46.Qxf8 ) 45.R1d6! Nxd6 46.Rxd6 Qxd6 47.cxd6 >

<42....Kg7 43.Rd7! Rxd7 44.Qxd7 Kf6 (Qxd7 45.Rxd7 Kf6 46.c6) 45.Qxe7 Kxe7 46.c6! >

If 46....Nd6 47.c7 Nc8 (Kd7 48.Rxd6 ) 48.Rd8 .

Jul-14-09  acolyte: Cracks me up that he didn't even touch his e-pawn. It's like rubbing it in.
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