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Henry Edward Bird vs Amos Burn
London (1886), London ENG, Nov-17
Italian Game: Bird's Attack (C53)  ·  1-0


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Jul-06-05  Knight13: 15. Nf6+!! wow! Brilliant move! The start of the Mate-a-thon... Beautiful.
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  whiteshark: London 1886, 13 participants.

1-2. Blackburne and Burn with 8.5 points,
(Blackburne won the playoff.)

Last: <Bird> with 2.5 points and a single victory....

Feb-17-12  Antiochus: A very old case of ladder of pawns
sheltering the king(common in kings-indian defences). A few more: Spassky vs Petrosian, 1967

W Rocha vs R Watanabe, 1991

R Janssen vs I Sokolov, 2002

No self-locking of a pawn, a severe restriction is required (type Anastasia's mate) Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 preparing check-mates.
When the variants are numerous or much calculated the right term should be king-hunt. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958

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  zanzibar: Might this game actually have been from <Nottingham (1886)> and not <London (1886)>?

(The BCA ran one tournament, Staunton's Counties Chess Assoc the other)

I have a fairly reliable source, <"Brooklyn Chess Chronicle (Oct 1886-Sept 1887) p168 Game N426"> which has <Bird--Burns> as a nice 67-move game, specifically from London.

<Whiteshark>'s results are correct for <London (1886)>, but I'm quite inclined to think this game doesn't belong to that tournament.

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  Pawn and Two: <Zanzibar> I found my Nottingham 1886 tournament book. This book also includes another London 1886 tournament.

The tournament book is: "London Feb/Mar 1886 and Nottingham 1886", by A.J. Gillam.

The above Bird vs Burn game is not from either of these tournaments, nor as previously indicated, is it from the London July 1886 tournament.

At the Nottingham 1886 tournament, Bird vs Burn was a Ruy Lopez, which resulted in a 65 move draw. Unfortunately, the complete game score for this game was not available. The tournament book did provide moves 1-3, Black's 4th move, several comments regarding the middlegame play, and then a diagram with all of the moves from 47.Rxf4 until 63....Kxf3.

Bird played in the London Feb/Mar 1886 tournament, but Burn did not.

Jan-30-16  TheFocus: This was an offhand game played in London at Simpson's Divan on November 17, 1886.

This is game #250 in <Amos Burn A Chess Biography> by Richard Forster.

Original source is <Hereford Times>, December 11, 1886..

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  zanzibar: <TheFocus> solves the mystery game!
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