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Frank Morley vs Henry Edward Bird
London (1886), London ENG
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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  Ron: Came across this game with the random game feature. 14. e6! seems to be the best move. Black's subsequent play could have been somewhat different but it would have led to a ruinous loss of material for him. I was also struck by the quick development with gain of tempo by white.

Apr-04-08  Knight13: 5...Qh4 is bad. And 5...Qf6 wasn't new at this time either.
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  fm avari viraf: "A Bird in hand is better than two in the bush." A nice game.
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  FSR: This game is discussed by Morley's son, Frank Vigor Morley, in his book <My One Contribution to Chess> (1945).
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  FSR: <Knight13: 5...Qh4 is bad. And 5...Qf6 wasn't new at this time either.>

Indeed. 5...Qf6!, introduced by Steinitz in 1862, was old hat by 1886.

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  perfidious: Black's fifth move is not one which ever occurred to me the half-dozen times or so I had that position.

Rough day at the office for Bird in this disaster.

Mar-11-13  JimNorCal: <FSR>: the write-up by Morley's son was terrific, thanks for posting!
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