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Bird / Allies vs Louis van Vliet
consultancy (1893)
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Lasker Variation (A02)  ·  1-0


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Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: Apparently this is also a consultancy this time however Bird consults with himself (assuming that info to be correct). This game was also played before the Gunsberg encounter.


Premium Chessgames Member We'll list it under Bird / Allies
Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: Are you sure it's not Bird vs Muller and Louis Van Vliet? The scoresheet mentions Muller.


Premium Chessgames Member You might be right. Let's see if we can find out more info.
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  Nightsurfer: White - in this game here <Bird/Allies vs Louis Van Vliet, 1893> - starts an experiment with the move 5. c3 ... , please have a look at the diagram as follows.

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That interesting idea 5.c3 ... - being the prelude to 6.Qa4+ ... in face of the obvious Black plan 5. ... g4 - looks less "natural" than the classic 5.d4 ..., please compare Bird vs Lasker, 1892, but 5.c3 ... has worked out well in this game here <Bird/Allies vs Louis Van Vliet, 1893>.

But 116 years later that very 5.c3 ... has failed to do the job in S Meininger vs R Gralla, 2009, maybe because of Black's new try 5. ... Nc6, please have a look at the diagram as follows.

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Since Black wants to move his right-wing Knight to the position c6 anyway that very riposte 5. ... Nc6 (in S Meininger vs R Gralla, 2009) seems to be an alternative that deserves further consideration - instead of the hasty 5. ... g4 that invites to 6.Qa4+ ... , please compare with the corresponding diagram as follows.

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The foregoing diagram depicts the position after 5. ... g4 that has been played in this game here <Bird/Allies vs Louis Van Vliet, 1893>.

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  zanzibar: WTH?! Where is this game from?
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