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Henry Edward Bird vs Pfander
ENG (1903)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Allgaier Gambit (C39)  ·  1-0


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Oct-24-04  Knight13: 6... Nh6 is not a good way to defend it. 6... Qe7 is the best way.

This is the last game recorded on Henry Bird, and last game winning.

Oct-09-06  Knight13: <Knight13> 6...Qe7 loses to Nxf7. 6...Nh6 is the only way.

But then, this is the King's Gambit! Black's king was wide open.

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  YoungEd: It looks as though Black's first mistake was actually 5...h5. The normal move is 5...h6. Surprisingly, the Opening Explorer shows White as having an edge in just about every line of this variation.
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  Marcelo Bruno: Even at his last game Bird plays his role properly.
May-05-18  Jean Defuse: ...

The game above, could be a good candidate for a mistake record (in various databases) - the only correct information is that Bird won...

Hans Renette - H.E. Bird - A Chess Biography, p. 255, #512:

'The following game probably occurred more than once in Bird's career. Bird included it in his column in the Sheffield and Rother­ham Independent of 2 December 1882, stating that the game was played on 12 October 1881 against C. Sfander. In Modern Chess (p. 12), Black's name is given as C. Kauder, with 1882 as year in which the game was played. Finally, in a biographical ar­ticle on Bird that appeared in the March 1889 edition of Chess Monthly (p. 206), the player behind the Black pieces was named C. Pfander.'

H.E. Bird v E.J. Taylor (Odds - Ra1)

Offhand game, London (Simpson's Divan), 24 September 1879.

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ng5 h5 6. Bc4 Nh6 7. d4 f6 8. Bxf4 fxg5 9. hxg5 Nf7 10. g6 Ng5 11. Qd2 Nxe4 12. Bf7+ Ke7 13. Nc3 (Another version can occasionally be seen: 13. Bg5+ Nxg5 14. Qxg5+ Kd6 15. Qc5# mate.) Nxd2 14. Nd5 mate.

Source: Chess Monthly, November 1879, p. 83.


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