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George Alcock MacDonnell vs Henry Edward Bird
"Knight After Knight" (game of the day Jun-15-2009)
London LB (1874)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Long Whip (C39)  ·  0-1


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Apr-04-08  Knight13: Compare this one with Bird vs J Mason, 1876. I like the Mason one better.
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  whiteshark: Pun: A Bird never flew on one wing.
May-22-09  randomsac: This is a very exciting game. What else do you expect from king's gambit? I loved the underpromotions to win material. There were some slips as some of the kibitzers have noted, but it is still a very interesting and exciting game.
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  RandomVisitor: 22...Nc6!

<Honza's> line is spoiled by 31.Qg6+ with perpetual.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amusing little gem, for all its flaws. Any other games featuring consecutive Knight underpromotions?
Jun-15-09  GMNick: Bird had a funny sense of humour...
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  Once: Now that is seriously funny chess. The only downside is that we were denied the wonderful sight of four black knights on the board at the same time.

Reminds me a little of the film Zulu where a force with superior numbers battles a smaller army with better firepower.

Or if you are too young to remember Zulu, try the science-fiction remake "Starship troopers".

Or if you are too young for Starship troopers, think Orks vs Space Marines. Waaagh!

Jun-15-09  bvwp: Bird usually features in games as an ingenious but gallant loser. The inaccuracies remarked upon would explain why this would be the case. So it's nice to see him get a win.
Jun-15-09  psmith: Fritz 5.32 found 12... d5! 13. Bxd5 Bg7! to be very strong for Black. I can't find a defense for White.
Jun-15-09  xrt999: you just dont see people with the name "Alcock" nowadays....
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  kevin86: Is this a record? Black underpromotes to a knight in sucessive moves.

The game AND the pun are great!

Jun-15-09  Waitaka: <An Englishman: Any other games featuring consecutive Knight underpromotions?>

Not consecutive: V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956

Jun-15-09  njchess: Fun game from Bird. Despite the somewhat tactically dubious play on both sides, MacDonnell must have suspected something when Bird offers up his queen. I doubt he imagined losing a knight, a bishop and both rooks(!) for a bishop, a queen and two pawns. Thereafter, White's queen and bishop are no match for Bird's rooks and knights.
Jun-15-09  Shams: A deserved pun win for <Phony Benoni>.
Jun-15-09  Lightboxes: 26. Qe4??
Win one of the rooks instead of the bishop?
Jun-15-09  lzromeu: Very funny pun and game.
Added to my favorites.
Beautiful win without a Queen.

Another possible Pun with merchandising: "Flying Horses"

Jun-15-09  WhiteRook48: those funny knight promotions
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  GrahamClayton: <Honza Cervenka>White missed another blow in his 26th move: 26.Qe4!! Rf7 27.Bxe7!! (Not 27.Qxb7?? for Rf2+! 28.Kg1 Bg2 etc.).

I looked at 29.♕b5+ c6 30.♕d3 (Stopping the Black Rook from moving along the 2nd rank and protecting the g2 Bishop). 30...♖f3 looks good, attacking the Queen to give Black time to retreat the g2-Bishop, but then I think White has 31.♕e4, with the double attack on the e7 Knight. 31...♖f7 simply allows 32.♔g2.

Jun-15-09  remolino: What a fanstastic pun!!!
Feb-25-10  tommy boy: what an imagination and calculation! This game is realy fantastic
Oct-21-10  sevenseaman: ...15.dxe4, ...17.Bxd5 ...22. f1=N+,...23.exf1=N+ are some of the remarkable twists in this very queerly conducted game by Bird. About 7 replays do not look too many.

How 38. bxc3 insulates the vital Black R on d2 from the high voltage White Q on a5, is a masterstroke.

The only thing one can say with a degree of certainty is that Bird knew his onions and where he was going!

I've liked the game immensely; pure entertainment and high drama on the road.

Oct-21-10  sevenseaman: I wouldn't be surprised if some one said to me - Bird was a prankster!
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  Bubo bubo: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Amusing little gem, for all its flaws. Any other games featuring consecutive Knight underpromotions?>

Better late than never: The game S Schweber vs B Wexler, 1964 ends with two consecutive ♘-promotions.

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  whiteshark: The ♔night is dark and full of terrors ...
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  MJCB: Why not 33... Kt h2+, followed by 34... Rf1. unless I miss something, this is mate?
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