|May-05-03|| ||Rookpawn: In the approximately 85 games between these two players, this is the only one to open without 1. d4 or 1. e4. |
|May-07-03|| ||Rookpawn: The above statistic excludes transpositions from 1. f4 to some other system. |
|May-22-03|| ||Kenkaku: Interesting that Morphy endorses Bird's Opening, although it's most likely just a mark of the times, like the popularity of the King's Gambit during this period. |
|Aug-02-04|| ||Knight13: He didn't play Bird's Opening well enought to attack. Good game. |
|Mar-20-06|| ||who: <Kenkaku> he endorses it as an offbeat opening.|
|Aug-12-06|| ||sneaky pete: <40.Nb3 would have drawn the game.> I think not, black may continue 40... d3 41.Kxd3 Bxb2 with a7-a5-a4 to follow.|
If however after 40.b3 a5 instead of 41.Kd5?? .. white plays 41.Nf3 .. or 41.Kd3 .. I think he can hold the game.
|May-20-07|| ||beatgiant: <sneaky pete>
<41.Nf3 .. or 41.Kd3 .. I think he can hold the game.>
41. Nf3 Kc5 42. Ne1! with 43. Nd3+, etc. does look like it holds.
But 41. Kd3?! looks risky. For example, 41. Kd3 Kc5 42. Ke4 Bg3 43. Nf3 Bf2, and it looks like White is falling into zugzwang.
|May-20-07|| ||Nasruddin Hodja: Since Morphy preferred the Dutch Defense against 1. d4, it is no surprise that he would endorse Bird's Opening as an offbeat alternative.|
What's more interesting, given his comments, is that his understanding of the endgame seems to be a century ahead of Labourdonnais and McDonnell's endgame skill, and not just a mere 20 years.
|May-20-07|| ||sneaky pete: <beatgiant> I prefer 41.Nf3 .. with Nf3-e1-d3/c2 but surprisingly (knight against bishop, pawn minus) even the provacative 41.Kd3 .. seems to hold.|
41.Kd3 Kc5 42.Ke4 Bg3 43.Nf3 Bf2 44.Kd3 Kd5 45.Ke2 Be3 46.Kd3 .. or 45... Bg3 46.Kd3 .. and what next? The bishop is rather short-winded and tied to the defence of pawn d4. If there is a win for black, the key may be not Zugzwang but a timely sacrifice of the bishop to gain a second pawn, for instance 45... Ke4?! in the line above - looks rather suicidal.
|May-20-07|| ||beatgiant: <sneaky pete>
Once Black's king reaches d5, Black has enough scope for temporizing bishop moves, and White has trouble holding both the e4 square and the f-pawn.
For example, 1.Kd3 Kc5 42.Ke4 Bg3 43.Nf3 Bf2 44.Kd3 Kd5 45.Ke2 <Bg3>, so now 46. Kd3 Be5 47. Nd2 Bf4 48. Nf3 Be3. Looks like zugzwang to me.
|May-20-07|| ||beatgiant: Anyway, even if 41. Kd3 loses, still we think 41. Nf3 holds, so Black must look earlier for an improvement to win this ending.|
How about <37...d3!> 38. Kxd3 Bxb2, opening it up. At first glance, it looks like an easy win for Black.
|May-20-07|| ||Gypsy: <What's more interesting, given his comments, is that his understanding of the endgame seems to be a century ahead of Labourdonnais and McDonnell's endgame skill, and not just a mere 20 years.> Why? Morphy's only comment on the endgame is wrong: While the text <40.b3!> is the strongest move, Morphy's <40.Nb3?> should lose. Moreover, also at other places of the endgame Morphy either fails to give a winning continuation for Black or a saving continuation for White.|
|May-22-07|| ||Nasruddin Hodja: <Gypsy>: Eeps. You're right, I think. I missed 40. Nb3 d3! 41. Kxd3 Bxb2 and white can't hold both his weak f5 pawn and hold back black's q-side pawn majority. Still, I think Morphy's previous comments, though sparse, were generally on the money.|
|May-22-07|| ||Gypsy: <Nasruddin Hodja> My comment was not really intended as a criticism of Mr. Morphy's, but rather as a defense of honor of messrs Labourdannais and MacDonnell. Given how much of their play had to be, by necessity, seat of the pants creations -- rudimentary especially in the endgames. But one can not but marvel at their tactical imagination and combinative powers. Moreover, Labourdannais was also a decent middlegame strategist; not as smooth as Morphy, but fairly close.|
|Oct-28-07|| ||nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.|
De La Bourdonnais 11 mistakes:
16.Bxd4 -0.68 (16.fxe5 0.28)
18.Re6 -1.19 (18.a3 -0.62)
28.Nf3 -1.05 (28.h4 -0.11)
29.h4 -0.90 (29.g4 -0.08)
32.Nb3+ -0.79 (32.a3 -0.42)
33.Na5+ -1.41 (33.Nd2+ -0.77)
41.Kd5 -3.10 (41.Nc4 0.00)
47.Ke2 -4.64 (47.Nb2 -3.34)
48.Ne3 -6.59 (48.Kd3 -4.84)
49.Nc4 -10.26 (49.Nd1 -6.61)
52.axb3 -38.69 (52.Nxb3 -10.66)
McDonnell 7 mistakes:
14...e5 0.25 (14...Nc6 -0.42)
17...f6 -0.62 (17...Rhe8 -0.98)
25...Kb5 0.00 (25...Bb4 -1.11)
28...Be5 -0.08 (28...Bf4 -1.05)
34...Kc4 0.00 (34...Kc5 -1.40)
37...b4 -0.25 (37...d3 -1.49)
40...a5 0.00 (40...Kc6 -0.68)
|Feb-27-08|| ||wolfmaster: Ah, the TRUE creator of Bird's Opening!|
|Feb-01-12|| ||Knight13: <wolfmaster: Ah, the TRUE creator of Bird's Opening!> But Henry Edward Bird was the <inventor> of the Bird's Opening. :-)|