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James Mason vs Henry Edward Bird
New York (1876)
Vienna Game: Anderssen Defense (C25)  ·  1-0


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May-16-05  prinsallan: Mason certainly squeezing himself to the win. I love the way he just surrenders his own pawn for the control of the D-file with the stunningly quiet 28: Kh1. At frist glance it really looks like a sac to gain the d-file, but shortly afterwards we see the real intention... gaining important ground for the F-pawn. Only 2 moves later Bird begs for mercy with his try to exchange Rooks but is refuted and knows he is a beaten man.

Very nicely played by Mason, the man who loves to do things "his way".

Sep-13-05  Ultra: Mason reaps the joys of the passed pawn.
Jan-17-06  Tommy Jensen: Bird's 9.-,exf4 looks weak. If instead 9.-,Bxf3 10.Qxf3,Nd4 11.Qd1,Qh4+ 12.Kf1,exf4 then black should be winning in the long run, thus rightfully punishing the unestethic Bf1-Bc4-Bb5 sequence in moves 5 and 6.
Dec-19-06  Cyphelium: <Tommy Jensen> I agree with you. Also, black could consider 9.- ♗xf3 10. ♕xf3 ♘d4 11. ♕d1 ♕h4+ 12. ♔f1 ♘b3!? 13. ♘xc5 ♘xa1 14. ♘xb7 f5, which looks pretty bad for white.
Apr-04-08  Knight13: White's Bc4-c5-xc6 of which I do not like.

After 11. O-O I favor Black's position.

Apr-04-08  mistreaver: What is the point of 5 Bc4 and then 6 Bb5?
<After 11. O-O I favor Black's position.> Well it is debatable. White is underdeveloped but if when he catches up he gets the better game
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