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Timothy Taylor vs Andrew Jonathan Mestel
Lone Pine (1978), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 3, Apr-04
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Mestel Variation (A02)  ·  0-1
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Apr-02-07  ChessNe1: Why the Mestel variation? The variation existed long before Mr. Mestel.
Apr-02-07
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  TheAlchemist: Maybe because he analyzed it more in depth. Like the Sveshnikov, it was already played before him, but Sveshnikov made it more popular.
Apr-02-07  ChessNe1: CG.com has no record of a person named Fichtl. There was a game in 1958 in Czechoslovakia between Miroslav Filip and this guy Fichtl, one not in the base. I hope it was not a fichtional name...hahahahaO-:
Apr-02-07  ChessNe1: Thanks <TheAlchemist>. But is it officially called Mestel variation, or only in Tim Taylor's book?
Jan-18-09  Aurora: <ChessNe1: But is it officially called Mestel variation, or only in Tim Taylor's book?>

Taylor wrote: "<I> call this line the Mestel Variation after the only GM brave enough to play Black's side of it in thirty years!"

Oct-29-09  OnlyBelieve: True, but this game entered uncharted territory around move 5, if I'm not mistaken. I've never seen the Mestel Variation before Mestel - where's the game you saw? I've never even played against it, to be honest, and I'm a Bird player!
Nov-11-09  OnlyBelieve: Sidenote: Taylor says in his book on the Bird opening that he's been staring at the position after move 18 for years, and even with his trusty Fritz, has no idea which side is better.

Sidenote2: Although there is no clear advantage, it is generally thought that white is better after move 18.

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