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Henry Edward Bird vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"Bird's Eye View" (game of the day Jan-18-2007)
London, England (1867), London ENG
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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  playground player: Bird and Steinitz played some good games together, didn't they?
Jan-18-07  Rocafella: I can imagine Bird's face when he saw f7#. A proud man with an estute look on his face. Excited by the mate he had created. At the same time he looked up to meet Stenitz's eyes, and for a split second, saw him mumble under his breath. 'You smug b******'
Jan-18-07  Brettwith2ts: Haven't they used that pun before?
Jan-18-07  GeauxCool: <Brettwith2ts> Hello!

1.)"A bird in hand": Morphy vs Bird, 1858

2.)"And this Bird You Cannot Change": Bird vs J Mason, 1876

Jan-18-07  Billosky: It's hard to believe such a game was ever actually played. How could Black allow it to come to such?
May-30-07  InspiredByMorphy: <Sneaky Pete> <he could have played 15.exd7++ Kf8 16.Qe8+> Why not 15. ...Be7 ?
May-31-07  beatgiant: <InspiredByMorphy>
On the suggested 15. exd7++ <Be7>, White has dxe8=K! The king is dead, long live the king!
May-31-07  malthrope: I was wondering when someone would post a response... :-) That was brilliant <beatgiant> 16. dxe=K# - <The king is dead, long live the king!> wishing that I would have thought of it! ~lol~ ;-) - Mal
Sep-04-07  TheaN: What is it with Bird and f4? If he isn't playing it on move one he has to play it at some other move.... a harder to achieve goal with Black, but I guess he would just resign if it would no longer be possible XD.
Sep-04-07  ughaibu: Sibahi: This game: Bird / Dobell vs Steinitz, 1866 is in Game Collection: World champions lose miniatures 1.
Sep-27-07  RookFile: This game is just a fairly typical example of Steinitz getting slapped around in an open game. He did much better in closed positions.
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  chancho: <RookFile> Bird got some slaps in, but in the end the majority of the slaps were administered by Mr Steinitz. In their last 11 games, Steinitz went +9 -1 =1
Sep-27-07  RookFile: Agreed, Steinitz was a better player than Bird.

Hey, it's lunch time, I'm going to KFC in honor of Mr. Bird.

Feb-25-08  Knight13: Trapped in Bird's nest.
May-30-09  WhiteRook48: spectacular win!!
May-31-09  I Like Fish: bird-like...
May-31-09  Sicilian Dragon: bird-nest...
Jul-15-09  YoungEd: Great game! I only wonder why it took Bird 9 moves to get in f4! :)
Jul-15-09  Emma: What a great mate
Sep-17-09  kooley782: Wow, this shows where romanticism can win when the opposition doesn't put up solid defense.
Jun-13-11  leroquentin: The best continuation. Mate in 3... 15. exd7 Kf8 16. Qe8+ Qxe8 17.d7xe8 #. Bird had a great style and knew how to use it.Even committing some oversights.
Dec-30-11  dusk: I don't think 11.Qe4 is a sacrifice, maybe it's a forced move.
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  Calli: Steinitz resigned after 14.e6

See Game XIX

Correction submitted.

Jun-06-12  Llawdogg: Do not correct this game. That's the best part.
Feb-25-15  Oliveira: Analyzing the apocryphal Bird / Dobell vs Steinitz, 1866 the astute User: Honza Cervenka indicated the more forcefully precise 14.fxg7 ♖g8 15.e6! since 14.e6?! allowed Black to castle. Not that it would save the day at the end, but at least steals the spectacular mate away from Bird.
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