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|Apr-27-15|| ||offramp: I regard Bird as a typical English big rubbish sack-of-poopoo sportsman. Totally prepared to take 2nd or 3rd or lower as long as a good show is put up. The apotheosis of that is the 1993 Short-Kasparov match.|
Tony Miles was the only English GM with huge vouloir and pouvoir, but the 5-0 match loss to Kasparov knocked the stuffing out of him: [thinks]: "If I won through the Candidates and faced Kasparov in a 24 game match, how would I do then?"
|Apr-29-15|| ||Chessical: "Mr H. E. Bird. the chess-player, has had narrow escape. He is an invalid confined his bed, and the upsetting of a light, which set fire to the bad, placed him in serious danger. He was saved by the promptitude of Mrs Hart land; his landlady, who was severely burnt in putting out the flames". |
<Source:> "Aberdeen Journal" - Thursday 13th June 1901, p.4.
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <… it is Bird we love. His victories glitter, his errors are magnificent> - H.G. Wells.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||thomastonk: Bird arrived on 1880-Jul-18 in Braunschweig or Brunswick (Germany), but is was too late to participate at the master tournament. He then played a short match with Gäbler from Braunschweig, one of the prize winners in the main tournament. Bird won the first game of the match, and Gäbler the second. Then Gäbler declined to continue. |
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Bc4 b5 5. Nxd4 bxc4 6. Nf3 Qf6 7. Nc3 Bb7 8. Qe2 Qe6 9. Nd5 Bd6 10. Qxc4 O-O-O 11. Ng5 Qg6 12. Nxf7 Nh6 13. Nxh8 Qxg2 14. Rf1 Rxh8 15. d3 Qxh2 16. Be3 Ng4 17. Bxa7 Qh6 18. a4 Nh2 19. Be3 Qh5 20. Kd2 Kd8 21. Rh1 Nf3+ 22. Kc3 Qg6 23. Rh3 Nd4 24. Re1 c6 25. Nf4 Qe8 26. b4 Qf8 27. Rb1 g5 28. Nh5 g4 29. Rhh1 Ne2+ 30. Kd2 Qf3 31. b5 Nf4 32. Nxf4 exf4 33. Bb6+ Bc7 34. Qd4 Bxb6 35. Qxb6+ Ke7 36. bxc6 Bxc6 37. Qc5+ Kd8 38. Rb8+ Kc7 39. Qb6+ Kd6 40. Rh6+ Ke7 41. Qc5+ 1-0
Source: DSZ 1881, p 179-180.
Maybe not a very serious matter. A few days later Bird went to Hamburg and played 12 days from 10 am until 12 pm and longer (consultation games, simultaneous exhibition, series of games etc.).
|Sep-07-15|| ||dark.horse: riddle me this:
Q: What's another name for Mark Texiera's injury?
A: Bird's Opening.
|Jan-12-16|| ||zanzibar: I suppose Bird does bear a resemblance to this player:|
Henry Thomas Buckle
Beware not to confuse the two, from Harding's site about his new Blackburne book:
<Page 111: The photograph said to be of Henry Bird turns out actually to be of Buckle. It was mis-captioned in P. W. Sergeant's book where we found the picture, and apparently several other authors have been deceived by this. We hope to have the picture replaced in any future reprint..>
|Jan-26-16|| ||quillan: I noticed a biography on Bird is announced: http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-....|
|Feb-04-16|| ||zanzibar: In regards to his performance in <2nd BCA Congress - London (1886)>:|
<"Mr. Bird was also in bad health during the whole of the Tournament, for his old enemy the gout had got fairly hold of him and hence his play is much below his usual standard. Seldom or never did he display his wonderful resources in difficulties and once a game went against him he seemed to collapse right off ; indeed no one seeing the games would trace any signs of Bird's play in his ordinary form. Gout, however, is a heavy handicapper, and it says no little for Bird's pluck that he continued to play on under these adverse circumstances, and not only to play but to beat Pollock and Mortimer and to draw with Mason."
- BCM v7 p355>
|Jun-05-16|| ||RookFile: A man who played Morphy, Steinitz and Lasker.|
|Jul-14-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Henry Bird.|
|Jul-14-16|| ||AlicesKnight: Thanks to all posters, new and old, who have found such interesting nooks and crannies of information about Bird (and indeed others). A pleasure to browse and fill out the character behind the board.|
|Sep-12-16|| ||Marcelo Bruno: For me one the most remarkable chess masters of all times. I enjoy very much his playing style: he's one of my favorites.|
|Oct-23-16|| ||offramp: I would estimate his playing strength as about 1198. |
However, because he is from years ago I'd also say that IF HE HAD TWO WEEKS TO CATCH UP ON THEORY he would be World Champion within a week.
|Oct-24-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: <AlicesKnight: Thanks to all posters, new and old, who have found such interesting nooks and crannies of information about Bird (and indeed others). >|
It's well known that he ate like a Bird.
|Oct-25-16|| ||offramp: I found out a lot about him on the internet.
I've been surfing Bird.
|Oct-26-16|| ||offramp: I am amazed that some dweeb has written a 680p book on this 1198 Bri Schmo.|
It is only 75 buckaroonies if you want a punt.
Colossal misdirected energy and effort.
|Oct-26-16|| ||posoo: UVRUMP give da book a chance u mite like it. DO NOT judge a book by its covur Ms. Dolmater taught me dat in da GARDUN OF CHILDRAN.|
|Oct-26-16|| ||MissScarlett: 1198 - 476 = 722. That should keep <offramp> busy for the next 6 months.|
|Oct-26-16|| ||posoo: WAT is a BRISCHMO?|
|Oct-26-16|| ||offramp: <posoo: WAT is a BRISCHMO?>|
A BRItish Schmo, a British idiot.
|Oct-30-16|| ||offramp: http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-...|
"H.E. Bird, A Chess Biography with 1,198 Games. By Hans Renette."
Hans Renette would be a good name for the wife/partner of Hans Ree.
The book has 680pp. $75. It is a bad time for us in Britain to but anything in dollars or euros, as the £ has collapsed a bit. If you are in the euro-zone it might well be worth buying. 1,198 games is a lot of games.
|Oct-30-16|| ||TheFocus: <off ramp> <1,198 games is a lot of games.>|
But how many are quality?
|Oct-30-16|| ||quillan: You can see a sample of the book at Amazon and Google books. Many games are thoroughly analysed.|
|Feb-21-17|| ||zanzibar: Here's an interesting footnote written by Bird in his book on the <Steinitz & Lasker Match (1894)>, where he discusses what to do while waiting for the opponent to move:|
Note.—The etiquette of chess requires the player to remain in the room, and in fact sitting at the play table, whilst his opponent is considering his moves. As a game at present time-limit lasts six or eight hours, patience becomes a very valuable quality if not a virtue. The long waiting is naturally more onerous to one of 60 years of age than to one of 30. We may not work, read, take a walk, or study, and looking out of a window is not good form; we find these long waits very irksome. It is absurd to say that better chess is produced by it: take the games in the Steinitz and Zukertort match, the Tarrasch and Tchigorin, and the present one or most recent between Steinitz and Lasker, test them, and we find more than an average of faults. Given a good fat blunder at chess we should at first look for it in a long time move. <Besides, if eight hours—a fair intellectual working day—is necessary for a game at chess, why not at once play these matches by correspondence, for no one cares to look long on them at present pace.><<>>
It's actually a "top"-note on p12. (em added)
The last part is rather amusing, why not play them by correspondence?!
|Jul-06-17|| ||zanzibar: Albert Roberts (kibitz #4)|
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