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Bernhard Horwitz vs Henry Bird
London (1851), London ENG, rd 1, May-27
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-07-06  Knight13: This opening is like the transposed version of the Bird's Opening.

And 16. Qxe5? is bad. I think 16. Rb1 and 17. b4 or 17. a3 followed by b4 is better. Note that 16. Rb1 makes the Qxe5 move safer.

Jan-07-07  shulman4prez:
Dec-19-08  just a kid: Love the opening name.
Dec-19-08  whiteshark: <22.Rxb7 > was better

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Dec-19-08  just a kid: <whiteshark>I got a draw.Can you supply a analysis line or something.
Dec-20-08  whiteshark: <just a kid> Learning is essential to improve in chess. Thus I would like to suggest that you show me your drawing line first. :D

(Hint: White's threat is Ne3-g4 --> Nh6+ --> Nxf7)

Dec-21-08  just a kid: It's rather long and I don't want to type the whole thing out.
Feb-20-09  2064: 22. Rxb7, Rxd3

Pawn formation devastated and knight in danger. Bad idea, Hurwitz’s move was sound.

Jan-06-14  offramp: 22.Rxb7 was probably better, as <whiteshark> mentioned.

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...Rxd3 23.Ng4!

Feb-23-15  Marcelo Bruno: It's very interesting that, if Black plays 52. … Kf6, he loses the game with 53. Rf7+ followed by 54. Rxf2. This I consider a remarkable game where all the 3 result possibilities (1-0, 0-1 and ½-½) were contemplated until the end. A chef d'œuvre to be seriously studied by anyone.
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  wwall: After 51...Nf2 (threatening 52...Rg4 mate), White has a perpetual check after 52.Rb7+. But instead of 51...Nf2, why not 51...Nxc5, winning the pawn? Black may have some winning chances after 52...Ne4 or 52...Kf6 or 52...Re5.
Oct-21-16  Aunt Jemima: 16. Ne3 looks safer and more solid, heading to d5.
Oct-21-16  Aunt Jemima: 23. g4 Ng7 24. a4 looks better than playing a4 straight away.

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