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Henry Edward Bird vs Johannes Zukertort
"Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang" (game of the day Jan-15-2020)
London (1883), London ENG, rd 14, May-28
Italian Game: Bird's Attack (C53)  ·  0-1



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  kevin86: Zukertort takes advantage of Bird's faulty sacrifice,good play leads to win for black.
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  offramp: 89.Kc4 might hold out.
Apr-04-08  Knight13: <offramp: 89.Kc4 might hold out. > What's your line? I don't think it makes any difference.
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  offramp: 89. Kc4 a3 (89...Kb2 90. Kb4 a3 91. Na4+ Kc2 92. e4 a2 93. Ka3=) 90. Kb4 a2 91.Ka3=

Perhaps Crafty could have a look at 89.Kc4.

May-01-08  Judah: Surprisingly, Zukertort's 88th move is a blunder. The problem with 88...Kc2 is that, by blocking the c-file, which the White Knight is on, it allows White's King to penetrate with 89.Kc4. <offramp> gave the relevant lines: Black does not have enough time to both protect his pawn and get his Rook out of its way. After 90.Kb4, the pawn must move to a3 or a2 to prevent capture. If it goes to a2, 91.Ka3, and the pawn must fall. If instead he tries to leave the pawn on a3 and protect it with the King, White counters by Na4+ and (if ...Ka2) Nc3+. Black is not able to promote his pawn.

If Zukertort had not played Kc2 (e.g. 88...Kb2), this would not be possible, however: 89.Kc4 would fail to the simple 89...Rc1+ 90...RxN, and Black wins the pawn race.

May-01-08  Judah: Sadly for Bird, he wasted a tempo by pointlessly pushing his e-pawn and the game was lost.
Nov-01-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Wordplay in that includes:

Bird(s) -- obvious
Sweet -- Zukertort
Late -- endgame
The whole title of a great book -- it's about clones, which is vaguely like pawn promotion, which is the point of most endgames

Jan-15-20  rcs784: Seems like Bird had a threefold repetition on move 68. Anyone know if that rule was in effect yet in 1883?
Jan-15-20  The Kings Domain: A good, lengthy game. Love these vintage nuggets.
Jan-15-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: <rcs784>,

I'm not seeing a 3x repetition.

Jan-15-20  sadmadbadcad: <rcs784> The repetition rule at London 1883 was different from the modern rule. It required a 3-fold repetition of moves, not just position. Although you are correct in pointing out that there was a 3-fold repetition of position, the position was repeated after different move sequences (65 Kc2 & 65 Ke2).
Jan-15-20  sadmadbadcad: Correction: I meant 65 Kc2 and 67 Ke2.
Jan-15-20  7he5haman: Why not 39.Bxg4, nabbing a pawn?
Jan-15-20  7he5haman: With h5 to follow!
Jan-15-20  MelvinDoucet: <7he5haman> Because then Rc4 wins the pawn back and white falls apart on the queen's side.
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  Breunor: Losing move should have been 41 Nc3? Bxg4 was necessary:

1) -3.19 (26 ply) 41...Nxd4 42.Rxf6 Nb3+ 43.Kc2 Nxf6 44.Rg3 Nc5 45.Rg5 Nd3 46.b6 Nc5 47.g3 Rc6 48.Bxc4 Ng4 49.Bb5 Rc8 50.Kb2 f6 51.Rd5 Nxe3 52.Rd2 Nf5 53.Rd5 Ne7 54.Rd2 e3 55.Rc2 Rd8 56.Ne2

After Bxg4:

1) -0.38 (28 ply) 41.Bxg4 hxg4 42.Rxg4 Ne7 43.Nc3 Rf2+ 44.Kd1 f5 45.Rg5 Rf1+ 46.Kd2 Rf8 47.g3 Rf2+ 48.Kc1 Rf3 49.Kd2 f4 50.exf4 R8xf4 51.gxf4 e3+ 52.Ke2 Rxh3 53.Rc5 Nf5 54.Rxc4 Rh2+ 55.Kd1 Rxh4 56.d5 Kh6 57.Ne2 Rh2

However, after other moves the game gets a little closer.

After 50 ... Ke5? Rg4ch equalizes.

Best was

50...Kf5 51.Rh4 Kg5 52.Rh1 Rd3 53.Rc1 f5 54.Nd1 Nxa4 -+ -2.59 (27 ply)

After Ke5? we have

1) -0.37 (32 ply) 51...f5 52.g4 Rf8 53.gxf5 Rxf5 54.Rg8 Rh5 55.Rd8 Rh2+ 56.Kd1 Rh1+ 57.Kc2 Nd3 58.Kd2 Kf5 59.Rd7 Rh2+ 60.Kd1 b6 61.Rd6 Rh3 62.Kd2 Nb4 63.Rxb6 Rh2+ 64.Kd1 Nc2 65.Rb8 Nxe3+ 66.Ke1 Nc2+ 67.Kd1 e3 68.Rf8+ Ke5 69.Re8+ Kd6 70.Ne2 Kc5 71.Kxc2 Rxe2+ 72.Kc3 Ra2 73.Re5+ Kd6 74.Rxe3 Rxa4 75.b6 Rb4

Perhaps the final losing move should have been 72 b7?

Instead Nxe4 is

72.Nxe4+ Ke7 73.b7 Rh8 74.Nxc5 Rb8 75.Kc3 Kd6 76.Kxc4 = 0.00 (50 ply)

After b7? we have:

1) -3.35 (38 ply) 72...Rh2+ 73.Kc1 Rh8 74.Nxe4+ Ke7 75.Nd2 Rb8 76.Nxc4 Rxb7 77.Nxa5 Rb6 78.Kc2 Ra6 79.Nc4 Rxa4 80.Kc3 Ke6 81.Kd3 Rb4 82.Nd2 Kd5 83.Kc3 Ra4 84.Kb3 Ra1 85.Nc4 Rc1 86.Nb6+ Ke4 87.Kb2 Re1 88.Na4 c4 89.Kc3 Kd5 90.Kd2 Ra1 91.Nc3+ Kc5 92.Kc2 Ra3 93.Kb2 Ra6 94.Kc2 Re6 95.Nd1 Kb4 96.Nc3 Re8 97.Nd1 Rd8 98.Nf2

But once again, 88 Kc2? should give up the win.

88...Kb2 89.Nd3+ Kc2 90.Kc4 Kd2 91.Kd4 Rb1 92.Ne5 Rb4+ -+ -132.73 (45 ply)

89 Kc4 draws:

89.Kc4 a3 90.Kb4 a2 91.Ka3 Kc3 92.Na4+ Kc4 93.Nb6+ Kb5 = 0.00 (101 ply)

89 e4 then finally loses for good, technically mate in 37.

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