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Mikhail Chigorin vs Henry Bird
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 36, May-13
Ponziani Opening: General (C44)  ·  1-0



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Feb-25-04  drukenknight: another nice ponziani from chigorin. Birds queen stands around helplessly while the K runs across the battlefield. I think 31...Qh5 may have messed that up. Does anyone think the K can be moved q side in this opening? like 15...Kd1?
Feb-25-04  TrueFiendish: At first glance 15...Kd8 does look better, leaving the e- and b-files available for rooks.
Feb-25-04  TrueFiendish: Maybe Bird could have tried 31...Rd8, counterattacking...
Apr-04-08  Knight13: <TrueFiendish: Maybe Bird could have tried 31...Rd8, counterattacking... > 32. Qxd8 and White wins.
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  nasmichael: He really smelled blood in the water....He would not let go of his quarry!
Oct-06-13  john barleycorn: Steinitz:

1.) 34. Rxg7+ "magnificent sacrifice"

2.) 29.Rd3 would have put an end to all resistance.

3.) 14....Bd6 is an "ill-considered" move whereas 14...h5 should be played.

Dec-06-13  davide2013: In the book: my love affair with Tchigorin, by A.E. Santasiere, the black player is Baird not Bird. And also in Chesstempo database this game is given as Baird John.
Dec-07-13  sneaky pete: Santasiere (or more likely his editor Ken Smith) and Chesstempo are both wrong. Chigorin's game (from round 19) as white vs John Baird was a King's Gambit Declined.
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  fredthebear: A Bird and two Bairds (so did Burn, Blackburne, and Burille) played in this the 6th American Chess Congress Tournament. Chigorin came in second, having played 46 games! Nowadays, a fellow couldn't afford to stay in the hotel that long.

Creative play, enjoyable to watch. We have another Railroad Mate in the middle of the board (w/the help of the bishop's stop gap).

Nov-12-22  stone free or die: Normally a <Railroad Mate> involves driving the king along either a file or a rank.

Over at <ChessTempo>, or even <chessfox>, they would call this a <Killbox Mate>

Everything I know about <Railroad Mates> I learned from <Z Legend of CG> - including his (slight) regret over the <Killbox Mate> naming.

Nov-13-22  stone free or die: .

<"Beware misinformation, and keep on the right track"

        ... <-- ... -- <Z legend of CG> -- ... --> ... >

* * * * *

So, let's ignore the diversionary fireworks and again reiterate that this game does NOT end in a railroad mate (RRM).

The railroad mate involves trapping the enemy king between the "rails". The queen travels on one rail, the rook on the other, chug-chug-chugging the king straight along either a file or rank.

It ends up as an edge mate position, or with a stop (the original nomenclature for the final position was either RRM-diag or RRM-ortho, now more commonly called a Kill Box or Triangle Mate [I forget which is which]).

The mate was "invented" by <Z Legend> (in one or another of his many guises!), along with Balestra and Escalator Mates, over on ChessTempo. Here's a good RRM description (one that can be trusted for accuracy):

Here's a good example:

<Example 1 - (White to move, one branch involves RRM)>

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The mate was "discovered" in this position:

<Example 2 - (Black to move, RRM finish)>

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Note that the last example demonstrates a feature of the RRM - it has a "coloring" (so here the Q+R skip over those squares on the rails controlled by the opponent).

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