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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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