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Henry Bird vs Pinkerley
"Sink the Pink" (game of the day Sep-20-2022)
Odds game (1850) (unorthodox), London ENG
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Albin Gambit (000)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: Obvious but very nifty. Try the most ridiculous move available, Qg7+, and watch as the mate unfolds. I adore this kind of puzzle.
Feb-18-09  zb2cr: Hi <ZUGZWANG67>,

Actually, I prefer using the Giuoco Piano line myself to the Ruy Lopez. Fewer analyzed lines to remember to great depth with a less-popular variation.

I've had some success with it, but I'm strictly a club player. I allowed my USCF rating to go inactive at 1456. If you could look at some of the games of the more advanced players here, you would have a better idea of the value of that system.

For example, one poster here, <Honza Cervenka> is rated 2200 in correspondence and has had a number of games published on this site under the name <Jan Cervenka>. While he has not played the Giuoco Piano opening or the Evans Gambit as White, he has a few games facing them as Black posted on <>. There are probably others; Grandmaster Ray Keene occasionally posts here, for example.

Feb-18-09  zb2cr: To <ZUGZWANG67>,

Strike that "occasionally" comment on Ray Keene--he maintains a forum here that's quite active (301 total pages). He responds to questions that other posters place there--you might ask him what his opinion of the line is!

Feb-18-09  DarthStapler: Got it
Mar-22-09  WhiteRook48: I play 3 Bc4 after 1. e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6, even though I don't play the piano :D But I NEVER play 1 e4
Jul-14-09  Hubner: 16 Bc1 ..
18 Bb2 ..

Great moveĀ“s.

Oct-31-10  Elsinore: His winning percentage wasn't great, and Morphy owned him, but Bird put together some great games. This is one of the nicest mates you'll see.
Jul-15-13  notyetagm: Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850

22 ?

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22 ♕h6-g7+! <square clearance: h6>

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22 ... ♘e6x♕g7 23 ♘g4-h6+

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23 ... ♔g8-h8 24 f6x♘g7#

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Jul-15-13  notyetagm: Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850

Game Collection: SQUARE CLEARANCE 22 Qh6-g7+! vacates the h6-square for 23 Ng4-h6+, mating

Jul-15-13  notyetagm: <WhiteRook48: I have seen this game before, so I got the puzzle in 1 second. 22. Qg7+!! Nxg7 23. Nh6+!! Kh8 24. fxg7#>

I have never seen the puzzle position before but I figured it out from scratch because 22 ♕h6-g7+! is the absolute <MOST FORCING CHESS MOVE> in the position.

The position with White to play on move 22 was featured in this past Saturday's edition of Chess Today, in Test Yourself!.

Jul-15-13  notyetagm: Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850

Game Collection: FCM: FORCING CHESS MOVES (FM HERTAN) 22 Qh6-g7+! is the most forcing move in the position, forces mate

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  catlover: Just when you thought you had cleverly left your knight to protect g7 from disaster....
Sep-20-22  sfm: Bird found a lovely mate.

But instead of
which is seriously over, the Engine says Black is fine after 19.-,Qf4

Sep-20-22  AIC: Great dark-squares bishop manoeuvres by white. But looking on how black has chosen to arrange its pieces against Mr. Bird, the result would have been the same (but a bit later)
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  MissScarlett: The PGN shows that this is meant to be a QR odds game - the SetUp string needs correcting.

User: notyetagm's diagrams suggest it used to present correctly.

I need to finally bite the bullet and buy Renette's book on Bird, but in the meantime, does anyone know the source for this game?

Sep-20-22  Hans Renette: You should!
But is this not in the fragment on Amazon?
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  MissScarlett: Do you have another book in the pipeline?
Sep-20-22  Hans Renette: three. Wisker & Lasker
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  MissScarlett: A Lasker double volume? How many games you got?
Sep-20-22  Hans Renette: Publisher does the counting :)
Sep-20-22  goodevans: <MissScarlett: The PGN shows that this is meant to be a QR odds game...>

I wish I'd known that before I played through it this morning.

<... - the SetUp string needs correcting. User: notyetagm's diagrams suggest it used to present correctly.>

Actually (as I suspected, I think I've seen something like this before) if you switch off the SF annotations then it <does> present correctly so maybe the fault is to do with that.

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  MissScarlett: I corrected it earlier. I hadn't looked at the computer annotated page.
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  GrahamClayton: My source for the pun:

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  MissScarlett: I guessed it was a snooker allusion.
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  Korora: P(a)wned!
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