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Henry Bird vs Jules Arnous de Riviere
"Midnight Ride of Bird Revere" (game of the day Aug-07-2021)
Casual game (1859), London ENG, Apr-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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Jul-05-05  Knight13: Good maueuver of Knights by Bird.

Good game.

Jul-05-05  Giancarlo: <>
34.g4 is mate.
Jul-03-13  Phony Benoni: <"...And his speed and sparkle and eccentricity must have interested Morphy himself, to the degree that he took down some of Bird's games. That's a thought worth more than a stone monument. I like the picture of Morphy, paper and pencil in hand, recording the Bird maneuvers...

"This is the game which, as clerk of the evening, Paul Morphy 'took down' in 1859.

"Young Bird had no stage fright."> -- William Ewart Napier.

Jul-03-13  JoergWalter: <he took down some of Bird's games.>

I thought Morphy had a fantastic memory?

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  offramp: Morphy used a pencil. He wasn't allowed a pen as he was on suicide watch.
Apr-12-16  Calli: More likely the year is 1859 than 1858 because I don't think Riviere was in London in '58
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  MissScarlett: The Field, June 25th 1859, p.512:

<The following spirited and instructive game is one out of several very interesting examples of the Evans Gambit which lately occurred between the distinguished French amateur, M. A. de Riviere, and Mr Bird. We have mentioned these clever parties before, and may observe that they were played at Mr Ries's Grand Chess Divan, in the Strand, a few weeks since, when Mr Morphy and M. de Riviere were visiting our chess circles together...>

Which means these games were all played in April. On move 29, Bird announced mate in 5; Tartakower/du Mont cutting it short by a move.

Aug-07-21  SeanAzarin: Why the heck didn't Black resign after White's 30th move? Even if Black had been able to fend off an immediate mate, down a full Rook with that little material left on the board is hopeless.
Aug-07-21  Delboy: As quick, but more in the style of the times would have been 31. Rg8+ Kxh6 32. Nf5+ Kh5 33. g4#
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  MissScarlett: <Midnight Ride of Bird Revere>

I give up. What's it mean?

Aug-07-21  Ironmanth: Pretty finish! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today!
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  Teyss: <MissScarlett>
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  keypusher: < MissScarlett: <Midnight Ride of Bird Revere> I give up. What's it mean?>

I was going to say <a blow to British tyranny> but an Englishman beats a Frenchman here, so never mind.

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  Honza Cervenka: 27...Re1+? and 28...Bxf2?? were decisive mistakes. White could exploit pin of Ne7 in much better way playing 16.Bxd7 Bxd7 17.Re1, for example 17...Re8 18.Nd5 Bc5 19.Rc1 Bd6 20.Nf6! Rf8 (of course, the Knight is untouchable, 20...gxf6 21.Bxf6+ Kg8 22.Qb3+ Kf8 23.Ng5 leads to a quick mate) 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Bxe7 +- or 17...Bc5 18.Qe2 Re8 19.Qc4 Bd6 20.Ne5 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 h6 22.Qh4 Ng6 23.Bxd8 Nxh4 24.Rxe8+ Bxe8 25.Bxh4 +-

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