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Paul Morphy vs Henry Edward Bird
London (1858), London ENG
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  1-0



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Jun-01-04  zb2cr: The final move, 27 f6, is striking in how it unveils 3 separate threats so simply.
Oct-16-04  Knight13: 26... Qxg4 might looked better.
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  Chessical: There appears to be a suprising defence for Bird:

<19...Bd4!> 20.Bxd8 (20.Qxh5 Bxc3+ 21.Kf1) 20...Qxd8 21.cxd4 Qh4+ 22.Qf2 Ng3 23.Rg1 Qxe4+ 24.Kd2 Nxf5

Oct-17-04  sneaky pete: <Chessical> After 19... Bd4 20.Bxd8 Qxd8 21.cxd4 Qh4+ 22.Kd2 .. white has a clear advantage (22... Ng3 23.Rhe1 ..; 22... exd4 23.g4 ..; 22... Rd8 23.Kc3 ..).

Black should have played 17... Nxh5 immediately with counterchances. If then 18.Bxd8 Bxd8! 19.Qxh5 dxe4 when 20.dxe4? Qd3 would be bad. 18.Qxh5 dxe4 19.Bxd8 Bxd8! is transposition. Sergeant gives 17... Nxh5 18.Bxd8 Rxd8? 19.Qxh5 dxe4 overlooking 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.f6 .. etc.

Oct-17-04  who: 26...Qd8 is Fritz's suggestion.
Oct-18-04  Knight13: <who> Yeah. That saves the Knight.

I think Bird played 26... Qf2 because he wanted to checkmate the white king or win material? Maybe 27... Qe3+ Kc4?? was in Bird's mind. I think 26... Qf2 is just a blunder that Masters sometimes play by mistaken. No big deal with a blunder, anyway.

Jan-10-06  morpstau: Knight13 Are you kidding me?? Bird cant make those blunders and specially against the greatest player ever, in my opinion. I know Bird is down the exchange but give me a break...Qf2? I always thought Bird to be a rather formidable opponent but indeed he should be looking for a way to reemploy his knight to attack the semi-exposed white king. (any comments?)
Feb-06-06  Knight13: <morpstau> Yeah. I got a comment. I was a 750 USCF rated player at that time and I blundered a lot my self. So my suggestions are bad...
Feb-06-06  morpstau: Ok KNIGHT13 i respect your opinions and realize your status. Bird was considered a master back then and he cant play this weak against as strong a player as Paul Morphy.
Feb-06-06  Knight13: <morpstau> Thanks I get your point. :)
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  heuristic: 15.exd5 is interesting
15...cxd5 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Bxd5 Rc8
15...e4 16.Qxe4 Bf2+ 17.Ke2! Nxe4

17...Nbd7 is interesting
18.a5 Nxh5 19.Bxd8 Bd4 20.cxd4

23.Bxf7+ is interesting
23...Kf8 24.Qe2 Qh4+ 25.Kd1 Kxf7

25.Qd6 is interesting
25...Qxe4 26.Kd1 h5 27.Qxb8+ Kh7

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