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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Henry Bird
Casual game (1862), London ENG, Jun-??
Bishop's Opening: Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit (C27)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-05  who: It's an amazing game. Bird seems to be on the offensive everywhere, yet Steinitz just defends calmly and picks up all the material. Fritz says this game was lost due to the wrong knight being played. 16...Nce2 was necessary, after which 17.Kh1 b5 18.Bxb5 Bf5 after which there is approximate equality.
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  IMlday: Steinitz's 6 consecutive pawn moves (9-14) certainly blow the game open.
Apr-02-08  Knight13: Bird looked like he is on the offenseive, but I don't see what he's trying to do. It's like he's behind enemy lines trying to find place to poke holes but Steinitz just go into his territory and sneak a passed pawn in.
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  Alex Schindler: I didn't understand 23...Rc4. What is black expecting to get in exchange for the exchange?
Oct-24-15  RetardusMaximus: I was shocked at all the missed captured pieces by Stienitz. At this time Bird was about 32 and Stienitz 26. Stienitz should have played better in this game. It is apparent to me that he improved as he matured.
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  MissScarlett: Renette's book on Bird proposes that <5...d5 6.Bb3 Bb4 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3> was the actual move order. Harding's Steinitz book follows suit.

First publication was in the <DSZ> of July/August 1862, dating the game to June, but it may have been earlier, according to a later reminiscence by Bird, which claimed he first played Steinitz only a couple of his weeks after the latter's arrival in London. Steinitz arrived in early May.

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