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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Henry Edward Bird
Match (1866), London ENG, rd 11, Sep-??
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C14)  ·  0-1



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Jan-14-05  Knight13: Steinitz had a hard time taking care of the Center. I think 6. Be3 is better.
Mar-13-05  fred lennox: 6. qd2 is also worth considering. 6.Bxd7 tends to water down the initiative giving the game a drawish coloring. 18.f5 is questionable. Steinitz was hoping for...exf5 17.Nxf5 then Nd6. Bird saw this so exchanged the knights. Now black will have a knight strongly posted on e4 with white's knight sadly placed.
Apr-16-07  mgosk: 6.Qd2 loses a piece outright if im not mistaken. 18. f5 is not questionable it is fishingly bad. and yes 6.Be3 and 6.a4 are both better, attempting to hold whatever innitiative white has. in cramped positions such as the black side of the French, the more pieces he has the more the cramps of his position are apparent and as black exchanges his pieces, the "cramp" starts to turn into an advantage as if all was traded off black would have no pieces to be cramped and would be left with whites awkward pawn structure
Jul-24-09  randomsac: This is a nice finish by Bird. Good job of keeping the pressure on after winning some pawns.
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  GrahamClayton: <mgosk>6.Qd2 loses a piece outright if im not mistaken

You are correct - 6.♕d2 ♗g5 wins a piece.

Oct-16-10  chowie01: In my opinion 6.Bxe7 isn't what killed him in this game. Keeping the misplaced knight on c3 and 13.Be2 are the moves that did him in.
Oct-03-13  PawnJockey: Steinitz approves of this game.
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