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Simon Winawer vs Henry Edward Bird
Paris (1878), Paris FRA, rd 1, Jun-18
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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Feb-20-08  Knight13: 16. Rxe6!! and after Bd7 all Blacks' pawns are weaklings about to get picked off by bullies.
Dec-28-14  Knight13: 5... h5?!: The game has barely started and Black was already deconstructing his king's potential safe haven to launch a premature attack. Following it up with 8... d5? was no good for His Highness either; 8... d6 is more advisable.

14... g4, with the threat of ... Qh4, seems superior, and makes more sense with Black's earlier ... h5?!.

Jun-26-16  sneaky pete: After 14... g4 15.f5 Bxf5 16.Re8+ .. winning the Queen, that's why Bird tried 14... b5 15.Bxb5 Qa5. But 13... g4 14.f5 Bxf5 15.Re8+ Qxe8 16.Bxe8 Rxe8

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doesn't look too bad.

5... h5! is standard in the Bird Defence, with ... d5 and ... Kf8! next (if white is foolish enough to play exd5 cxd5 Bb5+ .. or Re1+ ..).

In this game 11... g5 was too optimistic. He should have played 11... g6 as recommended by Schallopp in the tournamnet book.

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