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Henry Bird vs Karl Pitschel
Paris (1878), Paris FRA, rd 13, Jul-08
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0



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Mar-09-04  Egghead: Bird plays on both wings to keep his opponent off balance. That's a nice double check at the end.
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  offramp: If you look closely you can see that the last move doesn't quite fit into the little box.
Jul-25-05  Whitehat1963: I don't understand what goes on with the rook on f7. It's dead forever but never taken. Then, when black has the opportunity to take the pawn on f6, he instead retreats the rook (finally!) to c7. Does someone have insight into this? Looks strange to me.
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  tpstar: <Whitehat1963> After 21. Ne5 the mighty Knight rules the board, therefore 19 ... Nf6?! was a subtle strategical error. White avoided grabbing the exchange because the Ne5 supported g2-g4 and was far more valuable than the clunky Rf7. 25 ... Rc7? was a mistake, yearning for Queenside play after losing a piece; 25 ... Rxf6 was better, but Black should still lose. (Note 25 ... Rf8? 26. Qxf8+! and White ends up a full Rook.) In the database, Bird blanked Pitschel 6-0, so he was definitely a cut above his opponent.

I remember this game because it was entered here twice, but one gamescore was incomplete. A certain kibitzer (who shall remain nameless) found both versions, then changed his original post pretending he solved the puzzle with the Discovered Mate motif. Shameless.

Jul-25-05  Whitehat1963: <tpstar> Thanks! As always, you serve as a wealth of information.
Apr-29-06  Knight13: That's why pins are annoying...!
May-23-06  lentil: IMO, the mate given by underpromoting to a R would have been nicer!
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  Honza Cervenka: <lentil: IMO, the mate given by underpromoting to a R would have been nicer!> Why to bother about searching the third Rook somewhere if you have the freshly captured Queen near-hand?:-D
Feb-23-08  Knight13: Bird's Opening at its best.
Mar-26-08  sneaky pete: <suenteus po 147> Attention! This is the round 7 first set game played July 8. Your choice Bird vs K Pitschel, 1878 is another impostor.
Mar-26-08  sneaky pete: This is in fact an exact copy of Marshall vs Leonhardt, 1912. How did it manage to fool the duplicate blaster?
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  keypusher: I see nonsense like this is still in the database too.

Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866

Dec-08-08  WhiteRook48: Amazing. How to gain 2 Queens and a King in one move.
Feb-22-09  WhiteRook48: on the other hand, the promoted R would have gotten people saying, "maybe that promotion was just to make Bird look like a Wise Guy"
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  GrahamClayton: <Egghead> Bird plays on both wings to keep his opponent off balance.

When you have blocked the centre with a d3-d4-e3-f4 pawn wall, it is easy to keep the King in the centre of the board and play on both sides.

This game is a reason why I play Bird's Opening as White - you get so many original positions.

Jul-25-15  kia0708: BRILLIANT
Mar-24-16  zanzibar: <sneaky> a helpful comment.

I'm here because a comparison of CG vs 365 flagged this game. The 365 version has Bird opening with his beloved 1.f4.

So, the <CG> game is likely bogus:

<1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qb3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Nf6 6.Nf3 O-O 7.Ba3 d6 8.e3 b6 9.c5 bxc5 10.dxc5 Ne4 11.cxd6 cxd6 12.Bc4 Re8 13.O-O Na6 14.Rad1 Nac5 15.Qc2 Qa5 16.Bb4 Qc7 17.Nd4 a5 18.f3 axb4 19.cxb4 Qb7 20.bxc5 Nxc5 21.Nxf5 Qa7 22.Nxd6 Rf8 23.Ne4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 Kh8 25.Bd3 g6 26.Bc4 Ba6 27.Bxa6 Qxa6 28.Rd7 Qb5 29.Qxe6 Rae8 30.Qd6 Qb2 31.e4 1-0>

Use this one instead....

<1.f4 f5 2.e3 e6 3.Be2 Nf6 4.b3 Be7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Nf3 d6 7.a4 Ne4 8.d3 Bf6 9.c3 Nc5 10.b4 Ncd7 11.Qb3 Qe8 12.Nd4 Bxd4 13.cxd4 d5 14.Nd2 Nf6 15.Nf3 Ng4 16.Kd2 Nd7 17.h3 Nh6 18.Rhc1 c6 19.b5 Nf6 20.Ba3 Rf7 21.Ne5 Bd7 22.g4 cxb5 23.g5 bxa4 24.Qb4 Bc6 25.gxf6 Rc7 26.Rg1 Rac8 27.Rac1 g6 28.h4 Kh8 29.Qd6 a5 30.h5 b5 31.Bc5 Ba8 32.hxg6 b4 1-0>

I'll try to check the literature later, when I have more time.

Feb-29-20  bkpov: White play was very sound. It's a wonder how the same player appears novice against Morphy. Psychological?
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  MissScarlett: <So, the <CG> game is likely bogus...>

This score turns out to be Marshall vs Leonhardt, 1912.

What's weird is that although the score here has been corrected to that given by <zanzibar>, the <Similar Games> facility still treats it as before: Games Like Bird vs K Pitschel, 1878

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  Pawn and Two: <MissScarlett> The corrected CG game score, as noted here by zanzibar, matches the game score in Schallop's tournament book, 'The Internationale Schachkongress Paris 1878'.

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