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Johann Nepomuk Berger vs Henry Edward Bird
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 14, Jul-23
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-23-08  Knight13: Black had very powerful bishops didn't he?
Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: Yes, but the poor aged Bird was I guess exhausted by this long fight, because he missed the drawing possibility of White at the move 67.

Instead of 66...g2??, 66...Kg5! was a winning move, let's see: 67.b4 Kf4!! and it's finished because the white Knight must then give way for the advance of the black "g" pawn...

Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: The final position is rather funny; Black has to play 73...Kxd4 in order to draw because if 73...Kf5?? 74.Kd7 (or 74.Ke7) ...Ke4 75.Kxe6 Kxd4 and the race of the pawns would be winning for White after 76.Kd6...

An amusing little lesson for beginners, but Berger had to much respect for his opponent to try this last trap...

Dec-12-18  Straclonoor: I wanna add some more analysis

Analysis by Stockfish 021218 64 POPCNT:

1. -+ (-62.66): 64...Bf3 65.Nc2 Kg5 66.Ne1 Be4 67.Kb5 Kf4 68.Kxa4 Ke3 69.b4 Kd2 70.b5 Kxe1 71.b6 g2 72.b7 g1Q 73.b8Q Qxd4+ 74.Kb3 Qc4+ 75.Ka3 d4 76.Qd6 Qc3+ 77.Ka2 Bd5+ 78.Kb1 Qd3+ 79.Kb2 Qd2+ 80.Ka3 Qc3+ 81.Ka4 Bc6+ 82.Qxc6 Qxc6+ 83.Ka5 Qc5+ 84.Ka6 Qxe5 85.Kb7

2. -+ (-49.08): 64...Kg5 65.Nxd1 g2 66.Nc3 g1Q 67.Nxa4 Qa1 68.Kb5 Kf5 69.Kb4 Qd1 70.Kb5 Qb3+ 71.Ka5 Qc4 72.Nb6 Qxd4 73.Na4 Kg5 74.b4 Kf5 75.Nc5 Qxe5 76.Kb6 d4 77.Ka6 d3 78.Nxd3 Qd6+ 79.Kb5 Qxd3+ 80.Kb6 Qd4+ 81.Kb5 Qb2 82.Ka5 Qe5+ 83.b5 Qc3+ 84.Kb6 Qd4+ 85.Ka6 Qd5 86.b6 Qa8+ 87.Kb5 Ke5 88.Kc5

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