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Henry Bird vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Bird (1892), Newcastle-upon-Tyne ENG, rd 4, Sep-01
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  0-1



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Feb-22-08  Knight13: Black played 40...Qe4, trying to get a draw by repetition. So Bird tries to prevent that with very unsuccessful 41. Qe6?? which dropped a whole rook.

Very bad oversight. May be caused by Mr. Bird's old age.

Apr-06-10  nezhmet: Lasker improves in 1892 with 8...Ng4! over games played in 2009 and 2010! (Nakamura-Friedel US Champ 2009; Molner-Mitkov NAO 2010).
Dec-22-14  TheFocus: Match Game 4 played in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England on September 1, 1892.

Lasker won with a score of +5=0-0.

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  Chessical: CHESS. The fourth game in the match between Bird and Lasker was played yesterday at the Newcastle-on-Tyne Chess Club. Lasker adopted the Two Knights' Defence, Bird playing a favourite variation of his, viz., <8. Bd3>, instead of <8. Be2>.

Lasker obtained a telling counter-attack, but it was met by Bird with great precision and ingenuity. On the 24th move Lasker made a mistake by capturing a Pawn with a Bishop instead of with the Queen, which gave the attack into Bird's hands, and Lasker, who, from the nature of the game, had to institute an early attack, remained behind hand in the development, and it seemed as if Bird would score his first victory.

Lasker, however, made a stubborn resistance, and by clever play forced the exchange of the attacking forces, and to threaten to draw the game by a perpetual check.

Bird, anxious to avoid the draw, unfortunately left a Rook en prise, and immediately resigned what otherwise would have been a fine game and a well-deserved victory, the score being Lasker, 4 ; Bird, 0.

Source: <"London Standard" - Friday 2nd September 1892, p.6.>

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  Chessical: CHESS. BIRD v LASKER. Yesterday the fourth game was opened by Bird, who with the King's Knight's opening, in reply to which Lasker formed the two Knights' Defence which generally brings about a hard and interesting game.

Bird pushed the usual run the variation commencing with <4. Ng5>, till the 8th more, at which point he essayed a new departure, playing his bishop to <d3> instead of <e2>, a novelty introduced by Gunsberg against Tschigorin, and which is not viewed favourably by theorists.

Lasker responded with <8.Ng4>, and initiated a lively counter attack. The game speedily became of the most exciting character. Bird played with surprising rapidity, and met the onslaught finely and steadily, gradually developiag his forces and preparing to retaliate. In the 24th move Lasker played B takes <Pd4>, in playing which he neglected to take account his opponent's reply in castling that Bird at once made.

The English player in this way got relieved from attack, and with equal forces had all his pieces in good play, turning the table apparently on his adversary. After the loss of a pawn Lasker improved his position, by forcing exchange the German player relieved his position much as possible, and the 40th move threatened perpetual check. Making a hasty move to prevent this, Bird overlooked the loss of rook which followed a couple of checks by the Black Queen, and he at once resigned, adding the fourth win to Lasker's score.

In spite of his previous reversals Bird played with great spirit and skill, was especially unfortunate in making the one hasty weak move and marring the best game yet played in the contest.

Source: <"Leeds Mercury" - Friday 2nd September 1892, p.5.>

Nov-28-18  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been <19... Bf6!>

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followed by <20... Qd7> and <21... Rae8>

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