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Henry Bird vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Hastings (1895), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Aug-09
Bird Opening: From Gambit (A02)  ·  1/2-1/2



Annotations by Emmanuel Schiffers.      [13 more games annotated by Schiffers]

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Oct-11-04  Knight13: This game is weird. But it was lucky that Bird didn't lose in the middle game.
Nov-22-08  YoungEd: What a complex and tense game from start to finish! I agree that Bird's position looked a mess, and it's a credit to his ingenuity that he squeaked through okay!
Oct-16-13  Vermit: g5 might have been a pretty combination but it seems to dissipate Black's advantage. 12... Qc5 looks far stronger e.g. 13.d4 Qf5 14, Be3 Nd5 or 13. Qf4 Nd5 14. Qxg3 Nxc3

Also by going into an opposite colour bishop endgame Blackburne also made his task harder.

Jan-20-15  poorthylacine: 57...b3! was the last opportunity for Black to make this game decisive, with a splendid final struggle as all analysis's are showing!!
Sep-14-19  MelvinDoucet: 10... ♕c5 should've finished off white straight away. The threat on f2 looks like it can easily be parried with 11. e3 but black has 1... ♘b4 12. c3 ♕f5!, threatening not only ♕f2 again but also ♘xd3+. It's over for white.
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  keypusher: <MelvinDoucet: 10... ♕c5 should've finished off white straight away. The threat on f2 looks like it can easily be parried with 11. e3 but black has 1... ♘b4 12. c3 ♕f5!, threatening not only ♕f2 again but also ♘xd3+. It's over for white.>

Nice line!

Black went wrong by developing another piece, rather than moving an already-developed piece repeatedly. :-)

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  beatgiant: <MelvinDoucet> Yes, and if White tries to prevent your maneuver with 10...Qc5 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. e3, then simply <12...Ng4> and now the knight will land on f2 with disaster.

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