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Henry Edward Bird vs Mikhail Chigorin
London (1899), London ENG, rd 8, Jun-09
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: A magnificent conception by Chigorin <17...Bxf3!!>, sacrificing a whole R for an attack as Black in a Evans Gambit - one of the critical theoretical lines of the 19th century. <18.Bxe8?> is simply too greedy, and after this Bird cannot hold his K-side together. Chigorin only has to avoid the blunder of <25...Rxe2?>. Bird has no defence at the end to <Qh3>.
Apr-04-08  Knight13: 20. Bxf7+ Qxf7 21. Qe2 Nxf3+ 22. Kg2 Rf8 0-1.
Jul-24-11  dw98: If 18.Bxe8 was a bad move, it would seem 17.Bb5 was bad also or it least a wasted move. With black's knight out of play on a5, white should maneuver his pieces to the K side I would think.
Jul-24-11  dw98: How about Bb2 or Bg5?
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  KEG: Chessical has said it all.

Bird was brave(or perhaps foolhardy) indeed to venture the Evans Gambit against Tchigorin...probably the greatest expert in this opening in the world at the time---and maybe ever.

Bird was OK through move 16. But 17. Bb5? was a losing blunder. Even had Bird resisted the temptation to take Tchigorin's offered Rook and played 18. gxB, he was still lost. Once he took Tchigorin's Rook on his 18th turn, Bird was dead, and Tchigorin's play from there to the end was flawless and brilliant.

Tchigorin's conception was spectacular, and Bird could be forgiven for not seeing that 17. Bb5 was a losing move. Once he chose to play the Evans Gambit against Tchigorin, that he would likely run into a buzzsaw was predictable.

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