KEG: Having defeated Janowski in Round 13, Bird gets a draw with Maroczy (and comes close to beating him). He later drew with Pillsbury in Round 26, thus scoring against all three of the eventual second prize winners in the very strong London 1899 tournament.
Bird--by transposition--tried a Scotch Opening against against Maroczy, and was able to get a slight edge (in contrast to the many wretched openings by White in this tournament). The Tournament Book faults Bird for his 11. Qf3, but MCO gives the move as best and says that 11. Ne2 (the move championed by the Tournament Book) gives Black no problems. Pressing too hard for a win against the aging Bird with 11...Re8 and 17...a5, Maroczy got the worst of the struggle against Bird's accurate play.
Bird gave up most of his advantage with his 23. Qe3, but got an ending in which he faced no dangers. This in itself would have been an achievement against so formidable an opponent.
But Maroczy, trying hard to win a drawn ending, got into trouble against Bird's precise endgame play, and after his reckless 30...f5 and 31...Nxf5+ (31...Bxf5 was essential) found himself in a lost Bishop versus Knight ending after Bird's powerful 33. b5.
But Bird, after what most have been hours of tough play, finally erred with 36. g3 (Black seems dead after 36. g4) and later with 40 Nf5+ (40. h5 also appears to give Bird a win).
Bird did indeed wind up winning a pawn, but found himself with King, Knight and Rook Pawn against King and Bishop. This was enough to make the last 19 moves exciting, but the position was a draw and the wily Maroczy made no mistakes after Bird's 40. Nf5+ (though 46...Kg6 would have made his task easier). I therefore have to agree with Knight13 that the players could have agreed to a draw by move 45.
A good effort and a near miss by the veteran Bird.