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Henry Bird vs George Hatfeild Gossip
Casual game (1873), London ENG (Simpson's Divan)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Paulsen Defense (C39)  ·  0-1



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Jul-28-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: White's K looks like in Bird Cage.
Feb-20-08  Knight13: <Autoreparaturwerkbau: White's K looks like in Bird Cage.> Yeah, looks like the King's Gambit backfired.
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  FSR: Dunno if this is for real. According to Winter, nothing is known of the last decade of Gossip's life (1897-1907). (Actually, I discovered one non-chess thing in that period - a book by him entitled "The Jew of Chamant" was published under the pseudonym "Ivan Trepoff" in 1898 and 1899.) See my Wikipedia article, for the cites. Surely if this game was really played in 1900 it would have been published in the chess literature - thus making something known about the last decade of Gossip's life.
Jul-01-09  WhiteRook48: awful play by Bird
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  FSR: 7.exd5?? is of course a fatal blunder, although by this point theory says that Black stood better already. Theory considers 6.d4 (instead of 6.Nxg4) best. Elaborating on my prior comment, I've found two sources that mention this game. J. du Mont in "200 Miniature Games of Chess", p. 103, does not give a date. Graham Burgess in "The Quickest Chess Victories of All Time", pp. 148-49, gives it as "England 1890", which is more believable than the "1900" indicated here. (Note, incidentally, that all of the seven known tournament games between Bird and Gossip - this was not one of them - occurred between 1889 and 1892 (+2=3-2 whichever way you look at it) - The peripatetic Gossip was in England in 1890, and possibly also in 1900. (He was living in Buffalo, NY as of 1897 and died in Liphook, England in 1907).
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  Phony Benoni: <FSR> The game appears to be real, or at least published, though the 1900 date is way off. It appears onn p.485 of Gossip's <Chess Player Manual>, 2nd ed., 1883:

Gossip quotes some notes from the <Chess Player's Chronicle>. The game appeared in the 1872/1873 volume, p. 341. No exact date is given, but 1873 seems a safe bet. The Vienna 1873 tournament is discussed nearby, and another Bird - Gossip game definitely dated May 1873 is given later.

May-17-16  SeanAzarin: A Bird In The Hand...

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