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George MacDonnell vs Henry Bird
"No Need for Queens" (game of the day Oct-25-2018)
London (1874), London ENG
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Long Whip (C39)  ·  0-1



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Jun-15-09  WhiteRook48: those funny knight promotions
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  GrahamClayton: <Honza Cervenka>White missed another blow in his 26th move: 26.Qe4!! Rf7 27.Bxe7!! (Not 27.Qxb7?? for Rf2+! 28.Kg1 Bg2 etc.).

I looked at 29.♕b5+ c6 30.♕d3 (Stopping the Black Rook from moving along the 2nd rank and protecting the g2 Bishop). 30...♖f3 looks good, attacking the Queen to give Black time to retreat the g2-Bishop, but then I think White has 31.♕e4, with the double attack on the e7 Knight. 31...♖f7 simply allows 32.♔g2.

Jun-15-09  remolino: What a fanstastic pun!!!
Feb-25-10  tommy boy: what an imagination and calculation! This game is realy fantastic
Oct-21-10  sevenseaman: ...15.dxe4, ...17.Bxd5 ...22. f1=N+,...23.exf1=N+ are some of the remarkable twists in this very queerly conducted game by Bird. About 7 replays do not look too many.

How 38. bxc3 insulates the vital Black R on d2 from the high voltage White Q on a5, is a masterstroke.

The only thing one can say with a degree of certainty is that Bird knew his onions and where he was going!

I've liked the game immensely; pure entertainment and high drama on the road.

Oct-21-10  sevenseaman: I wouldn't be surprised if some one said to me - Bird was a prankster!
Mar-24-15  Bubo bubo: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Amusing little gem, for all its flaws. Any other games featuring consecutive Knight underpromotions?>

Better late than never: The game S Schweber vs B Wexler, 1964 ends with two consecutive ♘-promotions.

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  whiteshark: The ♔night is dark and full of terrors ...
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  MJCB: Why not 33... Kt h2+, followed by 34... Rf1. unless I miss something, this is mate?
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  FSR: <MJCB> 33...Nh2 is illegal and is not check.
Apr-04-18  areknames: <FSR> He obviously meant 32...Nh2++ followed by mate.
Apr-04-18  schnarre: ...Impressive...most impressive.
Apr-04-18  The Kings Domain: The wild and crazy games of the Romantic era.
Apr-04-18  AlicesKnight: The CG catalogue does not seem to have reference to the La Bourdonnais - MacDonnell games of a generation earlier (a different MacDonnell??). One of the best of these had a not dissimilar Q sacrifice and Black N attack.

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La Bourdonnais - MacDonnell 1834 match; Black plays 13.... NxNd5! 14.Bxe7 Ne3+; 15.Ke1 Kxe7; 16.Qd3 Rd8; 17.Rd2 Nc6; 18.b3 Ba5; 19.a3 Rac8; 20.Rg8 b5; 21.Bxb5 Bxf3; 22.gxf3 Nd4 and again two Black Ns create havoc.

Apr-04-18  morfishine: The amount of howlers in this "game" are only exceeded by the amount of bloopers

Its quite possible the amount of questionable moves comfortable exceeds the amount of sound moves, but who's counting?

Not me


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  Honza Cervenka: 22...Nc6 was more precise. White missed 14.Re1!
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  FSR: <areknames> Ah, OK. That's makes more sense. He's right.
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  Breunor: <AlicesKnight> The CG catalogue does not seem to have reference to the La Bourdonnais - MacDonnell games of a generation earlier (a different MacDonnell??).

Yes that is a different player - Alexander McDonnell. The game you mentioned is one of the greatest of all time in my opinion. It is in the data base:

La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834

Apr-05-18  AlicesKnight: <Breunor> Well found. The difference a missing 'a' makes..... La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Bird!
Oct-25-18  Ironmanth: An amazing game!!
Oct-25-18  TheaN: This brilliancy is also riddled with inaccuracies which in itself isn't too bizarre considering the plentora of unnatural positions MacDonnell and Bird got themselves into.

It starts with Black's sac which is perfectly sound but should not lead to the advantage it did. After <18.Bb5+! ∓> White still in.

Following the game with the Bishop on c4 Black's in control until the underpromotions. Though a flashy combo, 22....f1=N+ = was not the correct move and Black should have simply reloaded with the brilliant and bizarre <22....Nc6!! -+>. White's completely stuck.

After the apparent trade off White could salvage the game with <26.Qe4! 0.00> basically stressing Black's forces into a draw. Once again the strength of 22....Nc6 is clear, it would have protected b7 here.

One may question missing the mate with <32....Nh2++ -#1 33.Kf1/g1 Rf1#>; even in time trouble that should have been obvious. Bird won so all in all it doesn't matter.

Oct-25-18  offramp: <Shams: A deserved pun win for <Phony Benoni>.>

Yes, "No Need for Queens" is very good.

Oct-25-18  Isilimela: How about Crazeyritsky Gambit ?
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  thegoodanarchist: George was clearly Alcock, no bull.
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