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Bird / Dobell
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1866 to 1897
Overall record: +3 -1 =0 (75.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Henry Edward Bird & Herbert Edward Dobell.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bird / Dobell vs Steinitz 1-0191866London -C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. S Boden vs Bird / Dobell 0-1201873LondonC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
3. Bird / Dobell vs NN 1-0131886LondonC37 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Bird / Dobell vs Gunsberg / Locock 0-191897Consultation gameA02 Bird's Opening
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Bird / Dobell wins | Bird / Dobell loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-02-05  Knight13: They make a pretty good chess team.
Jan-01-07  Pi Guy: I don't think they made a very good team. They fell into the same 9 move trap twice.
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  WannaBe: Somebody left out the letters 'mb' from the score-sheet.
Mar-01-08  sneaky pete: Herbert E. Dobell was elected as secretary of the Hastings and St. Leonards Chess Club in 1887 at the age of 23 and was the main power behind the 1895 Hastings Chess Congress and the later tournaments. "After a life in which he had hardly ever known a day's illness, he died on 14th September (1938). Of the many fine men who have been associated with the story of the Club and the Congresss, he was, perhaps, the finest of them all." From Reg Cload's <Battles of Hastings>.

So when he assisted Mr. Bird in clobbering self proclaimed world champion Steinitz in 19 moves in 1866, he was only 2 years old. Talk about prodigies!

Dec-02-09  Jason Frost: The 1897 game is of astoundingly terrible quality, and, as such, could not have been played by either Bird or Gunsberg.

The first game could possibly be atriubuted to a team of Bird and Herbert Dobell's father, who was also an avid chess player. But it really doesn't make sense for Bird to team up with someone to face another strong player, so the game was much more likley just Bird/Steinz. Same goes for the second game.

The third one is the only one which looks to have some chance of being legitimate, possibly from a duel simul.

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