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Dionisio M Martinez vs Henry Bird
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Mar-30
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  0-1



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Mar-08-03  Rookpawn: It is interesting that White plays Bird's opening against Bird himself.
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  suenteus po 147: <Rookpawn> This was back in the days before it had earned the name "Bird's Opening." However, it still seems strange that Martinez would play it against Bird, who was a constant practitioner of the opening.
Jun-23-05  Knight13: Interesting to see someone plays Bird's Opening against the master of Bird's Opening.
Jul-15-05  aw1988: Why is 3...Be7 '?'?
Jul-26-05  Boomie: <aw1988> At first glance, it looks like the bishop belongs on g7. In <Bird vs Max Lange, 1883;, Bird played 3. b3 ♘f6 4. ♗b2 ♗e7, pointing to the importance of this diagonal. Here white delays b3 and black should probably try for control of that diagonal. Even in defeat, the white bishop showed fangs at 30. ♗xg7+.

Of course Steinitz, being a supremely subtle chessplayer, could have had something entirely different in mind. Any Bird men out there care to comment?

Apr-06-07  Themofro: <Aw1988> ...3 Be7 should not be ?, it should probably be ?! however as black lets white put a bishop on b2, usually this is a good setup for white, as such black prevents it with his own fianchetto on g7. Black often prevents a q-side fianchetto, however one of the most common responses to 1 f4 is ...1 Nf6, and this is considered fine for black, and not ? or ?!. However, in this case black has already slightly weakened his k-side with f5, so Be7 deserves a ?! in this case, but definately not a ? as given by Steinitz.

For the record the symmetrical defense 1 f4 f5 is one of the more interesting uncommon defenses to the Bird's, 2 b3 is probably the best response to it, although a From reversed with 1 f4 f5 2 e4 is very interesting and has taken out some strong players before, theres a game that Alekhine loses against the reversed from as black that is relatively well known among bird's players for example.

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