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James Mason vs Henry Bird
6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Apr-02
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-08  Knight13: 10. e5! is very nice. And later when this game turned into a good bishop vs bad bishop fight the win was of course coming for white.

<55...Ra7 56.Rc7 Rxc7 57.dxc7 Rc5, gave him good prospects for a draw, whereas he now drifts into a losing position.> Oui, je ne compris pas 55...Rad5 aussi.

Feb-22-08  InspiredByMorphy: <Knight13> At first I did not agree with the Steinitz comment of 10.e5 ( An excellent answer that gives White the better game. ) . He does not explain how it gives white the better game. In fact how could one claim that black has the better game after 25. ...Qxc6. Black looks excellent having a passed protected pawn in the center. However I realized that the Steinitz comment derived from the fact that 10. ...dxe5 leaves black with doubled pawns, and a weak pawn chain ( compare with whites connected pawn chains ). White did not exploit this advantage however, and black clearly has the better game after 45. ...Bxd5 as Steinitz recommended.
Feb-22-08  Knight13: <InspiredByMorphy> Maybe after 25...Qxc6 Black has the bad bishop and White has the good bishop so Steinitz thought White's better. <Black looks excellent having a passed protected pawn in the center.> But that pawn wasn't passed! The f pawn and the bishop guards it well.

<and black clearly has the better game after 45. ...Bxd5 as Steinitz recommended.> I agree. But Bird must've thought that that d-pawn could be taken later and miscalculated or something and went ahead with ...Qa1+.

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