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Henry Bird vs George Webb Medley
"Bird's Eye Chicken Medley" (game of the day Feb-05-2011)
London (1849), London ENG
French Defense: La Bourdonnais Variation (C00)  ·  1-0



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Jul-29-04  Knight13: Good game by Bird.
Sep-20-04  Knight13: Bird's attacks in this game is very good. 25... Nh6? Not a good idea since 30. Rxf1+ is waiting. And 29... Dxc4? Is not good either that it gives white a check on the 8th rank. Black might thought of taking the c4 pawns is like this: 30. bxc4 Bxc4 31. Qd8+ Kg7 and stops the mate with the light squared bishop.
May-06-05  schnarre: White apparently knew better than to play 30. bxc4. Indeed a good game by Bird!
Jul-14-09  waustad: Bird Medley sounds rather like the rather strange dish called turducken.
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  Phony Benoni: There probably wasn't much theory on the French in 1849, but Medley knew enough to try and destroy White's center. Too bad about those tactical details.

You have to feel sorry for Black's LSB. Usually a forgotten problem child in the French, here it gets a chance to play a bit. I just imagine it jumping up and down at move 15:

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"I can do it! I can do it! Let me attack his rook!".

An indulgent Medley lets him have his way, only to be forced to pull him back shamefacedly a few moves later and concede the exchange. But the little fellow is not discouraged. Again, at move 20:

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"Let me attack the rook! I'll get him this time!"

Finally, Bird moves the rook, almost relunctantly it seems; I think he would gladly have left it en prise indefinitely had he been able to. Then the bishop reaches the ultimate goal of any piece--he attacks the mighty queen!

Of course the euphoria doesn't last. Black finally freezes the bishop to the edge of the board, crams a dunce cap on his head, and says "Sit down and shut up!" By then, it's too late; after 33...Ng8 34.Qf7 Black cannot delay mate, much less stop it.

Feb-05-11  rilkefan: Why not 11...f5? Or 12...f5?
Feb-05-11  Bdellovibrio: Is the pun a reference to the ready-made chicken/broccoli/pasta casserole?
Feb-05-11  drpoundsign: he flipped George The Bird
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  Phony Benoni: <Bdellovibrio> Undoubtedly.

<rilkefan> I don't see a particular problem with 11...f5 or 12...f5, but they lead to more closed types of positions that Medley obviously wasn't looking to play. He might have reconsidered another day.

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  AylerKupp: <<Phony Benoni>: You have to feel sorry for Black's LSB. Usually a forgotten problem child in the French, here it gets a chance to play a bit.>

Black’s LSB reminds me of the parody on the poem “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Guest:

“...he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done. And, guess what!, he couldn’t do it.”

Feb-05-11  Llawdogg: An oldie, but a goodie.
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  kevin86: The bird is the word!
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  chrisowen: Thanks Eddie moreover Eagle Frittzer? Howdya like dem cooking apples?
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  chrisowen: Piece de resistance it a two see it ie shelf life 22..BC4 etcetera vice Web
Feb-10-18  Big Pawn: 12...fe
13.fe Qb6
14.c3 Bb5

Looks like the logical follow up. I bet black thought he was going to trap white after, in the game, 13.Nxd4 fe 14.Nxe6 with ...Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Bb5 which not only attacks the rook on f1 but also unleashes a discovered attack by the Qb6 on the Ne6, but

16.Qg4 defends the knight and threatens mate, and is also the beginning of a strong attack. From this point Bird never let go.

One of Bird's better games.

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