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Henry Bird vs Cecil De Vere
"Bird of Prey" (game of the day Jun-05-2012)
Dundee (1868)
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Jun-20-05  white pawn: Wow, mate with only a pawn attacking the king.
Apr-03-08  Knight13: De Vere should've heard the alarm bells ringing when White played 10. f5. But no...
Jun-05-12  Oceanlake: Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time....
Jun-05-12  backyard pawn: Pin! Pin! Pin! Win!
Jun-05-12  sevenseaman: What fantastic chess brains! Stuff from higher up, beats anticipation.
Jun-05-12  consul: The black night in c2 covered e1, making it unaccessible for the white rook. What happens if Black plays 15. ♗b7 instead?
Jun-05-12  consul: Oohps, i've seen it... is not a longer resistance...
Jun-05-12  Yopo: duplicate? Bird vs Steinitz, 1867
Jun-05-12  mike1: yes, nice ending but what happens after 14... c6??? ... Nxc2 was a bit too much.
Jun-05-12  sofouuk: <mike1><what happens after 14... c6???>white plays 15.Bd3, picks up the trapped N, and has a decent game with full compensation for the exchange. 11.Qe4! rather than Qg4 would have given a big advantage, tho
Jun-05-12  Abdel Irada: "And Cecil De Vere," as Edgar Allan Poe didn't say, "hast *thou* no tear?"
Jun-05-12  randomsac: Bird had some guts using those pawns. Great finish.
Jun-05-12
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  kevin86: Bird has a very similar position with the same mate,but there,he missed a mate in three earlier.
Jun-05-12
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  kevin86: The game was <Bird-Steinitz 1867 London>
Jun-05-12  vinidivici: Hey, can i see the game of the day from last year or 2 years ago, the point is can i see all the game of the day from the first day this site put GOTD?

Because in the archives, it just from limited time ago...thanks.

Jun-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  scormus: What a stunning # position

"The eagles flies tonight"

Jun-05-12  schnarre: ...Talk about an all-out assault! Nice win by White.
Jun-05-12  dakgootje: <vinidivici>

Phony Benoni is your man. Check out Game Collection: Game of the Day 2004 and the related gamecollections he gives in the notes for GOTDs of later years

Jun-05-12  vinidivici: <dakgootje> thanks.

Wish i can subscribe Phony Benoni, i wont finish see all the GOTD games in a single day, but theres no subscribe function, i bet, in this site.

Jun-06-12  Llawdogg: Kind of a smothered mate with a pawn.
Jun-06-12  DarthStapler: consul: 15...Bb7 just leads to 16. exd7+ and white wins the queen
Jun-06-12  Calli: This game is given in Cook's Synopsis of Openings (1874) http://books.google.com/books?id=bj... , but there must be an earlier publication if it is not just an analysis of Bird v Steinitz.
Aug-17-18  zanzibar: I think <Kevin86> is correct, almost, as the game is from 1868 according to Renette (H.E. Bird - p107).

Renette gives all moves through mate, but with a comment from De Vere at move 15, which might indicate the game end.

His sources - The Field (De Vere) 1873-04-05, CPC (June 1873) p268, WCCP (Aug 1868) p55.

Renette notes this game "created some buzz in the press", and that WCCP (Aug 1868 p55) gave Bird's opponent as Steinitz (with the game diverging at move 11) - Skipworth notes this later when republishing the game.

Renette also later notes that the later WCCP (Jan 1869) is the first detail notice given to Bird.

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