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George Hatfeild Gossip vs Henry Bird
"A Little Bird Told Me" (game of the day Aug-24-2012)
London (1873), London ENG
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  1-0



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Apr-03-08  Knight13: Good king position in the endgame for White. This game makes the Cunningham ...d5 sacrifice look like an idiot. Or 5...d5 isn't sound in the first place! It sure look doesn't. 6...g5 is a better attempt, in my opinion.
Aug-24-12  The Last Straw: Passed ♙s make a huge difference in the ending. I am playing correspondence chess online. One of my opponents sacraficed a ♙ on the 5th rank and now I've got two storming md pawns on the 6th and 7th ranks of the a-file (this game is still going on.)
Aug-24-12  The Last Straw: I love being first to kibitz on the GOTD on the day it is GOTD!!! :-)
Aug-24-12  vinidivici: nice endgame.
Aug-24-12  Llawdogg: I like the game where Gossip whipped Jackson Showalter in New York, 1889.
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  Once: I love how Gossip kicks the black king around. From here...

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... the pawn sacrifice 31. e8=Q+ forces the black king to the eighth rank while white is sprinting up the board.

Then after 43...h5, we get to here:

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Now white feints over to the kingside with 44. Ke4 (Ke5 would also have worked). This gives black an impossible decision. If he tries to defend his kingside pawns, white gobbles on the queenside and vice versa. The poor black king can't be in two places at once.

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  piltdown man: Outstanding pun!
Aug-24-12  David2009: Gossip vs Bird, 1873: Fine endgame play by Gossip, but did Bird make the best of his opportunities? Let's join the game at move 34 with White to play:

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Have a go against Crafty End Game Trainer (link: I thought I was winning but found I was losing: 0-1. Be careful!

Aug-24-12  vikram2791: Instead of 7.d4??, White should have played the simple 7. Nxh4 that bags a knight!
Aug-24-12  kasparvez: 7. Nxh4? Nxd5 and black is alright.
Aug-24-12  sfm: <... the pawn sacrifice 31. e8=Q+ forces the black king to the eighth rank while white is sprinting up the board.> Interesting! I have seen similar tempo-illusions many times, also in comments by GMs. Actually White neither wins nor loses a tempo by playing 31.e8Q+.
Aug-24-12  Calli: <vikram2791> Yes, but the score is incorrect. The first eight moves should be:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 d5 5.Bxd5 Nf6 6.d4 Nxd5 7.exd5 Bh4+ 8.Kf1 Bg4


Aug-24-12  andrewjsacks: Gossip never stopped talking about this game.
Aug-24-12  PeaceRequiresAnarchy: <David2009> Thanks for the endgame test. I won, but I almost did not realize that I had to make sure that I did not wander off with my king. If I did black could play ...h4 followed by ...g4 hxg4 then ...f3 gxf3 and finally ...h3 ...h2 ... queen.
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  kevin86: A great game of pawn hockey!
Aug-24-12  Nosnibor: Bird was not what you could call little and appears to be quite corpulent in the old photographs.I understand he suffered with gout in his later years and this may have contributed towards an increase in weight.
Aug-24-12  Chessmensch: Very interesting computer evaluation of this game. After all the pieces are off the board, Deep Fritz 12 rates the game as +2.35 at depth=25 while Deep Rybka 4 rates it at +5.23 at depth = 21. Further, Fritz doesn't see any significant advantage for white until depth=22 while Rybka sees it much more quickly (at depth=13).
Aug-24-12  goodevans: <piltdown man: Outstanding pun!>

Truly outstanding!

Aug-24-12  rapidcitychess: Wonderful pun, definitely a notch above most.

Also, white played a very good ending.

Aug-24-12  Calli: Thank you librarian! The score is now correct. Did you know an entire book was written on this game? ;->

Aug-24-12  e4 resigns: <Instead of 7.d4??, White should have played the simple 7. Nxh4 that bags a knight!>


Aug-24-12  psmith: <e4 resigns> Read all posts before commenting. the score was incorrect but has now been corrected. The earlier posts referred to the incorrect score.
Aug-24-12  psmith: <Calli> :)
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  OBIT: Oops, I think I stumbled upon a glitch with Crafty. When I played out the position posted by <david2009>, the continuation was 1. Kf5 Kg7 2. b4 Kf7 3. a4 Ke7 4. Ke5 Kd7 5. Kf6 Kd8 6. Kg6 Ke7 7. Kxh6 Kf6 8. b5 cxb5 9. axb5 Ke7 10. Kxg5 a5, and here Crafty would not let me play 11. bxa6. Crafty seems to have a problem with en passant moves.
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  Phony Benoni: Although it's chapter 26 before the author gets down to the action:

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