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Philipp Meitner vs Henry Bird
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 7, Aug-12
Scotch Game: Classical. Millennium Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: In the Scotch Game after 4 ... Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 hitting the Nd4 is an active choice, even though the f6 square is occupied for now. On 6. c3, Black scores great in the OE with the unconventional 6 ... Qg6 eyeing e4 & g2, and White must proceed carefully. Note 6 ... Qg6 clears f6, but Black can still choose Nge7. This game is the only example of 7. Nb5 wrecking Black's castling (8 ... Kd8) but also White's Pawns (7 ... Bxe3 8. fxe3). The half open f file proved useless for White, and snatching the Pa7 was risky due to 22 ... Qg4 inducing 23. Rff1 (23. Rdf1 Nd2 24. Rf4 Qe2 & 25 ... g6), then 23 ... Re5 and now 24. Nd4/Nh4 Qg5 threatens 25 ... Ra5 and/or 25 ... Qxe3+. Even so, White's Knight sac seems desperate, and the endgame was lost once Black picked up the c Pawn.

lionyaz-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/7/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 ed 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. Be2 Bb6!? (7 ... d6/d5) 8. 0-0 d5 9. ed Nxd5 10. Nxc6 Nxe3!? 11. fxe3 Bxe3+ 12. Kh1 Qxc6 13. Bf3 Qb6 14. Qa4+ Bd7 15. Qe4+ Qe6 16. Qxb7 0-0 17. Bd5! Qg4 (17 ... Qg6 18. Bxf7+ Kh8 19. Qxa8 - best was 17 ... Qb6 18. Rxf7 Qxb7 19. Rxf8+ Kxf8 20. Bxb7 Rb8, or 18. Bxf7+ Kh8 19. Qxb6 [19. Qe4!? Qxb2] axb6 20. Na3 Bc5) 18. Na3 Rab8 19. Qxc7 Rxb2 20. Rxf7! Be6 (20 ... Rxf7 21. Qd8+) 21. Rxf8+ Kxf8 22. Rf1+ Rf2 23. Qd8+ Kf7 24. Rxf2+ Bxf2 25. Qd7+ Kf6 26. Qxe6+ Bxe6 27. Bxe6 Kxe6 (28 ... Bc5!? 29. Bc8 Bxa3 30. Kg1) 28. g3 Be1 29. Nb5 a6 30. Nc7+ Ke5 31. Nxa6 Bxc3 and White won (1-0).

Apr-03-08  Knight13: Brave attempt by Meitner. His sacrifices could've worked if Black's pieces and kings weren't so "into his position" and being "active in the right places to defend" and all.
Jul-27-09  sneaky pete: Desperate or not, 31.Qb8+ .. still draws. Maybe Meitner wanted to paint.
Jul-23-14  GumboGambit: Outstanding foresight by Bird, playing the Millennium Variation ( 6 ... Qg6 ) back in 1873.

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