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Johannes Zukertort vs Henry Bird
Paris (1878), Paris FRA, rd 5, Jun-24
French Defense: Normal Variation (C00)  ·  1-0

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Apr-20-04  shr0pshire: Hmmm, Zukertort moves 4. Nh3. It is almost like it is a pride thing that he does this, and says to Bird, "if you can go out of the book, then so can I."

Although by move 10, we are in a more traditional french formation.

I think that Bird gets in trouble on move 19. ... Nxd4?!. I think that Bird should have castled first. Then should have considered Nxd4, when his king was in a safer place.

After this black is down a piece with only a pawn compensation, and huge structural damage. After this, it is just a matter of time, until black resigns.

Apr-20-04  Kenkaku: <shr0pshire> This hedgehog-style French was oft-played in the 19th century.
Apr-20-04  shr0pshire: I looked it up in the opening explorer and through the fourth move there are 12 games that use these same four opening moves. That isn't a whole lot, but I admit, I didn't know that this line was ever played before. <Kenkaku> and they all seem to be played in the 19th century.

It is interesting, I never saw the hedgehog applied to the french, and I would have never even thought of it, if you didn't mention that it is a hedgehog system used by Bird.

Apr-20-04  Kenkaku: <shr0pshire> I didn't mean they were exact copies in move order, but the general way the French was played (ECO C00) in the 19th century was as a hedgehog system (just click on French Defense (C00) to see what I mean).
Oct-26-05  fred lennox: Bird was not one afraid of not castling and knew how to keep the king safe enough without doing so. As you see he doesn't 0-0 until move 21. Yet i think he went against his better instinct by not 21...Rxc2 following through on his last move.
Feb-25-08  Knight13: 29...Nxd4?? is embarassing.
Mar-25-08  sneaky pete: 21... Rxc2 22.Rxc2 Qxc2 23.Qxe7+ Kxe7 24.Bb4+ .. (Schallopp) would have been equally hopeless.

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