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Emanuel Lasker vs Henry Bird
Lasker - Bird (1892), Newcastle-upon-Tyne ENG, rd 1, Aug-29
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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Feb-19-06  Knight13: Seems like White's queen was hungry in the endgame.
Nov-21-12  TheFocus: The final moves in this game were: 60...Ka4 61.Qxe5 Qh8+ 62.Ke6 Qc8+ 63.Ke7 Qc4 64.f4 1-0
Mar-07-13  bengalcat47: In Reinfeld's book Lasker's Greatest Chess Games the continuation given is that Black played 60...Ka4 and then after White played 61. Qxe5 Black resigned.
Mar-07-13  thomastonk: <bengalcat47> There is a much older and probably more reliable source for the end that Reinfeld presented: BCM, Vol 12, 1892, p 436-7.

<TheFocus> It would be interesting to know your source for the additional moves.

Mar-07-13  morfishine: To me, the fascinating thing about this game is Black's meandering King Knight, trying fruitlessly to find a good square to enter forcefully.

The Knight goes thru f6,d7,b6,c8,d6,e8,g7,e6,d8 and finally back to e6 where it is finally put out of its well traveled misery.

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  HeMateMe: I think the heading is unfair. The Celtics were so much more than Bird. Chief did the dirty work inside, and could be counted on for 15 ppg. McHale was "the man with a thousand moves" who could get an open shot anywhere near the basket. DJ played great defense. Bill Walton and Scott Wedman could spell the regulars. The hated Danny Ainge took rowdy fan pressure off of the skilled players.

You don' see <Magic v. The Celtics> do you?

Send this back to the editor!

Mar-15-13  TheFocus: <thomastonk> I got them from Ken Whyld's <The Collected Games of Lasker>. He cites the <London Chess Fortnightly>, 1-9-1892.
Mar-17-13  thomastonk: <TheFocus> Thanks! Whyld is a very good source, of course, but the London Chess Fortnighrly is even better, because it is a Lasker journal.

(<TheFocus> Something off-topic: thank you for your nice words on the McDonnell page; I stopped my participation there, when he begun the personal attacks.)

Mar-17-13  TheFocus: <AJ> is a jerk and has a bad reputation here. I think I have shot him down over there. He hates to be proven wrong.

<London Chess Fortnightly> is a great journal. I have it in my library.

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  Tabanus: Manchester Evening News 30 August 1892 says Bird resigned on the 64th move.

The Morning Post (London) 30 Aug. says Bird resigned on the 64th move.

London Daily News 31 August gives the whole game with Bird resigning at move 60 (they probably did not have the last 4 moves).

Edinburgh Evening News 31 Aug. says Bird resigned on the 64th move.

Westerm Mail 31 Aug.: 64th move.

best of 5 games, stake 50 pounds, time control 20 moves in 1 hour.

Dec-22-14  TheFocus: Match Game 1 played in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England on August 29, 1892.

Lasker won with a score of +5=0-0.

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  Chessical: CHESS MATCH AT NEWCASTLE. A match is proceeding between Bird and Lasker in Newcastle Chess Club. The conditions are first five won games, draws not counting; stakes £50 and the time limit 20 moves per hour.

The first game was was won by Lasker at the 64th move. In yesterday's game Bird opened with his favourite Pawn to King Bishop's fourth." Lasker gained a strong position at the 24th move, and his play from the 24th to 36th the was remarkably calculated. At the 64th move Bird was compelled to resign the game.

Source: <"Edinburgh Evening News" - Wednesday 31st August 1892, p.4.>

Oct-24-20  Helios727: In addition to Reinfeld's version being shorter, he has different moves for Black on moves 40, 42, and 43. However, the position after White's 61st move (where Reinfeld has Black resign) is the same in both versions.

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