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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Henry Bird
British CC Invitational (1892), London ENG, rd 10, Apr-08
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-03  Samuel Maverick: Blackburne really gave him the business here.
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  suenteus po 147: Very poor play from white here. Bird pretty much seeks the helpmate with all available vigor. I understand not wanting to give in to three-fold rep after winning such a clear advantage, but come on!
Nov-10-05  Joseph21: a Grade One Game...mock me if not
Nov-10-05  Calli: <a Grade One Game> Nah, first graders usually can't play this good :-)

Seriously, Bird out maneuvers Blackburne and has a simple win with 41...Nef2 which threatens the Queen and mate too. Instead he blunders it away. Played very well prior to that move.

Apr-02-08  Knight13: Bird lost because of a simple blunder. He was during well before that, as <Calli> have mentioned. And no, this is NOT a "very poor play from white" but rather a "very good play by black," though I'm not disagreeing with you.
Jun-03-16  zanzibar: After 42.Bxb6

(Black to move)

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6k1 /p6p/1B2p1p1/4Pp2/2q1n1nP/4P1P1/P3N3/3Q2K1 b - - 0 42

This looks very strange, since the engine recommends one of the following candidate moves (27-ply):

a) 42...Kg7, b) 42...Nxe5, c) 42...Qb4

One might ask, "What is going on?!"

Simple, Black has to prevent the perpetual - so either guard d7, or better still, have the king hightail it to h6.

Playing 42...axb6 gives White the draw. A nice swindle by Blackburne it seems.

Jun-03-16  zanzibar: Oh, it's instructive (at my level anyways) to ask why 42...Qb4 works and 42...Qc6 doesn't.

And, although it's maybe a little obvious, why catching the early flight to h6 works, unlike the late flight.

Jun-04-16  Octal: Na3-c2-e1-c2-e1-g2-f4-d3-f4-h3-f4-e2-f4#

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