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Henry Bird vs Wilhelm Steinitz
FAKE GAME! (1866), London, England
Indian Game: Knights Variation. General (A46)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Black missed excellent resigning chances!
Aug-04-08  Poulsen: 29.-,Nxc7?? has to count as one of the worst moves ever made by a WCh - although Steinitz was not yet widely recognized as WCh at this point in time - 1866 was the year he beat Anderssen.

29.-,Rxd4 would have assured him at least a draw.

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  whiteshark: <Poulsen: 29.-,Nxc7?? has to count as one of the worst moves ever made by a WCh - although Steinitz was not yet widely recognized as WCh at this point in time - 1866 was the year he beat Anderssen.>

You're dead right!

<29.-,Rxd4 would have assured him at least a draw.>

Now this is a bit secretive.


Aug-04-08  who: I wonder if the position after 29...Rxd4 30.Nxa7+ Kxc7 31.Nb5+ Kc6 32.Nxd4 Nxd4 is a draw or a win.

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Can white with 5 pawns force black to trade off his one (and does he end up in one of those KNNvsKP that is won for the knights?)?

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  Pawn and Two: <who> In your diagram, after the move 32...Nxd4, Fritz indicates the ending is untenable for White, his pawns are too vulnerable.

Here is Fritz's analysis: (-5.43) (22 ply) 33.c3 N4f3 34.a4 Kc5 35.Ka3 Ne4 36.Kb3 Nxf2 37.Kc2 Ne5 38.b3, (-8.00) (22 ply) 38...Ne4 39.g4 Kd5 40.g5 Nxg5 41.Kb1 Ne4 42.Kc2 Kc5, (-10.11) (22 ply) 43.Kb2 Nd3+ 44.Kc2 Ndf2 45.a5 Kb5 46.b4 Ka4 47.b5 Kxb5 48.Kb3 Kxa5, with a clear win for black.

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  tpstar: What a bizarre game. White misses 13 ... Qh4 winning a piece, then Black misses 17. Bg3 trapping the Rook, then White misses 21 ... Bg4 winning the exchange, then Black totally falls apart with 29 ... Nxc7?? losing everything.

It makes sense that <who>'s position is a study-like win, provided Black keeps the b Pawn around.

Mar-18-17  Sargon1: It is not a Bird-Steinitz game. Bird never played d4 (only e4 and f4), and in reply to d4 Steinitz has never played Nf6. And the move 3.a3 has only been played in the 20th century.

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