Analysis Focus #1: My Great Predecessors

(1) Bird,H - Morphy,P [C41]
London casual Bird London, 1858

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Ng3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Bg5 Bd6 9.Nh5 0-0 10.Qd2 Qe8 11.g4 Nxg4 12.Nxg4 Qxh5 13.Ne5 Nc6 14.Be2 Qh3 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Be3 Rb8 17.0-0-0 Rxf2 18.Bxf2 Qa3 19.c3 Qxa2 20.b4 Qa1+ 21.Kc2 Qa4+ 22.Kb2
[ 22.Kc1 Bf5 23.Be1 ( Yves Leroy 23.Qe3 a5 24.Kd2 axb4 25.Ra1 Qb3 26.Rhc1 bxc3+ 27.Ke1 Qb2 28.Bg3 c2 29.Bxd6 cxd6 30.Ra7 ( 30.Kf1 ; 30.Qd2 In all cases Yves found ways for Black to keep the initiative. Of course it is difficult to prove that Black wins here, but Yves has done a very good job so far!) ; Ioannis Giakoumis 23.Be3!? Bxb4 24.cxb4 Rxb4 25.Qc2 Qa3+ 26.Kd2 Rb2 27.Qxb2 Qxb2+ and a very interesting endgame has arisen. It is not clear to me, if Black can win or not.) 23...Qa1+ ( Yeves Leroy, Ioannis Giakoumis 23...e3! 24.Qb2 a5! with a strong attack.) 24.Kc2 e3+ 25.Kb3 exd2 26.Rxa1 Re8 27.Ba6 dxe1Q 28.Raxe1 Rxe1 29.Rxe1 Bxh2 30.Bb7 Be4 31.Bxc6 Kf7 Kasparov]

22...Bxb4 23.cxb4 Rxb4+ 24.Qxb4 Qxb4+ 25.Kc2 e3 26.Bxe3 Bf5+ 27.Rd3 Qc4+ 28.Kd2 Qa2+ 29.Kd1 Qb1+ 0-1

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