Bird – Steinitz (1866)

Published on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in |

    This position occurred in the game Bird -Steinitz (1866) and Steinitz played the winning move 66…b5+.

Bird reacted with 67.Kc3 and now we get an even more interesting position.

Should you also have played 66…b5+ or would you have tried something like 66…a3?
Are you able to win this won game?
What are Black’s next moves?

Be careful. Some moves will result in a draw.
    Black to move and wins.

More chess lessons? The next lesson in this series is about the King’s Gambit.

Original 6 Responses on CTL to “Bird – Steinitz (1866)”

  1. Mark Spring
    November 20th, 2009 at 10:38 am
    Why didn’t Bird react with 67.Kb5x and take the black pawn?
  2. Chess Teacher
    November 20th, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    Because after 66…b5+ 67.Kxb5 it is clear that the other pawn can not be stopped; 67…a3 68.Ka4 a2 69.Kb3 a1=Q
    Bird tries to prevent the promotion of the pawn.
  3. kam
    December 21st, 2009 at 5:02 am
    black-Ke4-d5, gameover, right?
  4. Isaac
    April 12th, 2010 at 7:06 am
    black: 67. …Ke3 68 Kc2 Kd4 and black wins the white pawn. Correct?
  5. Chess Teacher
    April 12th, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    Yes, then white can’t defend the pawn anymore
  6. EPIM
    August 19th, 2010 at 2:55 am

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