Henry Bird vs Wilhelm Steinitz

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.

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



Why didn’t Bird react with 67.Kb5x and take the black pawn?

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.

black-Ke4-d5, gameover, right?black: 67. …Ke3 68 Kc2 Kd4 and black wins the white pawn. Correct?Yes, then white can’t defend the pawn anymore

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