Bird, H.E. – Blackburne, J.H. 1880

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Bird, Henry    2531 (40) 1.5/
Blackburne, Joseph    2598 (38) 0.5/
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: 29 Dec. 1879
End date: 6 Jan. 1880
An Evans Gambit match, in which Bird chose to play the defense. Although I don't usually use matches with a pre-determined opening unless the two players alternate sides, here Bird proposed the match, with a preference for playing the defense, so we cannot really say he was disadvantaged. The first game appeared in The Field of 3 Jan. 1880 with the date 'Monday last', hence 29 Jan. 1879. Bird, in his Bird's Modern Chess, said he won the second game and the intended third was not played. Harding gives the date of the second game as 6 Jan. 1880.
   Harding, Joseph Henry Blackburne, page 148, 509
   [Fld], 3 Jan. 1880

Match information updated: 5 May 2020