Henri l'Oiseau


H. E. Bird 

One of the most colorful figures and creative thinkers of 19th century chess, Henry Edward Bird was the epitome of an English gentleman -manliness tempered with kindness and fairness. He cared little for the confines of known theory and generally sought for original ideas in hackneyed positions. He played "anyone, anytime, anywhere," taking his losses like a man and his victories like a gentleman. 


Here's a King's Gambit miniature showing the "ever-tricky" Bird's cleverness.