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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London m3 ;HCL 18 (1834), 04, rd 38
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1-0


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Jul-07-05  Knight13: Hey man La Bourdonnais was winning but he blew it!

29. Re1?! is doubious. Two rooks for a queen? Maybe two rooks are better.

I think 31... Kh8 is better. ... a4's kind of a waste move. Wait a minute... 31... Kh8 32. Nxh6! wins a pawn. Nevermind. 31... Ree8 is better. 31... Kf8 is better. But not ...a4, I doubt.

What a terrible endgame for Black. Black lost two rooks! Jeez.

Jul-07-05  sneaky pete: Hey man, this game is, like, amazingly modern. It could have been played in the celebrated Kramnik vs Leko match last year, except Kramnik would have, like, improved with "Hey man, draw?" after 13.Bb5 .. and Leko would have, like, accepted the draw.
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  beatgiant: <Knight13>
<29.Re1?! is doubious.> I think White's position is already dubious at that point. White has no real attack, the d-pawn is stopped, and Black has two powerful connected passed pawns.

For example, if 29. Nd4 Qe4 30. Nc6 Ra8 31. Re4 Qe2 32. Rec4 Qd2 33. Qf3 Re2! 34. Kf1 Rae8 35. Nxa5 h5!, and Black has a nice attack.

In my opinion, 21. Nxb3 was dubious and White should try 21. axb3 instead. Then White's main disadvantage would be the weak b-pawn, but I'm not sure if it's decisive.

Mar-13-08  nimh: 43...Ke8 could have secured a draw.
Feb-03-12  Knight13: I would show this game to beginners with the following lesson: watch out for hanging and disconnected pieces (rooks)! (Which means 31...Ree8 would have saved a lot of trouble.)
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  offramp: 39.Qa4

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Black's rook was attacked and he now played 39...Rd2. This is the best move - but why is it better than 39...Rd4 or 39...Rc1?

AFAICS, the only reason is that it threatens 40...a2

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