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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London m3 ;HCL 18 (1834), 09, rd 43
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation (D20)  ·  0-1


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  Gypsy: A very nice performance by MacDonnell; his play from <12...Bxg4> to <26...Rxf7> has a tour-de-force feel to it.

MacDonnell comes accross as a pure 'piece player'; his pawns do not move much, that is left up to La Bourdonnais.

At first glance, <26.Rf2> looks like a lame surrender. But what should White play? Black stands realy, realy well also after 26.Qh5 Qg3+ 27.Kh1 Rf8..., and 26.Bd5 c6 just drops a piece.

May-12-06  sneaky pete: <26.Rf2 .. looks like lame surrender.> It certainly does. Anderssen suggested 26.Qg2 .. as better play and Staunton 26.Bd5 ... This <just drops a piece after 26... c6> but I don't see how. If 27.Be4 Rxe4 28.Qxe4 Qg3+ 29.Kh1 Rf8 30.Qe2 .. with 31.Qg2 .. or 31.Nh2 .. white's position looks tenable.

Black twice missed a more convincing win earlier. First 21... Qh3+ 22.Nh2 Ng3+ 23.Kg1 Re2 or 22.Kg1 Re3 23.Qd1 Re4. Next after 23.Qg6 .. (23.Qd2 .. and if .. Re4 24.Qh2 .. may be better) 23... Qh3+ 24.Kg1 Re4! or 24.Nh2 Nxf1.

Feb-01-12  Knight13: In this game La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 Morphy comments, <The series of moves, beginning with the sixteenth, has been capitally played by Labourdonnais, and the result is a clear gain of two pawns. All interest in the game is now at an end, victory being a mere question of time.> Same can be said for this game from move 12 to 30, which results in Black having two pawns up, like White in the above game.
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