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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London m3 ;HCL 18 (1834), 11, rd 45
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation (D20)  ·  0-1
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Sep-09-04  clocked: A one move check should NEVER come as a shock. The obvious 28.Qxd1 avoids this disaster.
Oct-08-04
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  Knight13: 11. g4? is not a good way to drive the Bishop away. As you can see, from move 14, the castled king is wide open and with less defences. This is not a good way to play 11. g4?. White would play 31... Nh3+ 32 Kh1 Rxe1#, and there is no way for white to play 31. f4. Good game.
Oct-09-04
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  Chessical: De Labourdonnais' <11.g4!?> may be over-sharp, but it does not lead to a loss by force. <11... Nxg4!?> is a speculation of a B for three pawns. Such a defence may have been uncongenial to De Labourdonnais, but he holds on for 17 further moves and comes near to consolidating his position.

<13.Ne4!> Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Bxf3 15.Nxd6 Qxd6 16.Qxd6 cxd6 17.Be3; would have taken most of the sting out of the attack.

<28.Bf1?> is the blunder which Macdonnell has been seeking. It justifies his practical decision that a speculative attack is easier than defence:

<28.Qxd1> Nd3+ 29.Kf1 Nf4+ 30.Re2 Nxe2 31.Qxe2 Qxe2+ 32.Kxe2 Kxf8 leaves an ending of a N for three pawns, with chances for the better endgame player.

Feb-01-12
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  Knight13: <Chessical: De Labourdonnais' <11.g4!?> may be over-sharp, but it does not lead to a loss by force.> I still wouldn't have played it. It forces White to do something with his Kingside when I would have liked to focus more in the center.
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