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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
"Labourdonnais Picnic" (game of the day Sep-03-12)
London m4 ;HCL 18 (1834)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1
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Nov-29-11  Penguincw: < ninja warrior: the final position is the most amazing thing i have ever witnessed. >

Same. It's ONE of the most amazing final positions I've ever witnessed.

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  Landman: After 32.Qxd8!? Rxd8 33.Rc8 Qb6 (or Qg5) 34.Rxf2!, black can still lose after Qxf2, h6, e3, or d2. Only 34...Kg8 stops 35.Rf8+
Feb-04-12  Knight13: La Bourdonnais conducts the game like a flawless work of art, punishing 8. Qe2 and 14. c4 to the last nanoliter.
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  Phony Benoni: If you're not from the United States, you might not realize today is a national holiday known as <Labor Day>. Now, does the pun make a little more sense?

Now that that's out of the way, I'll just say this is one of those nineteenth-century games which make me grateful for the evolution of chess style. I couldn't live through such head-exploding compllications.

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  xthred: What a stretch on the pun. I like.
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  Calli: lah-BORE-do-nay but maybe even the punster has the day off.
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  Once: An old favourite. Good to see it as GOTD.
Sep-03-12  weisyschwarz: Lay Mahe Bourdon down.
Sep-03-12  sfm: Could be the most unforgettable ending position in the history of chess.
Sep-03-12  sfm: And praise to McDonnell too, for giving up here, and not f...... it up by making a few more futile moves. The position after e.g. 37.Qxd2,f1Q+ 28.RxQ,exfQ+ raises no eyebrows.

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Though I in general think that people (especially weaker players) are giving up much too early, I am also against destruction of beauty for no reason.

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  joe1137: Phony Benoni. I think that 36. .. e2 may work.

36. ... e2
37. R(either)xd1 dxe1=Q
38. R(other) xd1

Then 38. ... f1=Q wins, as the game would have ended.

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  Phony Benoni: <joe1137> Thanks. <Herr Fatmann> also pointed that out, immediately after my post. You'll note I have not tried to analyze the game since.
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  Calli: <joe1137> White could take with the Q 36...e2 37.Rdxe1 dxe1=Q 38.Qxe1 fxe1=Q 39.Rxe1 and Black still wins. So I think what Louie played was faster and better.
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  AylerKupp: <<sfm:> Could be the most unforgettable ending position in the history of chess.>

Take a look at this one and see if you still think so: M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933, particularly if you also look at this one Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 and the stories that surround both these games.

Sep-03-12  The Last Straw: Some angry daunting pawns there!! :-)
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  scormus: The perfect finishing position, made possible by the perfect resignation. A classic in every sense
Sep-03-12  DanielBryant: I still think this one leaves a better impression than Ortueta-Sanz. I remember the first time I played over this game as a youth.
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  keypusher: <Phony Benoni: If you're not from the United States, you might not realize today is a national holiday known as <Labor Day>. Now, does the pun make a little more sense?>

It works on another level because we think of ants invading a picnic, and the black pawns are like angry ants.

Here's another example where Chernev (?) compared the black pawns to an army of ants.

Albin vs Winawer, 1896

Sep-03-12  Federacion: <Phony Benoni: If you're not from the United States, you might not realize today is a national holiday known as <Labor Day>. Now, does the pun make a little more sense?

Now that that's out of the way, I'll just say this is one of those nineteenth-century games which make me grateful for the evolution of chess style. I couldn't live through such head-exploding compllications.>

Don't forget the Canadians too!

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  Moonwalker: The formation after 35...e3 is the most pleasing I have ever seen! And the fact that the black queen was en prise for 4 consecutive moves, it's just too delicious!
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  kevin86: Black clinches it with trips on the seventh.
Sep-04-12  Llawdogg: It's cool to know that Morphy studied this game.
Sep-07-12  CharlesSullivan: As <J.A. Topfke> has pointed out on 18 November 2003, 22.Nd6! looks like a saving resource for White.

And there is still something to be said for Nd6 at move 23: 23.Nd6 Bxd6 24.Bxe8 Bc7 25.c6 e4 26.cxb7 Qxh2+ 27.Kf1 exf3 28.gxf3 Bg3 29.Qxd4 Rxe8

<Kasparov misses White's saving move>

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30.Rd3!!! (Kasparov gave 30.Rc3 as White's best -- but losing -- move) 30...Qe2+ 31.Kg1 Bh2+ 32.Kh1 Be5 33.Qxe5!! Qxe5 34.Rc8! Qe1+ 35.Kg2 Qe2+ 36.Kh3 f4 37.Rdc3 Qe6+ 38.Kg2 Qg6+ 39.Kh1 Qh6+ 40.Kg2 Qg6+

<Despite his material advantage, Black can't win>

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Black must give perpetual check, DRAW!

However, as Topfke has pointed out, Black has a winning move in this variation (after 23.Nd6 Bxd6 24.Bxe8 Bc7 25.c6):

<J.A. Topfke finds the win for Black>

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25...Bc8! wins; for example: 26.Bd7 e4!! 27.Bxc8 d3! 28.Qc5 Bd6 29.Qxd6 Qxd6 30.Ba6 d2 31.Rc3 e3 32.Be2 f4 33.Ra3 Qxc6 34.Rxa5 Qf6 35.g3 Qxb2 36.Kf1 g6 37.a4 Qd4 38.Rb5 Qxa4 39.Rc5 Kg7 40.Kg2 Kh6 41.Rc7 Qb3 42.Rc5 g5 43.Rb5 Qc2 44.Rb6+ Kg7 45.Rb4 h5 46.Rd4 Qc5 47.Re4 Qd6 48.Ra4 Rc8 49.Rda1 Kg6 50.Ra6 Rc6 51.R6a4 h4 52.g4 Rc2 53.Kh3 Rc1 54.Ra6 Rc6 55.Ra8 Qd5 56.Rb1 Qe6 57.Rbb8 Rd6 58.Rg8+ Kh6 59.Rge8 Qb3 60.Rh8+ Kg7

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Black wins.

Sep-07-12  CharlesSullivan: In the game, White could have drawn with

<Game position after 24...exf3 25.Rc2 Qe3>

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Kasparov does not mention 26.Rf2 in My Great Predecessors (published 2003), and Nunn/Burgess/Emms do not mention 26.Rf2 in The World's Greatest Chess Games until the 3rd edition of 2010. After 26.Rf2 was discovered (perhaps by Guerrero Sanmarti [see <J.A. Topfke>, 18 November 2003]), the search was on to find where Black's play could be improved to save this masterpiece. The result of this search: Burgess inserted a brief note at Black's 24th move: "24...Qe3+ 25.Kh1 exf3 is the correct move order." But is this move order any better?

<Analysis position: Does Black win?>

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After 26.Rf1!! fxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Rxe8 28.cxb7 Qe4+ 29.Kg1 Qxb7 30.Qf7

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White has a perfectly acceptable position.

So the real error was not 24...exf3, but 25...Qe3+. As <Magorian> pointed out on 17 September 2006, the strongest move in this position

<Analysis: Magorian found the best move in 2006!>

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is 25...Ba6!!! and Black's attack should win after 26.Qxa6 e4!

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  kevin86: Wow! This was a great game with the black triplets on the seventh!
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