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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London m4 ;HCL 18 (1834), rd 64
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  0-1


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Nov-19-03  drukenknight: a very early Paulsen/Kan/Taimanov, is 17 Nxf5 any better?
Feb-01-04  Helloween: <drukenknight> 17.Nxf5 Nxa1 18.Nxg7+ Kd7, when the exchange is lost and the pressure on the g-file will be decisive.

It's amazing watching the embryonic stages of Sicilian theory such as this. It almost seems as if 2 complete amateurs are playing a game of chess.

Mar-02-05  Guanqun Gai: Hey guy, is this the only game when white plays Bc4 on move three? Why is 3Bc4 not that popular?
Jan-04-06  ArturoRivera: e6 in the sicilian is preparing a future d5:

1.-e4 c5
2.-Cf3 Cc6
3.-Ac4!? e6

and white is prefectly prepared for making the freeing move d5. Theoricians say that black has equalized and strives for advantage, when black can make d5 without troubles, obviously, to have a Bc4 in the way of the pawns to d5 is not a very bright idea.

May-29-06  grasser: I have never been able to play the freeing move ...d5 with any success. If done before castling the 'e' file is whites with pins at b5 and g5. By the time balck castles it has already transposed to another variation. I don't know. The Fischer-Sozin variation is BASED on Bc4.
Nov-30-09  KingG: <grasser> <The Fischer-Sozin variation is BASED on Bc4.> Yes, but in that system, Black has already played d6, and and exchange of pawns has taken place on d4. That makes it much harder for Black to play ...d5. Notice that no one plays Bc4 against the Kan or the Taimanov.
Feb-04-12  Knight13: 6. exf6 and 7. fxg7 and 9. Ng3 are awful, violating every principle of opening play. Actually, White's play in this whole game is awful. Come on, McDonnell. You play some awesome games and then pull something like this.
Dec-22-13  thomastonk: The game score contains no less then three mistakes. Correct are: 23.. ♖g4 (instead of 23.. ♖g6), 27.♘e3 (instead of 27.♘g3) and 30.♖bc1 (instead of 30.♖fc1).

Source: W.G. Walker, „A Selection of Games at Chess“ (including the whole games between La Bourdonnais and McDonnell, London 1836) , p 238-239. I will submit a correction slip.

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