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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
"Labourdonnais Day" (game of the day Sep-05-2016)
London m 22 (1834), rd 22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Lopez Variation (C33)  ·  0-1
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Feb-01-12
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  Knight13: 14. g4? 16. h4? What is White trying to do, make his king as open and vulnerable as possible? 14. c3 and 16. c3 are much better. Also, 13. exf6, opening up the line for Black's dark-squared bishop, is a mistake. exd6 is better. White's opening play is very bad for his level.
Sep-02-13
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  offramp: I suppose today must be Labour Day in the great big state o' Texas. That would make sense of the pun. Is Labour Day a bank holiday our something?
Sep-02-13  UnsoundHero: Wow, they're both great swashbucklers. Pieces flying all around with reckless abandon.
Sep-02-13
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  offramp: Rarely has a buckle been so swashed.
Sep-02-13  sunbagger: Why some people like to play Bc4 and lose a time with kf1? One more question, with Bc4 variation black can play g5? like Nf3 variation? What happens if black play 3.g5?
Sep-02-13  Ratt Boy: <offramp: I suppose today must be Labour Day in the great big state o' Texas. That would make sense of the pun. Is Labour Day a bank holiday our something?>

Today is Labor Day in the US and Canada, eh. It's a national holiday in both countries; banks, post offices, and most public schools and governmental offices are closed.

Sep-02-13  JoergWalter: <Ratt Boy: Today is Labor Day in the US and Canada, eh. It's a national holiday in both countries>

It is labor day and nobody works?

Sep-02-13
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  morfishine: I love Labor Day. All the other Holidays feature not working based on a theme like Santa Claus or Turkeys

Labor Day is based solely on its title: Don't work and thats that

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Sep-02-13
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  Penguincw: How would white fare differently if the queen wasn't attacking?
Sep-02-13
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  Abdel Irada: <morfishine: I love Labor Day. All the other Holidays feature not working based on a theme like Santa Claus or Turkeys

Labor Day is based solely on its title: Don't work and thats that>

Well ... there's a bit more to it than that:

<In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. In the United States and Canada, however, the official holiday for workers is Labor Day in September. This day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.[1]>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_...

Needless to say, big employers would prefer us not to remember this; hence the emphasis on family, barbecues and outdoor celebrations that do nothing to remind us of what we're really commemorating, much less why we're doing so in September.

Sep-02-13
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  playground player: Labor unionism: an idea whose time has come and gone.
Sep-02-13
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  Phony Benoni: <sunbagger: Why some people like to play Bc4 and lose a time with kf1? One more question, with Bc4 variation black can play g5? like Nf3 variation? What happens if black play 3.g5?>

I don't know much about the line, but can make a few suggestions.

"Some people" would include Robert Fischer. Of course, his use of 3.Bc4 does not end the argument, but does indicate that in his jusgment it was sound enough to use as a surprise weapon.. Even a wily and experienced veyeran like Evans lost his bearings in this game

Fischer vs Larry Evans, 1963

It's true that White loses time with his king, but Black's queen is not well-placed on h4 without any support, vulnerable to be kicked by Ng1-f3 at any moment. White uses this to play 7.Nd5. With the queen not around, Black choosed to protect c7 by 7....Kd8 displacing his own king int he center.

Finally, why doesn't Black play 3...g5, as in the 3.Nf3 variations? Simply because this is not a Nf3 variation. One good possibility for White then is 4.h4, and Black's kingisde is likely to be shakier than usual since he doesn't have 4...g4 attacking the White knight.

Note, too, how White may be able to get that Rh1 into the game by opening the h-file after ...g7-g5. It's the strategy Fischer used in the Evans game, and it worked well, espcially since Black castled queenside and avoided the usual f-file attacks.

Sep-03-13
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  offramp: People went to a market to buy and sell hay and ended up dead?
Sep-03-13
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  morfishine: <Adbel Irada> Yes, I'm aware of that, I'm just having a little fun here

Did you know people used to call the associated Sunday "Labor Sunday" as part of the long weekend

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Sep-03-13
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  offramp: Do Americans have a sale day, like on Columbus Day?
Sep-03-13
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  kevin86: This matchup was the Hatfields-McCoys of its day.
Sep-05-16
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Let us see--after 15 moves Black had three extra pawns, a lead in development, and the attack.

Not a good day for the King's Gambit.

Sep-05-16
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  Boomie: Morphy learned a great deal from the study of the many games between these players. They played an astonishing variety of openings. He considered La Bourdonnais to be the best player of that generation. Today many consider La Bourdonnais to be the first world champion.

Morphy's notes are concise and encourage the student to explore the position. The note to black's 42nd move, "A glance at the board will show that this was the only method of avoiding perpetual check.", shows Morphy's facility. He had the quickest chess mind that side of Capablanca.

Sep-05-16
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  offramp: Today is the 100th Annual Labour Day.

Labour Day falls on the first Thursday of September and commemorates the sinking of the USS Labour in the Civil War.

It is the only day in the USA on which it is illegal to buy an alcoholic drink.

All shops close.

If the household candles accidentally go out, Americans are required to ask a non-American neighbour to relight them.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT some people refuse to drive cars on Labour Day saying that pressing the ignition button is the equivalent of relighting a candle!

Sep-05-16  The Kings Domain: The first great match in the history of the game. The games, like this one, still entertain.
Sep-05-16  catlover: Labor Day was a government initiative to require pregnant women to go into labor on that designated day. Like many government initiatives, it met with limited success.
Sep-05-16
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  Breunor: Interesting. If you look at Nimh's computer anlaysis, it shows that McDonnel had equalized by move 29!

This analysis indicates that the decisive mistake is 33 Q x a7 and Q b7 saves the game.

Sep-05-16
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  thegoodanarchist: After 8.Be2 we read from P.M.: <A weak move, which we cannot commend.>

Who is "we"? Paul and the voices in his head???

Sep-06-16
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  offramp: <Breunor: Interesting. If you look at Nimh's computer anlaysis, it shows that McDonnel had equalized by move 29! This analysis indicates that the decisive mistake is 33 Q x a7 and Q b7 saves the game.>

Yes! Well spotted Breunor! No one else seems to have mentioned Nimh's analysis.


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McDonnell played 33.Qxa7. But as Nimh pointed out, a much better move is 33.Qb7. The important thing is that the white queen stays in contact with the crucial squares f3, g2 and h1. It also threatens, as in the game, 34.Qxe7+.


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33...Kf7 34.Qd5+ would lead to a threefold repetition.

33...Kh8 34.Qxe7 Qg2+ 35.Rxg2 hxg2+ 36.Kg1 f2+ 37.Kxf2 gxh1Q 38.Qf6+ Rg7 39.Qd8+ Rg8 40.Qf6+ =

33...Kf6 34.Bc3 Qg4 35.Bxe5+ dxe5 36.Qc6+ Kf7 37.Qd5+ Kf8 38.Qa8+ Kg7 39.Qb7 Kf6 =

33...f2 34.Qxe7+ Kh8 35.Rxf2 Qg2+ 36.Rxg2 hxg2+ 37.Kf2 gxh1Q 38.Qf6+ Rg7 39.Qd8+ Rg8 40.Qf6+ =

If Black plays as in the game he might end up slightly worse. 33...Qg2+ 34.Rxg2+ hxg2+ 35.Kg1 gxh1Q+ 36.Kxh1


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...and it is anyone's game.

I find it amazing that White, after all his provocative moves, and despite all Morphy's criticism, still had a draw on move 33! Morphy had even written, "23. Nd6. Well played, but the exposed condition of White's king is such that no play could avert ultimate defeat."

Sep-06-16
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  kevin86: Chess' first true rivalry! Fine win by black, after two promotions.
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