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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London (1834), rd 26
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Lasker Defense (C52)  ·  1-0
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Dec-30-04  Bobak Zahmat: A wonderfull game with great notes by Paul Morphy, who himself played the Evan Gambit quite a lot.
Jul-01-05  dreamnet100: How are you I am a little english I lastest learn to chess and during the web search. at least meet chessgames
Sep-26-05  aw1988: Funny! Morphy recommends "superior" moves, not knowing some day this would become... the Lasker to the Evans.
Dec-10-06  gauer: Who were Morphy's correspondents for annotation? I notice that this game suggests the plural form of some move recommendations.
Dec-24-06  MrMelad: <gauer> He wrote a column for a newspaper called "the New York Ledger", and annonated many games (I think the first 15) from the La Bourdonnais vs MacDonnell match. It was in 1859 I beleive.
Dec-25-06  gauer: When reading some of the other annotations, I notice the names Lowenthal & Steinitz sometimes get referred to other games of his. The latter correspondent was not yet in his prime when his analysis received subsequent reviews, and so it would be interesting to see if he was coaching any future pros in his mail correspondence, rather than just his Ledger publications that would later arrive at Europe etc. As for previous coaches, I don't recall if Lowenthal was an earler coach, or just a 3rd party correspondent, or if there were other regular kibitzers of his local chess club. It would be an interesting way of tracking chess theory in this way if we knew when these Ledgers columns were being found "everywhere," for other analysts such as Blackburne, etc to start commenting on, or also to see how much access Morphy might've had to Russian/Baltic chess theory at his time.
Dec-25-06  Boomie: Lowenthal stumbled on the 12 year old Morphy when he visited New Orleans. He realized at once the presence of a great talent. Over Morphy's brief chess career, they maintained a friendship.

This great match, which is required reading for any player, was perhaps Morphy's inspiration to continue his chess studies. His admiration for the great Frenchman is apparent in his annotations.

Morphy's love affair with the Evans lasted until Anderssen demonstrated how black can hold on to the pawn.

For a review of "all things Morphy", see http://batgirl.atspace.com/index.html. Warning: You will lose hours browsing this wonderful site.

Sep-30-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.25.

McDonnell 1 mistake:
13.Na3 -0.42 (3.Bh4 -0.16)

De La Bourdonnais 7 mistakes:
14...gxf6 0.25 (14...Qxf6 -0.46)
15...Bc5 0.70 (15...Kf8 0.30)
21...f5 0.92 (21...Na5 0.63)
24...Ke6 2.21 (24...Rg7 1.26)
28...b6 1.98 (28...f4 1.29)
29...Nf7 4.14 (19...Ne6 2.05)
32...Rc8 6.54 (32...e4 4.99)

Oct-11-07  nimh: Correction, new threshold 0.33.

McDonnell no mistakes!

De La Bourdonnais 6 mistakes:
14...gxf6 0.25 (14...Qxf6 -0.46)
15...Bc5 0.70 (15...Kf8 0.30)
24...Ke6 2.21 (24...Rg7 1.26)
28...b6 1.98 (28...f4 1.29)
29...Nf7 4.14 (19...Ne6 2.05)
32...Rc8 6.54 (32...e4 4.99)

Apr-27-11  JoergWalter: The Chesscafe skittles rooms has a lot of the chess columns by Morphy but I do not find this one there. Morphy's love affair with the Evans was interrupted only for a short time after his loss to Anderssen. See his comment in the NY Ledger of from oct 8, 1859: "The move recommended by Herr Anderssen at this stage of the Evans and played by him in his first match game with Mr. Morphy, is 7...Nf6. We have analyzed the move with great care, and have found that 8 Ba3 gave White a very fine attacking game." The "we" is either Morphy and Arnous de Riviere or just the "royal we".
Feb-01-12  Knight13: I often wonder why some very strong players would choose a less natural move like 14... gxf6 only to end up in a worse position when the natural move, 14... Qxf6, is best.
Jun-10-12  e4 resigns: Knight13:
I suppose everyone does that once in a while.
It's called a mistake.
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