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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London (1834), rd 29
Italian Game: Classical Variation. General (C53)  ·  0-1


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May-05-03  Rookpawn: Regarding Morphy's comment on the "correctness" of 4... Nf6, Black can also play a steady defense with 4... Qe7, and though this may lead to a cramped game, it can be very solid.
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  Cyphelium: After 4.- Qe7, I think white can castle and then it seems black has wasted some time and white will play d2-d4. 5. 0-0 Nf6 6. d4 Bb6 (6.- exd4 7. cxd4 is a pleasant edge for white, since e4-e5 will follow) 7. Re1 d6 8. h3 and white is somewhat better.
May-06-03  Rookpawn: The line you provided is a transposition from 4... Nf6, and, as you prove, a poor one for Black. 5... d6 might be more along the lines of steady, rather than counterattacking, defense. (If one wishes to counterattack, then he would play 4... Nf6. But to obtain a quieter game, nothing is wrong with 4... Qe7.)
Jul-23-04  slunga9: 4....Qe7 though less popular seems to provide blac with options to take control of the game as capablanca once played 4...Qe7, clearly wiping out the option of the usual 5.d4
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  Boomie: <> Please append the match numbers to the game descriptions. Morphy's notes refer to previous games in the match. Plus it's always better to play a match in game order. Thanks.
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  Gypsy: <Morphy's notes refer to previous games in the match.> La Bourdonnais vs MacDonnell, 1834
Jun-14-07  savagerules: Too bad Black missed the queen sac 37...Qxh6+! as Morphy indicated, leads to won pawn ending without complications.
Sep-30-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.25.

De La Bourdonnais 15 mistakes:
9.h3 -0.65 (9.bxa6 0.00)
10.Qe2 -0.72 (10.bxa6 -0.08)
11.Na3 -0.95 (11.bxa6 -0.02)
12.g4 -2.10 (12.bxa6 -0.14)
16.Nc4 -1.25 (16.0-0 -0.83)
17.h4 -1.81 (17.0-0 -0.57)
18.Rd2 -2.27 (18.0-0 -1.68)
19.Rd5 -3.62 (19.Rd1 -2.27)
20.h5 -4.77 (20.Nfxe5 -3.57)
25.h6 -6.23 (25.Nxf7 -4.77)
29.Ke2 -4.41 (29.e5 -3.06)
30.e5 -8.95 (30.bxa6 -3.33)
42.Qg7+ -27.60 (42.Qxh7+ -15.97)
45.Qf7+ -26.24 (45.Qc4+ -20.17)
47.Qxh7+ #10 (47.Qxe6+ -27.00)

McDonnell 7 mistakes:
8...Ne7 0.00 (8...axb5 -0.67)
9...Ng6 -0.08 (9...axb5 -0.65)
10...Be6 -0.02 (10...axb5 -0.72)
11...0-0 -0.14 (11...Bxc4 -0.95)
15...Nd7 -0.83 (15...axb5 -1.92)
16...Re8 -0.57 (16...axb5 -1.25)
27...Qf8 -3.61 (27...f6 -6.44)

Feb-01-12  Knight13: <Too bad Black missed the queen sac 37...Qxh6+! as Morphy indicated, leads to won pawn ending without complications.> Obviously he missed 39...h6+ followed by ...Rf2+. Otherwise, very well played by McDonnell.
Feb-04-12  Knight13: Black missed 9...axb5 10. Bxb5+ c6 11. Bc4 Bc7 followed by ...d5.
Apr-24-14  dernier thylacine: I guess the "other commentator " was Staunton: Morphy disliked him so much that he avoided even to quote his name, lol!
Jul-10-16  garland: Wow Qxh6! Morphy knew it was important to win in style. Being -7 isn't good enough.
Oct-01-17  TheBish: Funny, I saw the final line given by Morphy starting with 37...Qxh6!+ (but not at the point of the rook sac)... but didn't even look at the simple 37...Kf8, which the engine here gives.
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