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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
"Horse Racing" (game of the day Aug-22-07)
London (1834)  ·  Bishop's Opening: Lopez Variation (C23)  ·  0-1
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Aug-22-07
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  ahmadov: <TheBB: <ahmadov> What would you suggest instead?> Resigning before promoting... Isn't this the best choice? Or was it compulsory to play until one is mated at the time?
Aug-22-07
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  keypusher: The game may well not have been played out to the end. The final moves might have just been tacked on when the game was printed, as with (per Sneaky) Anderssen's immortal game against Kieseritzsky. Tartakower and Du Mont give the finale as 38. f8/Q Nc2#.
Aug-22-07  sneaky pete: William Greenwood Walker (1836) concludes 36. R. to its seventh, ch. 36. K. to Kt., and then checkmates with Kt.
Aug-22-07  Marmot PFL: Quite a game with a trade of blunders at the end. 32...Qf6 does seem to win easily.
Aug-22-07
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  keypusher: <32...Qf6 does seem to win easily.> Too bad 32....Bg6 is unsound; it's such a pretty move.
Aug-22-07
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  Jack Kerouac: The Romantic Era at it's best!
Aug-22-07  brankat: <ahmadov> <At the end of the game, White does not promote to a Queen, probably understanding that 38...Nc2 is mate. However, it plays 39.Nb1 ignoring what he saw before promoting to a knight...>

It is highly unlikely that a player of La Bourdonnais's stature didn't the mate in one. Both masters were gentlemen, unlike some of the "modern" masters. I believe La Bourdonnais simply didn't want to deny his opponent the final mating scheme.

Aug-22-07
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  kevin86: What a finish! White's king appeared to be a fly netted by black's spidery knights. His cries of "Help me!" fell upon deaf ears as white's forces were to far away to do nothing but prolong the game-even so far as underpromoting a pawn to give one last check.
Aug-22-07  psmith: <HOTDOG> The suggestion of 30...Nxe4 is good, but Morphy's analysis, which is borne out by examination with Fritz, shows that 30...Bxe4 wins as well, if properly followed up with 32...Qf6.
Aug-22-07  smarterthanbobby: 32 queen E2 is unstoppable....
look at it! simple, clear, over!
Aug-22-07  smarterthanbobby: ha QUEEN E3 OPPS....
still unstoppable!!!!!!!
Aug-22-07  psmith: <smarterthanbobby>: 32. Qe3 Qf6 stops what you had in mind I think.

Who's Bobby?

Aug-22-07
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  fm avari viraf: A very thrilling encounter between these two Masters of Romantic Era. However, there were some slips from both the players under pressure, otherwise a wonderful game!
Aug-22-07
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  Chessmensch: <blingice> The Fritz 10 data base (Chessbase) gives f7-f8N+, same as Chessgames.com.
Aug-22-07  soberknight: Haha, f8=N+. A pretty "spite check," but I would have done the same thing.
Sep-28-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.25.

De La Bourdonnais 13 mistakes:
7.d4 -0.45 (7.e5 -0.01)
8.Bxf4 -0.58 (8.e5 0.14)
9.Bd3 -0.30 (9.e5 0.25)
11.h3 -1.10 (11.Nf3 -0.29)
14.Kb1 -0.71 (14.Ngf3 -0.16)
17.g4 -0.48 (17.Rhe1 0.00)
18.Rdg1 -0.89 (18.g5 0.35)
22.Rg4 -0.17 (22.h4 1.00)
23.h4 -0.83 (23.Nh4 0.39)
25.h5 -1.56 (25.Rf1 1.42)
27.Qf3 -2.57 (27.Qe3 -1.56)
30.Ka1 -3.47 (30.Kc2 -2.63)
34.Rxe1 #6 (34.Nb1 5.99)

McDonnell 14 mistakes:
5...Ne7 0.21 (5...0-0 -0.24)
7...Bb6 0.14 (7...d5 -0.45)
8...d6 0.25 (8...d5 -0.58)
12...Qe7 -0.31 (12...d5 -1.03)
13...c5 -0.16 (13...Bd7 -0.42)
15...a5 -0.26 (15...Bd7 -0.79)
16...Bd7 0.00 (16...a4 -0.27)
17...h6 0.35 (17...Bc6 -0.48)
18...a4 0.49 (18...Bc6 -0.89)
21...Bc6 1.00 (21...Rac8 0.23)
22...Ba5 0.39 (22...Qe6 -0.17)
23...Bxd2 0.30 (23...Qd7 -0.83)
24...Ra5 1.42 (24...Qe6 0.29)
32...Bg6 6.44 (32...Qf6 -3.49)

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

De La Bourdonnais 13 mistakes:
7.d4 -0.45 (7.e5 -0.01)
8.Bxf4 -0.58 (8.e5 0.14)
9.Bd3 -0.30 (9.e5 0.25)
11.h3 -1.10 (11.Nf3 -0.29)
14.Kb1 -0.71 (14.Ngf3 -0.16)
17.g4 -0.48 (17.Rhe1 0.00)
18.Rdg1 -0.89 (18.g5 0.35)
22.Rg4 -0.17 (22.h4 1.00)
23.h4 -0.83 (23.Nh4 0.39)
25.h5 -1.56 (25.Rf1 1.42)
27.Qf3 -2.57 (27.Qe3 -1.56)
30.Ka1 -3.47 (30.Kc2 -2.63)
34.Rxe1 #6 (34.Nb1 5.99)

McDonnell 12 mistakes:
5...Ne7 0.21 (5...0-0 -0.24)
7...Bb6 0.14 (7...d5 -0.45)
8...d6 0.25 (8...d5 -0.58)
12...Qe7 -0.31 (12...d5 -1.03)
15...a5 -0.26 (15...Bd7 -0.79)
17...h6 0.35 (17...Bc6 -0.48)
18...a4 0.49 (18...Bc6 -0.89)
21...Bc6 1.00 (21...Rac8 0.23)
22...Ba5 0.39 (22...Qe6 -0.17)
23...Bxd2 0.30 (23...Qd7 -0.83)
24...Ra5 1.42 (24...Qe6 0.29)
32...Bg6 6.44 (32...Qf6 -3.49)

Mar-18-10  SirChrislov: Now wait a second, something's wrong here. In the Chessmaster collection it shows the ending as: 38.f8=Q Nc2#.

Nevermind, I'll lean towards this game as the authentic, I've found several errors in the Chessmaster database and I'll assume this is just one more. For example, in the game Staunton vs St. Amant 1843, game #5, it is Staunton who played with black, not white as CM shows it.

May-29-10  gort3200: This game, in its entirety, is featured in the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Lexx. The game itself is played between one of the main characters and the villain for high stakes, with the pieces on the board represented by the talking heads of various characters from the show, often trash-talking each other; the talking pieces peg the 21st move as the major turning point of the game.

The episode can be seen on Hulu at this link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/152256/le...

Sep-16-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: Did everyone know that this game was used in the TV broadcast, Season 4, Episode 18, of LEXX. If you missed this episode, it is a great episode in which this game is basically played out.
Dec-14-11  fetonzio: SICK GAME!
Jan-31-12
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  Knight13: <...the talking pieces peg the 21st move as the major turning point of the game.> I disagree. Black was playing well at that point, setting up enormous pressure in the center that can't be ignored. If anything, the position is still unclear.
Oct-10-12  Anderssen99: Couldn,t de La Bourdonnais have played 33.Rh7+!! at once? That sacrifice would have given him a mating attack whether Mcdonnell captures the rook or not.
Oct-10-12
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  OhioChessFan: <Anderssen> yep, that's why I always think playing forcing moves is best. If you put the other guy in check, he's got to address it immediately.
Feb-20-14  RookFile: Pretty game.
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