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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London (1834), rd 15
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation (D20)  ·  1-0


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Jun-26-05  Knight13: White totally ignored the threat made by Black on move 18.... Bg5 followed by 19... Qxd4+.

Instead of 24... f5, 24... Nc3 would gave black more oxygen to breath. 25. Kxc3 Rfe8 26. gxh6 Qf6 27. Qxf6 gxf6 28. R1h4 Rad8 29. Rf5 Re6 30. Rg1+ Kh8 31. Bxf7 and so on.

Good game.

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  beatgiant: <Knight13>
White looks winning at the end of your line with 24...Nxc3.

What about 21...Qxf3? It might go 21...Qxf3 22. Rxf3 Bf6 23. g5 g6 24. Rh6 Bg7 25. Rxg6 Kh7 26. Rd6 Be5 27. Rd1 Kg6. It still looks like White probably has an advantage, but I haven't found a clear win yet.

Jul-09-05  Knight13: Since the open h-file game White a brilliant attacking file, I think 12... hxg6 is better. But then, that would give Black a slightly weak endgame on the king-side.
Jun-14-06  blingice: Doesn't seem like a very extraordinary game. It does show that you shouldn't open the edge file of your castle though...
Feb-27-08  wolfmaster: Quite a nice attack!
Feb-01-12  Knight13: Seems to me like Black was obsessed with pins and checks in this game, which eventually led to his demise.
Feb-01-12  Knight13: What about 17... g5? That should set up a solid defense for Black.
Aug-15-14  Xeroxx: Qg6+ is a mistake.

Qxf3 with slight advantage for white.

(According to my enginge).

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  offramp: The Louisiana Daily Courant & Dispatch should have asked for its money back.
Nov-19-14  Ke2: strange, no comment on missing 21. QxQ. anyway, endgames are for those without honor or swagger in 19th century.
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