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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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  kenilworthian: In his article in Dvoretsky's Secrets of Opening Preparation, Yuri Razuvaev notes that 21....Qxf3 "would not have saved Black" after 22.Rxf3 Be7 23.Rhf5 Bf6 24.g5 Bxc3 25.bxc3 Nd5 26.e4 winning. Also, on 21...g6 Chigorin suggests 22.Qh3! gxh5 (22...Qe5 23.Rf5!) 23.Rxf6 Bxf6 24.Qxh5 with pawn to g6 to follow.
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  beatgiant: <kenilworthian> Back in 2005, I suggested 21..Qxf3 22. Rxf3 <Bf6> (instead of Razuvaev's ...Be7) and did not see a clear win, but now I see I missed <23. Ne4> where the threat of Rfh3 wins material.

At least 21...Qxf3 22. Rxf3 Bf6 23. Ne4 Nd5 24. Rfh3 g6 <25. Rxd5> followed by 26. Nxf6+ with two pieces for a rook, looks like a winning endgame for White.

Jan-13-19  PatrickGJr: 15.) H5, leads to the game,but I think Qf3 is a really good move in the position allowing you to 1.) ready to queen side castle, 2.) be able to take back upon the bishop if the knight takes, 3.) bring your queen into a position where it can make an immediate swing to the H- file to Qh3 in due time, 4.) Further give support the E4 space for the knight to jump into and 5.) add an extra defender to the rather seemingly weak F2 pawn.
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