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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London (1834), London ENG, rd 13
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2


Annotations by Paul Morphy.      [30 more games annotated by Morphy]

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Oct-11-04  Knight13: The end game is king of winning for Black. I would say that 2 Bishops are better than a Bishop and a Knight in this endgame. The best part is the endgame pawn fight. I like it.
May-16-06  dakgootje: What about 43. ...h5? with the idea of Kf5 and Nxe5, and i think black has time enough to pick up the h-pawn afterwards.
May-16-06  sneaky pete: <little gutter> After 43... h5 44.gxh5+ Kf5 45.h6 Nxe5 46.h7 .. picking up the h-pawn goes at the expense of his knight. 46... Ng6/Nf7 47.Bh5 Nh8 48.Bxh8 Kg5 49.Bf7 Bxh7 50.Bxe6 Be4 51.Be5 .. doesn't look very pleasant for black.
May-17-06  dakgootje: <picking up the h-pawn goes at the expense of his knight.> Yes, but i hoped that black d and e-pawn would be able to march to victory ;-)
Dec-11-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

McDonnell 9 mistakes:
9.cxd4 -0.30 (9.Ncxd4 0.04)
11.Kf2 -0.10 (11.Bd2 0.24)
12.a3 -0.42 (12.Qb3 0.06)
13.Kg3 -1.20 (13.exf6 -0.42)
45.Kf4 -0.67 (45.Bc3 -0.28)
56.Ba4 -0.88 (56.Bb3 -0.21)
60.Kf4 -2.79 (60.Ke2 -0.21)
63.Ke2 -4.38 (63.Kf4 -3.04)
64.Bf2 -6.83 (64.Bg1 -4.39)

De La Bourdonnais 9 mistakes:
9...Bb4+ 0.24 (9...Be7 -0.30)
18...Nc6 -1.04 (18...Bd7 -1.54)
19...Rf7 -0.58 (19...Rf2 -0.93)
23...Rxf1 -0.54 (23...Ne7 -0.97)
47...Bd3 0.00 (47...Na5 -0.73)
50...bxa4 -0.10 (50...b4 -1.05)
59...h5 -0.21 (59...Bd3 -0.88)
68...Bd5 -2.17 (68...Bb1 -6.80)
71...e5 -0.32 (71...Ne7 -1.14)

Feb-27-08  wolfmaster: "M'Donnell, as usual, in these close games plays the opening moves weakly." Morphy didn't like McDonnell much...
Sep-18-08  Cactus: Especcially since 2.f4 isn't really weak at all.
Aug-08-09  just a kid: It's weird how Morphy stopped annotating after move 2...
Feb-01-12  Knight13: <2. f4: M'Donnell, as usual, in these close games plays the opening moves weakly. With characteristic obstinacy he persists throughout in advancing this pawn rather than the Queen's.> Yeah, but La Bourdonnais goes on to play a lesser move with ...e6 when ...d5 is the best move and waits until the fourth move to play it, by then which is a bit late.
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  offramp: The people who paid Morphy that $50,000 for one years chess column must've been weeping into their Pabst.
Nov-19-14  Ke2: i think mcdonnell and steinitz would get along
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  offramp: Sometimes I imagine Morphy walking out of the door of the New York Ledger office, then sticking his head back in and saying, in a Johnny Rotten-like voice, "Ever had the feeling you've been cheated?"

But in fact MOST of Morphy's notes to these Lab-McD games are very good. He didn't annotate them all - meaning that he <chose> to annotate this one; something in this game interested him.

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  dernier loup de T: First critical situation in this endgame: 60: Kf4??; this move is normally losing, because instead of wasting time , he should have taken contact immediately with the dangerous d2 pawn by 60.Ke2 (if 60...hxg4, 61. Bb3 and White will not lose the game; maybe it's the possibility La Bourdonnais overlooked); now, lets see the black 68th move: here, La Bourdonnais had to keep control of the d3 case in order to win the endgame by saving the d2 pawn; for example, by 68..Bb1 and Black must win by force...
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