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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London m1 (1834), rd 24
Bishop's Opening: MacDonnell Gambit. MacDonnell Double Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1


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Oct-05-04  mack: 3.b4 - MacDonnell's not particuarly good Evansesque gambit.
Feb-05-05  schnarre: Any other games with 3. b4 despite this one? I believe there was one player who played it vs. Morphy, but I have not been able to confirm that. I tried it a few times (losing each one, but the games were fun).
May-12-06  sneaky pete: <schnarre> See Mongredien vs Morphy, 1859 and Spielmann vs Duras, 1912 for the gambit declined. 3... Bxb4 4.c3 .. with 5.Nf3 .. looks quite playable.

What's really amazing is that MacDonnell played this silly invention of his own in the 24th game and only in his next game as white first (in this match) played the Evans gambit proper, known to him but new to De La Bourdonnais.

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  GrahamClayton: <mack>3.b4 - MacDonnell's not particuarly good Evansesque gambit.

4.f4 makes the opening Macdonnell's Double Gambit.

Feb-02-12  Knight13: <3.b4 - MacDonnell's not particuarly good Evansesque gambit.> Apparently he missed 4... d5!. 4. f4 was to open up the a1-h8 diagonal. Here we see another premature attempt of McDonnell's attack, which begins as early as move three!
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  offramp: After ...Bxb4 we are all expecting c3 at some time - but it never happens!
Feb-03-12  Knight13: <offramp: After ...Bxb4 we are all expecting c3 at some time - but it never happens!> Playing c3 is not that good with Black's pawn on e4. It only blocks the knight on b1 from going to its optimal square, and also, after c3-d4 ...exd3 and then ...c6, that pawn on c3 becomes weak.
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