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George Alcock MacDonnell vs Samuel Standidge Boden
"Boden Well" (game of the day Aug-20-2005)
Casual (1869), London
Bishop's Opening: MacDonnell Gambit. La Bourdonnais-Denker Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1
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Aug-20-05  sneaky pete: Good morning, Mr Morphy.
Aug-20-05  morphy234: Good morning to u 2.

furst!

Aug-20-05  littlekarpovhorrors: Is it a race to post first? A wild game!
Aug-20-05  12929011: A quasi-Evans Gambit.
Aug-20-05  black knight c6: i almost forgot this game until i saw the queen sac and then i thought - thats morphy. it still amazes me how he could see this deep - either that or he was incredibly lucky!
Aug-20-05  Perkins: kinda ugly game. Of no real use.
Aug-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: Black's little demolition of pawn structure with 20...Qxf3! traps the King for a quick mating combination.
Aug-20-05  PaulLovric: it's only 9 pm here
Aug-20-05  PaulLovric: pseudo evans here=false counterfeit and fake
Aug-20-05  PaulLovric: bla bla bla bla bla
Aug-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Boden is connected with the beautiful queen sac mate that has his name. This game has the same type of elegance.

The final move is so crushing! It attacks the queen,threatens mate,and pins the queen to the protection from the mate at g6---mate will follow by:♖g6+ and ♘f3#.

Aug-20-05  Agent Bouncy: It's a stunning performance by Alexander MacDonnell, who had been dead for 34 years when he played this game. He can be excused for losing.
Aug-20-05  sneaky pete: When I saw this game early this morning it was played in 1830, when Boden was 4 years old. I suspected something was wrong then. Now, three o'clock in the afternoon, it is suddenly played in 1869, 34 years after poor MacDonnell died (and 12 years after the famous Paulden vs Morphy game). Amazing! Will Alexander have turned the reverend G A MacDonnell next time I look?
Aug-20-05  Agent Bouncy: The ChessGames database has at least 21 games incorrectly attributed to Alexander MacDonnell.
Aug-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  NakoSonorense: this game reminds me of Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 and Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 for the sacrifice of the queen. It's almost the same.
Aug-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: If 24. Rc1 then 24...Ne5 wins. The last chance for white to stave off mate (and probably not for very long) was 23. d5. If 23...Rxd5, then 24. Rf1 Rg5+ 25. Qg4. If 23...Rg6+ or Ne5, then 24. Qg4 immediately. After white gives back the queen he is at least a piece down.
Aug-20-05  Durateston: só...
Aug-20-05  sneaky pete: If 23.d5 Rxd5 24.Rf1 Ne5 still mates, it's wrapped up pretty (tight). And behold, Alexander HAS become George Alcock!
Aug-20-05  SneechLatke: An excellent game! Needless to say it ends with a great combination, but I wonder as to the soundness of white's 3.b4!?!? with a sort of strange Evan's gambit. Is there an opening authority about who could comment on this interesting (if it is indeed interesting and not simply losing a pawn for dubious compensation) choice?
Jul-27-08
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  chancho: This game is mentioned in Lasker's Manual of Chess.
Dec-20-08  thebribri8: This game is the chess equivalent of playing "Twister".
Jul-16-09  backrank: Here's another game with the same Qxf3 sac combination (besides those already mentioned above):

Steadman vs Ed Lasker, 1913

Jun-19-12  vinidivici: Macdonnell beaten by his own gambit
Aug-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <"The celebrated game which Boden won of MacDonnell ... occupied only twenty minutes and was one of eight games which those gentlemen contested in the space of two hours."> -- Baltimore American, April 15, 1883.
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