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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Louis Simeon Lecrivain
Paris (1837), Paris FRA
French Defense: La Bourdonnais Variation (C00)  ·  1-0
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Oct-18-05  thesonicvision: i will revive this variation of the
french.
Aug-29-08  mandy64: La Bourdonnais missed the simple 16. Rf3. After this, all that black can do is 16..Nf5 17. Rh3+ Nh6 18. Rxh6+ gxh 19. Qh7++. Black can only prolong his agony by 16..Qxd4 17. Kh1 Qg1+ 18. Kxg1 Bc5+ 19. Kh1 or Kf1
Mar-21-11  jbtigerwolf: I like how it looks easy to recall: 4 moves of e and f (e4,f4,e5,Nf3) followed by preparing the Bishop (c3,Bd3,Bc2) two moves of fighting (d4,cxd4) then a reaction (Nc3) and then castle (O-O), then it's attack time. Black's pieces are all over the other side!

The beauty is that Black's moves make sense, although 6...a6 am not sure of, also it is obvious White is aiming his Bishop at h7 and the Kingside, so I'd think Black might castle long.. but I think this opening doesn't leave White any worse and it gets White's pieces out in a funny way that works. 2.f4, the opponent will be surprised but happy.. a good combination.

After 11...O-O anyone can see there is this huge Black horde coming around the Queenside - and now the rooks are together! White looks stifled. Black would play this and once he does, is it curtains?

You'd have to practise this intensely, providing for a couple of different moves later. I think it would come in handy quite a lot, as the French is used enough times.

Mar-21-11  jbtigerwolf: And practise Mandy's line of 16.Rf3! I just played it and it looks right, but I'll go over it more.
Dec-07-15
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  GrahamClayton: 11...0-0 walks into the Greek Gift, but if Black castles queenside with 11...0-0-0, then 12. ♘g5 seems to win a pawn.
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