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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
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.
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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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  Sally Simpson: I was looking at this variation of the French and found myself here.

Not sure about this.

" 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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11...0-0-0 12.Ng5 Qxd4+

Which in turn had me looking at this Qxd4+ after the Bishop Sac.

White has just played 14.Qd1-h5

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14...Qxd4+ 15. Kh1 Qd3 covering h7 and hitting the f1 Rook. A defensive idea I've missed a few times as White in some of my games after merrily saccing the Bishop on h7.

White has 15.Rf2 meeting 15...Qd3 with 16. f5 but it is looking like a very different game after 15. Rf2 Rfc8 White can jump ship with the perpetual after 15...Rfc8. Any non-checking moves may allow Black to slip in Bc5.

Wish I never came here. Now spending time trying to resurrect La Bourdonnais's attack after 14...Qxd4+. Why do I get wrapped up in these things? It's like this game has been waiting 181 years for me to happen along and has trapped me.

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