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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London m3 ;HCL 18 (1834), 08, rd 42
King's Gambit: Accepted. Mayet Gambit (C38)  ·  0-1



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May-21-07  sneaky pete: It looks like 11... Qxg2 could have been safely played. If 12.Bxd6+ cxd6 13.Rf1+ Bf6 14.Rxf6+ Kg7 15.Qf7+ Kh8 16.Nd2 Bg4. If 12.Rf1 Bf6 13.Bh6+ Ke7 or 13.e5 .. (inviting 13... Bh4+ 14.Bg3+ ..) 13... Qe4+.
Feb-23-08  wolfmaster: Big Mac's opening sac was pointless. It might work against NN, but not against a world-class player like La Bourdonnais.
Nov-28-10  Rory O Rion: Au Contraire, White's "sac"(move-8) was not "pointless": beside winning a pawn, it draws Black's Queen away from the King, allowing White to check his Highness, gaining another pawn; and then on move-11, a third pawn falls when White's Queen's Bishop boldly challenges her Ladyship. These moves had their affect/effect on La Bourdonnais; notice he decides to move 'back' rather than penetrate with the obvious Qxg2, which he subsequently plays on move-16. Unfortunately, "Big Mac" in response to move-16, himself moves 'back' with the Queen; and it's this move in the game that proves McDonnell's negative turning point. Had he moved back Q-e4, the outcome might have been quite different(?)
Feb-04-12  Knight13: Looks like "Big Mac" lost his "a" after two consecutive failed charge-charge sacrificial games with White: Match 3, Game 6 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 and this game, number 8. But he resorts to a more quite play in game 10: McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 and wins!
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