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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London m4 ;HCL 18 (1834), 10, rd 56
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0

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Jun-30-05  Knight13: 27... Ng3? is a mistake. This move allowed White to promote the e-pawn. Better is 27... Nf6.
Jun-30-05  sneaky pete: <Knight13> 't Ain't so, honey 't ain't so, the Devil said yes but the Lord said no:

After 27... Nf6? 28.Rxc7 Rxc7 29.Rxc7 .. both 30.Rc8+ .. with # next move and 30.Rxa7 .. are threatened.

27... Ng3! makes 28.Rxc7? Rxc7 29.Rxc7 Rd1+ with # on h1 unattractive for white (Staunton). The Knight goes to g3 to support the mating Rook on h1.

31... Re5 (instead of 31... h6?) could have saved the game (Saint Amant).

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Jun-30-05  nikolaas: <sneaky pete> How works your line after 27....Nf6 28.Rxc7 Rd1?
Jun-30-05  sneaky pete: <nikolaas> That would be better of course, there is no quick win, but after 29.Rxd1 Rxc7 30.Rxd6 .. white should still win with his (virtual) extra pawn and better position. 27... Ng3! was really a clever move, with proper follow-up it could have saved the game.
Jun-30-05  nikolaas: I see, thanks for clearing that up.
Jun-30-05  Knight13: <sneaky pete> 29. Rxd1 Rxc7 30. Rxd6 Kf8 31. Re2 Ne4 32. 32. Rd5 Rc1+ 33. Kh2 Bxf2 34. g4 gxf3+ 35. Kg2 Rc2 36. Nh4 Rxa2 37. Nf5 Bb6 and Black wins. How do you like that?
Jun-30-05  paul dorion: That "31...Re5 could have save the game" looks like an understatement. How can White avoid losing? e7 is doomed and White will be two pawns down with pieces scattered over the board.
Jul-01-05  nikolaas: <Knight13> Why would white play 31.Rd2 in your line? Rd1 looks more natural to me.
Jul-01-05  sneaky pete: <Knight13> You're right, but after 27... Nf6 28.Rxc7? Rd1+ 29.Rxd1 Rxc7 30.Rxd6 Bxf2+ is maybe even nastier. After 27... Nf6 white should play 28.Rxa6 .. and if 28... Bb8? 29.Nb6 ..; if 28... Bc5 29.Nxc5 ..; if 28... Bd4 29.Rxc7 .. with a clear advantage.

<paul dorion> You're also right, 31... Re5 = (Saint Amant) is un understatement, black is winning.

White missed a win earlier with 22.e7! .. followed by Nd4-e6xg7, as indicated by MacDonnell's teacher William Lewis. Black should have played 14... fxe4 (followed by .. Nf4) with a promising position.

Feb-01-12  Knight13: After viewing through some Evans Gambit games with La Bourdonnais playing White, I would definitely feel uncomfortable with the move e5 (which happens often in Evans Gambit La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell games) if I was playing Black. Especially in this game.

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