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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual Match (1834), London ENG, rd 11
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Lopez Variation (C33)  ·  0-1



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Apr-09-03  Rookpawn: Regarding Morphy's comment after 3. Bc4, "This gambit ... was neither well analysed nor much practiced until about the period of these matches. M'Donnell has the honor of having first elaborated the attack, and Labourdonnais ... employed the defences which, until very lately, were generally regarded as the best," I believe that many modern players reject 3. Qh5+ because it permits White to develop some pieces, especially his King's knight, with tempo.
Sep-19-04  Zaius: Can anyone elaborate on Morphy's 6. comment: "M'Donnell here invented an ingenious variation, beginning with 6.g3." ?

I'm not seeing how that doesn't wreck white king side.

Sep-19-04  Knezh: One thing i remember about it is that it starts 6. g3 fxg 7. Kg2!?
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  tpstar: It wrecks the Kingside but opens lines = Max Lange vs Adolf Anderssen, 1852
Sep-20-04  Zaius: Thanks tpstar. That was an entertaining way of developing off g3.
Oct-19-05  AlexanderMorphy: good notes by Morphy, does anyone know why he wrote notes on these games, which took place long before he became a chess legend!
Jan-11-06  Emma: He wtote the notes for a paper in, I believe New York. After he had returned victorious from Europe.
Aug-12-06  sneaky pete: 23... Rf1 first and .. Be5+ afterwards is more convincing. After the game continuation white could have played 27.Bb3+ K moves 28.c7 Rb7 29.Bd5 .. which looks equalizing.
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  beatgiant: <sneaky pete>
I agree that <23...Rf1!> is very strong. Black would threaten 24...g3+ with a king hunt, and I don't see a good defense.

For example, 23...Rf1 24. g3 Bxd4 25. cxd4 e2 26. Bxe2 Rxa1. Black has a huge advantage in pieces, and White's advanced pawns aren't quite compensation enough.

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  beatgiant: <sneaky pete>
<After the game continuation white could have played 27.Bb3+ K moves 28.c7 Rb7 29.Bd5 .. which looks equalizing.>

Another very interesting line. But Black can continue with 27. Bb3+ Kh8 28. c7 Rb7 29. Bd5 <Rf2>, wiping out White's kingside after 30. Bxb7 Bxb7 31. Nd6 Rxg2+ 32. Kf1 Rf2+ 33. Kg1 Bxc7 32. Nxb7 Bh2+ 33. Kh1 e2.

After that, Black will soon win back a knight for the e-pawn and remain with a strong kingside attack. So, I don't think White is equalizing.

Mar-12-09  dwavechess: 30/42 concur with Rybka 3 at 3 min. per move for La Bourdonnais
Mar-12-09  hrvyklly: <Emma> Three years too late maybe, but here's some of Morphy's columns for the New York Ledger: Scroll down about half the page (they're in alphabetical order). They run from August 1859 to January 1860.
Aug-08-09  just a kid: So was 7.Be2? the decisive mistake?
Feb-02-12  Knight13: <just a kid: So was 7.Be2? the decisive mistake?> No. White could still have catched on with Nf3 a move later, but McDonnell neglects this.

Also, 19. Bd2 is superior.

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