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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London (1834), rd 63
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: De La Bourdonnais exploits MacDonnell's prediction for a very aggressive g5 thrust in this position, with a N sacrifice. MacDonnell also tried to make the <g5> idea work by inserting h6, but he this too resulted in a loss to De La Bourdonnais

<12...h6> 13.Kh2 c5 14.Nd2 Bd7 15.Qe1 g5 16.f4 gxf4 17.Rxf4 15.Nxg5 is I believe sound, if <16...Qe7> (an idea MacDonnell uses on move 19), De La Bourdonnais can continue to build up the pressure on the K-side, e.g.:

<17.Qf3> Bd4 18.Ne2 Bxa1 19.Rxa1 Kg7 20.Qg3 Rh8 21.f4 Rag8 22.e5 dxe5 23.fxe5 Kf8 24.Bxf6 Qc5+ 25.Qf2 Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Bxh3+ 27.Kf3 Bg4+ 28.Kxg4 Qxf2 29.Bxh8

Aug-29-06  sneaky pete: The normal position of the Evans Gambit was played 18 times in this match. It can be reached via at least half a dozen plausible move orders. Both MacDonnell and De La Bourdonnais ALWAYS played 6.0-0 .. first and 7.d4 .. next, not allowing the the compromised defence. As black MacDonnell played 5... Ba5 6... d6 and 8... Bb6; De La Bourdonnais 5... Ba5 6... Bb6 and 8... d6, except in game 66 (5... Bc5?! 6.0-0 Bb6 etc).

The two main sources (La Stratégie, 1876 and Bachmann, Aus Vergangenen Zeiten, 1920) give the move order 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4 etc for this game. That original version (gid=1001166) was here half a year ago, but has been erroneously removed in favour of this duplicate. The second duplicate, with 5... Bc5 (never played by MacDonnell) and dated in 1835, La Bourdonnais vs MacDonnell, 1835, so far escaped that fate.

Sep-21-07  sneaky pete: William Greenwood Walker, A Selection of Games at Chess, actually played in London, by the late Alexander M'Donnell, esq., etc, 1836, gives the move order

5. Q. B. P. one
5. B. to R. fourth
6. Castles
6. Q. P. one
7. Q. P. two
7. P. takes P.
8. P. retakes
8. B. to Q. Kt. third

Feb-26-08  Knight13: <21...Nc4> LOL that was Black's way of waving the white flag.

<15. Nxg5> I hate it when someone does that!

Feb-28-08  wolfmaster: I thought that McDonnell and La Bourdonnais were so sick of playing each other, but I guess not!
Jan-31-12  Knight13: <Chessical: De La Bourdonnais exploits MacDonnell's prediction for a very aggressive g5 thrust in this position, with a N sacrifice. MacDonnell also tried to make the <g5> idea work by inserting h6, but he this too resulted in a loss to De La Bourdonnais > McDonnell must have missed 17. Ne2! A better move would have been 14...c6 or 14...c5, which Steinitz used in similar positions later in the century.
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