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Paul Journoud vs John L O'Sullivan
Paris (1859), Paris FRA
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Black was under very strong pressure all the game. It is no wonder that he made some mistakes. 21...Bb8 <21...Bd7 22.Nd4 Ng6 23.Qe3 Re8 24.Ne6+> could have lost the game immediately after 22.Na4. Weak point b6, c and e files and backwardness in development will cost black some material, for example 22...Kf7 23.Nb6 Ra7 24.Nxc8 Rxc8 (24...Nxc8 25.Ng5+ Kg6 26.Re6 ) 25.Rxc8 Nxc8 26.Ng5+ Kf8 27.Nxh7+

Another mistake was 33...Rf7 <33...Kg8 would have been better>, but Journoud missed the chance to play 35.Rxh6! Nxh6 36.Qh8+ Of course, Journoud's 35.Rxf7+!? was also very good move, but after right 35...Rxf7 it wouldn't have been as convincing as Rxh6, athough then 36.Ne5 or 36.Qb6 seem to be sufficient for acquirement of decisive advantage. After 35...Qxf7? 36.Ne5 the game is decided. Despite some omissions white played it very well. Nice and instructive example of Evans Gambit.

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  Domdaniel: Perhaps not the same O'Sullivan who competed in the first-ever FIDE Zonal in Hilversum in 1947, a mere 88 years later.

If it *was* the same person, it helps to explain his Hilversum result of 0.5/13 (P.13, W.0 D.1 L.12).

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