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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London (1834), rd 7
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1

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Jun-26-05  Knight13: <Morphy: On move 13, The interposition of the queen's bishop would have been much better.> I agree. That would give White the possiblility of castling. 13. Kf2?! is doubious.

I dislike White's move 18. g4?. It weakens White's kingside too much. It costed Black the entire game.

23. Kg2?? is a mistake, as Morphy pointed out. 25. Qxf3?? leads to 26. Qxb2+, winning the rook. I don't think MacDonnell saw this. 23. Nh4 would've been better.

Good game.

Mar-01-09  just a kid: At least Morphy didn't have a long note after 2.f4.
Feb-01-12  Knight13: 10. Nfxd4 is the correct move.

On 13. Kf2, McDonnell played this in another game (same opening, slightly different position) as well: McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834. He must have been fond of it to sacrifice the natural Bd2 for it at the time, but eventually gave it up (correctly) and opted to castle first.

Feb-04-12  Knight13: I was right: he was fond of the Kf2 stuff---he played it quite a few times in his match against La Bourdonnais.
Sep-03-14  Ke2: The computer disagrees with Morphy's analysis after 15. Nxe5 Qxd4+ 16. Ke2, but practically it is very strong and of course anyone would lose OTB to Morphy there.

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