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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
London (1834), rd 16
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1



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Jul-22-05  bomb the bishop: 12. Kg3 shows how bad white's position is, his opening was definetly not prepared well enough, nice game by La Bourdonnais
Apr-12-06  apawnandafool: Tactic: interference

Chessgames puzzle: 33...?

Dec-27-06  Haeron: apawn: I don't see what you mean. It's getting rook for knight. No sac involved. Even if someone had no sacrificial vision, they would see the knight could take the rook and not lose anything. The mate just comes of the natural move.
Oct-22-10  twin phoenix: I've enjoyed going over games annotated Morphy. Tks chessgames!! Compare his annotations with Capa's and really it's obvious that Morphy was a player of the first class in any era.
Dec-27-10  Llawdogg: In an era when opening theory was not very well developed, even then McDonnell was considered "radically bad" in the opening by Paul Morphy. So bad, in fact, that even his reported tactical excellence in the middle game was of little help against La Bourdonnais. He moved one knight three times and never got close to castling in this game. Yet, he was the strongest player in London. Fascinating!

I wonder when it became common knowledge to "move a central pawn or two, develop your minor pieces by moving them once each, castle and connect your rooks." That's as much opening theory as I know. But it seems to be more than McDonnell.

Feb-02-12  Knight13: <12. Kg3 shows how bad white's position is, his opening was definetly not prepared well enough, nice game by La Bourdonnais> Yes, but by move 12, that move is necessary to get his king to a more secure place.
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