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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London (1834), rd 23
Queen Pawn Game: Steinitz Countergambit (D00)  ·  0-1

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Mar-08-04  Whitehat1963: Not exactly an exciting game, but shows that MacDonnell was certainly not without skills. Morphy annotates. Can Fritz, Crafty or Junior save the game for the crafty Frenchman?
Mar-08-04  drukenknight: Look what happens at the end, it makes sense for white to get the N to a5 in order to put pressure on the K because white is down in material. Except that by move 34 it is too late, black is about to attack his K. Would have been much better if he got in 32 Na5, bringing pressure on the K w/o wasting any time
Feb-01-12  Knight13: <Would have been much better if he got in 32 Na5, bringing pressure on the K w/o wasting any time > Black still has the better game, though, but you are right in that it is a more optimal time to place the knight there. It is obvious that White missed 34...Nd3.
Feb-04-12  Knight13: <14...Bd6: Morphy - Nd5, at once strikes us as better play.> Or ...c5, getting rid of the weak pawn and weakening White's control of the center.

16. fxg3 is a strange recapture. Surely White could not have thought that the open f-file would make a difference in such position?

Feb-04-12  thomastonk: White is fine until 20.Nc5?. Instead 20.bxa5 and White has maybe even a slight edge. 34.Na5? looses immediately, but after 34.Nd2 the position is clearly better for Black, but I have doubts that Black is already winning.

BTW, Morphy's line at 23.. Qa3 is not correct: 23.. cxb5 24. Qxd5 and now Black has 24.. Qa7, which keeps the pawn.

May-10-12  LIFE Master AJ: Not a great game, White just missed a simple threat there at the end.

Of course, if you were playing Black, you would call it a nice tactic!

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