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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London (1834), rd 19
Bishop's Opening: Lopez Variation (C23)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-05-04  Knight13: I suggest 8. Nf3, so it won fall into Bgxg1. 22... Nxe5! 23. dxe3?, as Morphy said, 23. Qe2 was better. I agree with that. So 40. Nxe5?! fxe5+ 41. Ke1 exf4 42. Kxf4 Rg4+ 43. Ke3 Re4+ would have let the h5 pawn promote or lose a Knight. 43. Rxg4 hxg4 44. Nh4 Rg1 would have risked White with the posibilities of the Pawn Promotion. 47... Rxf4 and white is totally in trouble with the Black Pawns. Good game.
Dec-06-08  WhiteRook48: Morphy annotated this?
Feb-01-12  Knight13: <17... 0-0: It surely would have been safer to have castled with Queen Rook.> McDonnell could have castled on the queenside because Bxf7 leads to ... Qxb2. Maybe he was worried about the pin on the rook on d8 (but the pin's effect is negligible). One of the reasons I assume is that Black is afraid of White storming the queenside with pawns, and since he already has a solid defense set up on the kingside, he doesn't need to worry when castling on the kingside. But Morphy doesn't think so.
Feb-04-12  Knight13: 38. a4?! is questionable. Also, 40. Bc2? -- Kd3 is better.
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