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Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 1st Casual Match (1834), London ENG, rd 13
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2



Annotations by Paul Morphy.      [30 more games annotated by Morphy]

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Oct-11-04  Knight13: The end game is king of winning for Black. I would say that 2 Bishops are better than a Bishop and a Knight in this endgame. The best part is the endgame pawn fight. I like it.
May-16-06  dakgootje: What about 43. ...h5? with the idea of Kf5 and Nxe5, and i think black has time enough to pick up the h-pawn afterwards.
May-16-06  sneaky pete: <little gutter> After 43... h5 44.gxh5+ Kf5 45.h6 Nxe5 46.h7 .. picking up the h-pawn goes at the expense of his knight. 46... Ng6/Nf7 47.Bh5 Nh8 48.Bxh8 Kg5 49.Bf7 Bxh7 50.Bxe6 Be4 51.Be5 .. doesn't look very pleasant for black.
May-17-06  dakgootje: <picking up the h-pawn goes at the expense of his knight.> Yes, but i hoped that black d and e-pawn would be able to march to victory ;-)
Dec-11-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

McDonnell 9 mistakes:
9.cxd4 -0.30 (9.Ncxd4 0.04)
11.Kf2 -0.10 (11.Bd2 0.24)
12.a3 -0.42 (12.Qb3 0.06)
13.Kg3 -1.20 (13.exf6 -0.42)
45.Kf4 -0.67 (45.Bc3 -0.28)
56.Ba4 -0.88 (56.Bb3 -0.21)
60.Kf4 -2.79 (60.Ke2 -0.21)
63.Ke2 -4.38 (63.Kf4 -3.04)
64.Bf2 -6.83 (64.Bg1 -4.39)

De La Bourdonnais 9 mistakes:
9...Bb4+ 0.24 (9...Be7 -0.30)
18...Nc6 -1.04 (18...Bd7 -1.54)
19...Rf7 -0.58 (19...Rf2 -0.93)
23...Rxf1 -0.54 (23...Ne7 -0.97)
47...Bd3 0.00 (47...Na5 -0.73)
50...bxa4 -0.10 (50...b4 -1.05)
59...h5 -0.21 (59...Bd3 -0.88)
68...Bd5 -2.17 (68...Bb1 -6.80)
71...e5 -0.32 (71...Ne7 -1.14)

Feb-27-08  wolfmaster: "M'Donnell, as usual, in these close games plays the opening moves weakly." Morphy didn't like McDonnell much...
Sep-18-08  Cactus: Especcially since 2.f4 isn't really weak at all.
Aug-08-09  just a kid: It's weird how Morphy stopped annotating after move 2...
Feb-01-12  Knight13: <2. f4: M'Donnell, as usual, in these close games plays the opening moves weakly. With characteristic obstinacy he persists throughout in advancing this pawn rather than the Queen's.> Yeah, but La Bourdonnais goes on to play a lesser move with ...e6 when ...d5 is the best move and waits until the fourth move to play it, by then which is a bit late.
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  offramp: The people who paid Morphy that $50,000 for one years chess column must've been weeping into their Pabst.
Nov-19-14  Ke2: i think mcdonnell and steinitz would get along
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  offramp: Sometimes I imagine Morphy walking out of the door of the New York Ledger office, then sticking his head back in and saying, in a Johnny Rotten-like voice, "Ever had the feeling you've been cheated?"

But in fact MOST of Morphy's notes to these Lab-McD games are very good. He didn't annotate them all - meaning that he <chose> to annotate this one; something in this game interested him.

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  dernier loup de T: First critical situation in this endgame: 60: Kf4??; this move is normally losing, because instead of wasting time , he should have taken contact immediately with the dangerous d2 pawn by 60.Ke2 (if 60...hxg4, 61. Bb3 and White will not lose the game; maybe it's the possibility La Bourdonnais overlooked); now, lets see the black 68th move: here, La Bourdonnais had to keep control of the d3 case in order to win the endgame by saving the d2 pawn; for example, by 68..Bb1 and Black must win by force...
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  dernier loup de T: Revenons sur l'erreur décisive de La Bourdonnais à son 68ème coup, qui laisse échapper le gain; il aurait fallu garder le contrôle à la fois des cases f3 et d3, or son retrait du fou abandonne celui de cette dernière case. Comme l'indique ChessMess sur sa chaîne, au lieu de 68...Fd5??, il pouvait poursuivre par exemple par 68...Rg4! 69.Rf2+ Rh4 70.Rf1 Ff5 71.Fg1 Fg4 (menaçant le fou blanc sur d1) 72. Ff2+ Rg5 73. Fb3 (se soustrayant à la menace du fou noir tout n attaquant le C. noir sur c4, mais 73...d1D+ 74. Fxd1 Fxd1 avec gain.

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