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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
London Match (1834), rd 3
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit (C44)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-21-06  JIRKA KADLEC: 12.Bxe5?!(12.Qg3)13...Bd6?!(13...Rd8)14.h3!?(14.Bb3) 14...Kh8!?(14...c6;14...Bxh3 15.Nh4 Qg5 16.Ndf3!Qg4 17.Qe3=)16...f5(16...Be7)20...Rf6?!(20...Rf4!=) 22...Qd7 (22...g6) 23.Bd3(23.Qe4!)24...Raf8(24...Qe7)33...g5!? (33...Rbf6=)36.hxg4??(36.Be2 )36...hxg4 37...Rh6?!(37...Qh7+ 38.Kg1 Rg8 )43.Qc8?(43.Qd3)44...Rh1? (44...Rh2 45.Rxd4 Qxb1+ )50...Qg7?!(50...Qe6 )51.Be4?!(51.b6 ) 51...Kg8?! (51...Qg4+ ).
May-07-07  Dick Brain: I'm sure I would have fallen into the tempting 44..Rh1? in that same circumstance; and probably I would have played 36. hxg4? also were I White. There are a lot of tactical patterns to learn from even in drawn games played in those days of old.
Oct-26-08  just a kid: I probably would have played worse moves than they did.=)
Dec-27-10  Llawdogg: La Bourdonnais was in trouble in this game. Then he was able to pull out another draw in this third game of their big match. McDonnell was probably bitterly disappointed.
Dec-27-10  kjr63: White blockaded the e-pawn like a "hypermodernist."
Feb-01-12  Knight13: If 25. Bxb7 then ... Qb5. If 25. Qxa7 then what? White seems fine to me after Qxa7.
Jan-31-14  dernier thylacine: I am surprised Morphy choose not to annotate this game, one of the most fascinating of the first match, with the problem of the right decision to find at the 44th move of Black for example... For the game 24 I can understand even it's a pity, but for this one, mystery!!
Aug-29-14  dernier thylacine: In fact, Morphy annotated it, I do not know why it is not reproduced here.
Nov-27-14  Knight13: <If 25. Qxa7 then what? White seems fine to me after Qxa7.> 25. Qxa7 b6, threatening 26... Bc5, but more importantly it locks out White's Queen from the defense of the Kingside and that hanging rook on h4.
Sep-30-18
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  dernier loup de T: 44...Th1+ était vraiment trop tentant; je suppose que Mc Donnell adulte jouer ce coup assez vite...

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