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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
Match 03 (1834), London, England, rd 39
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation (D20)  ·  1-0



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Mar-11-07  sneaky pete: Some websites and the ChessCafe quiz masters erroneously claim this game is the subject of Méry's poem "Une revanche de Waterloo". It is not.

What inspired Méry was

A weak white pawn easily overlooked
At his square in front of the king's knight;
With a double step, jumping forward from his corner,
He cries to the black king: you won't go far!

That's about 29.g4# in the 17th game of the (first) match La Bourdonnais vs MacDonnell, 1834.

Jun-20-07  sneaky pete: Cary Raskolnikov has finally confessed:
Oct-15-07  notyetagm: Position after 28 ♖g5-h5+!:

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A lovely example of <SQUARE CLEARANCE>. White would be able to play ♕e5-g5# if only his White g5-rook was not already on this square.

<<<Note that Black is doing -nothing(!)- to stop this threat; -only- the White g5-rook being in the way is preventing the <SNAP MATE>.>>>

So White simply moves his White g5-rook off of the g5-square with a <FORCING MOVE>, 28 ♖g5-h5+!, and Black is powerless to stop the mate next move with 29 ♕e5-g5#.

Result of vacating g5-square for White e5-queen:

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Dec-19-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

De La Bourdonnais 2 mistakes:
13.Ne5 0.14 (13.Rfe1 0.61)
27.Qe5 7.87 (27.Bxf4 #6)

McDonnell 9 mistakes:
12...f5 0.61 (12...a5 -0.14)
13...f4 1.01 (13...Re8 0.14)
14...g5 1.39 (14...Bf5 1.01)
18...Qxd5 1.86 (18...cxd5 1.36)
20...Bf5 2.39 (20...Qb5 1.78)
22...cxd5 3.70 (22...Kg6 2.29)
24...Be6 13.66 (24...Rd8 4.07)
25...Re8 #16 (25...Bf5 13.40)
27...Bg4 #2 (27...Rf5 7.87)

Feb-01-12  Knight13: Makes me wonder if Black's mucho-ducho opening of the Kingside was brave or stupid. Very likely the latter.

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