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Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais vs Alexander McDonnell
La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 4th Casual Match (1834), London ENG, rd 14
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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Jul-22-05  Knight13: Great game! White silently sacrifices materials to creat dangerous passed pawns. And march to the top of the mountain!
Jul-23-05  sneaky pete: Black was on top of the mountain until he blundered on move 39.

38... Nc3 is a waste of time, he could safely have played 38... Nxd6 and 38... Bc6 is maybe even better.

After 38... Nc3 39.Rf1 Ne2+? is like falling of the cliff. He could have retracted his previous move with .. Ne4. White has no good plan and his pawns will fall one by one.

Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: great passed pawns!
One a pawn a time, the pawns were storming around...
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  wolfshield: <sneaky pete> On 38...Nxd6 39. Qxf6 Re1+ 40. Rf1 Rxf1+ 41. Kxf1 Ne8 42. Qg5 and the passed pawn duo gets rolling. The point of 38...Nc3 is that 39. Qxf6 then loses to 39...Re1+ 40. Rf1 Ne2+! 41. Kh1 Rxf1#
Mar-16-10  sneaky pete: <wolfshield> After 38... Nxd6 39.Qxf5 Re1+ (or ... Rge7 first) 40.Rf1 Rge7

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white cannot play 41.Qxd6 Rxf1+ 42.Kxf1 Bb5+ and after most other moves .. Nxf5 will follow.

Feb-01-12  Knight13: <38... Nc3 is a waste of time, he could safely have played 38... Nxd6 and 38... Bc6 is maybe even better.> I agree. If Black's 39-40th moves were designed to destroy White's protected passed pawn, he would have been more than happy to have played 38... Nxd6.
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  Sally Simpson: I noted up this game when doing a boast about owning a copy of the 'Encyclopaedia of Chess Games 1485 - 1866'

Same article mentions a rip off Chess Book.

Book printed in 1972, Has a picture of Fischer on the cover, a picture of Spassky on the back. 261 games. no notes and no Fischer v Spassky games!

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