Canadian Chess Newsletter - Profile - International - Issue #3

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Alexander McDonnell

Written by David Cohen

Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) was the best chess player in England at the time of his six matches with Louis de la Bourdonnais, the best chess player in France. McDonnell lost the overall series of 85 games (+27 -45 =13).

Louis de la Bourdonnais - Alexander McDonnell
4th Match, London, England, 1834, Round 4 (Game 50)

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 e5 4. d5 f5 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bxc4 Bc5 7. Nf3 Qe7 8. Bg5 Bxf2+ 9. Kf1 Bb6 10. Qe2 f4 11. Rd1 Bg4 12. d6 cxd6 13. Nd5

Diagram 1

13... Nxd5 14. Bxe7 Ne3+ 15. Ke1 Kxe7 16. Qd3 Rd8 17. Rd2 Nc6 18. b3 Ba5 19. a3 Rac8 20. Rg1 b5 21. Bxb5 Bxf3 22. gxf3 Nd4 23. Bc4 Nxf3+ 24. Kf2 Nxd2 25. Rxg7+ Kf6 26. Rf7+ Kg6 27. Rb7 Ndxc4 28. bxc4 Rxc4 29. Qb1 Bb6 30. Kf3 Rc3 31. Qa2 Nc4+ 32. Kg4 Rg8 33. Rxb6 axb6 34. Kh4 Kf6 35. Qe2 Rg6 36. Qh5 Ne3 0-1


Acknowledgements

Source: The Oxford Companion to Chess by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, Oxford University Press, 1984.