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De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnel, 1834


404 Seiten, Leinen mit Goldprägung, McFarland, 2005

46,95 €
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Louis Charles Mahé de la Bourdonnais and Alexander McDonnell played six chess matches in 1834. Biographies of the combatants illuminate their place in the game's history, and their historic venue is examined. The 85 games are analyzed using modern theory; there are numerous diagrams and previously published commentary. The merits of the openings, middle- and endgame maneuvers of the two are weighed. Nine appendices present selected games against other opponents; excerpt a contemporary account of the games' ambience; provide other interesting documents; present statistics; and provide a schematic of mistakes made by both contestants.

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 900 g
Hersteller McFarland
Breite 18,5 cm
Höhe 26 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2005
Autor Cary Utterberg
Sprache Englisch
ISBN-10 0786421142
Seiten 404
Einband Leinen mit Goldprägung

vii Game-by-Game Table of Contents

001 Preface

005 On the Spelling of the Two Opponents' Names

007 Introduction

037 A Note on the Games

043 Match One: de la Bourdonnais 16, McDonnell 5, Drawn 4 Games 1 to 25

115 Match Two: McDonnell 5, de la Bourdonnais 4, Drawn 0 Games 26 to 34

139 Match Three: de la Bourdonnais 6, McDonnell 5, Drawn 1 Games 35 to 46

181 Match Four: de la Bourdonnais 8, McDonnell 3, Drawn 7 Games 47 to 64

242 Match Five: de la Bourdonnais 7, McDonnell 4, Drawn 1 Games 65 to 76

281 Match Six: McDonnell 5, de la Bourdonnais 4, Drawn 0 Games 77 to 85

311 Conclusion: The Statistics

319 Appendix 1: Selected de la Bourdonnais Games

337 Appendix 2: Selected McDonnell Games

355 Appendix 3: Opening Theory, Then and Now

379 Appendix 4: Collected Games of Deschapelles

382 Appendix 5: Statistical Data

389 Appendix 6: Preface to Lewis's A Selection of Games at Chess

390 Appendix 7: Foreword to Bledow's Fünfzig auserlesene Schach-Partien

391 Appendix 8: Preface to Greenwood Walker's Games by the Late M'Donnell

394 Appendix 9: Excerpt from "The Café de la Régence"

399 Bibliography

401 Index

The American chess master Cary Utterberg has researched, compiled, collected and analysed a fascinating collection of match games on the extraordinary French chess player Louis Charles La Bourdonnais and the Irish Alexander McDonnell. Interesting to mention is that the organiser of the series of six matches was a pupil of Willem Lewis called William Greenwould Walker, a theoretician, historian and writer who carefully recorded each move of the 85 games. In the fourth match they created a once seen never forgotten position with three passed pawns on the seventh rank: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be7 8.Qe2 d5 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Bb3 O-O 11. O-O a5 12. exd5 cxd5 13. Rd1 d4 14. c4 Qb6 15. Bc2 Bb7 16. Nd2 Rae8 17. Ne4 Bd8 18. c5 Qc6 19. f3 Be7 20. Rac1 f5 21. Qc4+ Kh8 22. Ba4 Qh6 23. Bxe8 fxe4 24. c6 exf3 25. Rc2 Qe3+ 26. Kh1 Bc8 27. Bd7 f2 28. Rf1 d3 29. Rc3 Bxd7 30. cxd7 e4 31. Qc8 Bd8 32. Qc4 Qe1 33. Rc1 d2 34. Qc5 Rg8 35. Rd1 e3 36. Qc3 Qxd1 37. Rxd1 e2. Strange enough this great game is not mentioned in Tartakower's and Du Mont's work '500 master games of chess! Funny enough the names of both players are spelled in a variety of manners through chess literature, for example McDonnell used three forms of his name! A forthcoming book, 'Chess Facts and Fables' by Edward Winter (McFarland 2005), shall discuss this matter in more detail. Cary Utterberg has done a fantastic research on La Bourdonnais and McDonnell, not only he analysed all games in this book in a very readable way but also included many interesting theory files as the King’s Gambit accepted, Philidor gambit and McDonnell gambit; 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4? 5.Nc3 gxf3 6.Qxf3. There is also a very readable introduction in this book from around 37 pages where you find a lot of background information on both players. For example in 1826, a ship captain on leave William Davies Evans (1790-1872) who was a captain of a packet boat in the postal service, plying between Wales and Ireland showed Lewis (a prominent British chess writer) and McDonnell a gambit he had been studying. Included in this book are nine impressive appendixes; Selected de la Bourdannais games, Selected McDonnell games, Open theory, then and now, Collected games of Deschapelles, Statistical data, preface to Lewis' 'A selection of games at chess', Forword to Bledow’s 'Fünfzig auserlesene Schachpartien', Preface to Greenwood Walker’s games by the late Mr. M’Donnell Excerpt from the café de la Regence. There is an index of four pages and a superb bibliography. Conclusion: A must for every serious chess book collector!

With kind permission of the author John Elburg (www.chessbooks.nl)