Sunday, February 6, 2011

The La Bourdo.....What?

Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795–1840)
The La Bourdonnais-McDonnell Attack ..... what the heck is that? Well, it's a name that Michael Goeller has given to the 1.e4 e6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 opening line suggested by Igor Glek in SOS (Secrets of Opening Surprises) #8 by Jeroen Bosch. He feels that Alexander McDonnell most deserves credit for the innovation in this game played in 1834, but Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais has already been credited for this game in 1837 by others. And of course, Louis certainly has the coolest name. If you are a French Defense aficionado you have to know it and how to spell it if only for how it rolls off the tongue. If you haven't read Michael Goeller at the Kenilworthian, you are very much missing a good time. Check out this recent article on his game and an earlier article on the opening. If you find this sort of skullduggery interesting and have also tried the random games, try looking for the "find similar games" link on the 1834 game and you'll see this interesting material.

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