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De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnel, 1834

404 pages, paperback, McFarland, 2. edition 2012, first edition 2005

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About the Book
The meeting of Louis Charles Mahe de la Bourdonnais and Alexander McDonnell at London’s Westminster Chess Club in 1834 was notable for a number of reasons. Hard-earned reputations were zealously protected, and masters of equal standing had seldom faced each other on even terms. The chess world was watching closely, but it was the actions of spectator William Greenwood Walker, who recorded each move of the 85 games, that has had the greatest impact.

This recording and publication of game scores from a series of matches between masters was a first in chess history: The event gave birth to modern chess theory. Once based upon composed exercises studied in isolation, theory now became concrete and measurable. Practice replaced contrivance, and tactics could be studied and honed in light of the avalanche of match records that followed.

McDonnell and de la Bourdonnais played six matches in 1834. This book offers biographies of the two and illuminates their times--and then 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 several statistics; and provide a schematic of mistakes made by both contestants. Bibliography, notes, indexes.

About the Author
Cary Utterberg lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota. He has held the National Master title with the U.S. Chess Federation since 1985.


"fine work...remarkable...marvelous"--The Washington Post

"wonderful book...highly recommend"--IM John Donaldson ( )

"four stars"--Chess Horizons

More Information
Weight 730 g
Manufacturer McFarland
Width 17,8 cm
Height 25,4 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2012
Author Cary Utterberg
Language English
Edition 2
ISBN-13 978-0786471744
Year of First Edition 2005
Pages 404
Binding paperback

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