Sunday, 7 September 2008


Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais(1795 - 1840) possibly the strongest player in the early 19th century.
De La Bourdonnais can lay claim to be the unofficial world champion (there was no official title at the time) from 1821, when he was able to beat his chess teacher the equally if not greater Alexandre Deschapelles.
In 1834 he played a match against Alexander McDonnell this match was considered by some to be a World championship match.This match was 85 games played over 6 matches in London.Final score La Bourdonnais won 45 Mcdonnell won 27 with 13 games drawn.
The final match was abandoned.La Bourdonnais had to return to France to deal with his creditors.
Mcdonnell died a year later and La Bourdonnais died penniless in 1840.
The following game is from these matches and has a strange final position.


Anonymous said...

WOW! That final position is crazy! Very cool though! I am going to have to study it a bit more to see if there was anything white could have to done to prevent it!

That is what I love about chess. It is always different and has so many different ways it can turn.

Thanks for sharing that game!

CHESSX said...

Thanks tommyg i like this kind of chess,it may not be positioally exact but it is great to play over.

RT Solo said...

How he can be such a great player with such a tiny cranium is beyond me. Weird lookin' dude.