Sunday, 7 September 2008
FAMOUS GAMES BY FAMOUS PLAYERS PART 2
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.