de la Bourdonnais, L.C.M. – McDonnell, A. 1834

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
de la Bourdonnais, Louis    2629 (76) 51.5/85 
McDonnell, Alexander    2549 (77) 33.5/85 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: June 1834
End date: Oct. 1834
A combination of 6 matches, played one after the other. Fiske, Feenstra Kuiper, Sunnucks, Di Felice and Hillyer give +44-30=14 for de la Bourdonnais, but Golombek, Hooper and Whyld, Giffen, O'Fee, Sarah, Metzner, and Utterberg's definitive book (p.311) give +45-27=13. Utterberg (p.28) indicates that de la Bourdonnais gave McDonnell a 3-game head start in the 6th match, which would account for the 3 extra wins attributed to McDonnell by some of the sources. Hooper and Whyld give this as the most likely explanation of the discrepancy, but give the alternate possibility that the match was for the first to win 8 games but was cut off early, the last 3 games never being played. Murray discusses these and other variants of the scores given in early sources and favours the interpretation of Utterberg, who also explores the question further in his ChessCafé article. Other variants are given by Reichhelm (+47-25=13) and Diggle (+46-26=13), and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi gives +44-30=14 in one place and +44-28=13 in another. In all cases we have taken the scores as given by Utterberg.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 2
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 11
   Fiske, First American Chess Congress, page 38
   Golombek, Golombek's Encyclopedia, page 170
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 22
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 47, 197
   Murray, History of Chess, page 882
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 147
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 37
   Sunnucks, Encyclopaedia of Chess, page 304
   Utterberg, De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell
   Walker, Chess and Chess Players, page 364
   Walker, Chess Studies, page 1
   Walker, A Selection of Games at Chess, page 133
   [BLL], 4 Jan. 1835, page 2
   [BLL], 23 July 1843, page 2
   [CPC], vol. 1, 15 May 1841, page 38
   [CPC], vol. 3, 1842, page 410
   [CPC], vol. 4, Dec. 1843, page 369
   [CPC], vol. 5, Mar. 1844, page 78
   [CPC], vol. 5, May 1844, page 143
   [CPC], vol. 5, June 1844, page 184
   [CPC], vol. 3, Oct. 1873, page 352
   [CPM], vol. 2, Mar. 1864, page 72
   [CPM], vol. 2, Apr. 1864, page 115
   [CPM], vol. 2, June 1864, page 161
   [CPM], vol. 2, July 1864, page 203
   [CPM], vol. 2, Aug. 1864, page 232
   [CPM], vol. 2, Sep. 1864, page 281
   [Era], vol. 33, 8 Jan. 1871, page 2
   [ILN], vol. 9, 21 Nov. 1846, page 331
   [Pal], vol. 4, 15 June 1844, page 265
   [Pal], vol. 4, 15 Aug. 1844, page 350
   Alberti, Marco A.  [Louis Charles De Labourdonnais]
   Diggle, G.H.  [La Bourdonnais v. McDonnell]
   Giffen, Glen.  [Events Timeline]
   Kingston, Taylor.  [In the Beginning...]
   Kingston, Taylor and Russell, Hanon.  [Sweden's Peter Holmgren Wins the Ninth Annual ChessCafe Holiday Quiz], page 11
   Metzner, Paul.  [Philidor and the Café de la Régence Chess Masters]
   O'Fee, James.  [Alexander McDonnell 1798-1835]
   Sarah.  [Alexander McDonnell]
   Sarah.  [Bourdonnais]
   Sarah.  [La Bourdonnais] (broken)
   Sericano, C.  [I campionati del mondo fino al 1885]
   Sericano, C.  [I grandi matches fino al 1849]
   Utterberg, Cary.  [Errata and Punishment]

Match information updated: 25 Jun. 2019