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Bourdonnais-MacDonnell match

Match played in London in 1834 by Louis-Charles de La Bourdonnais and Alexander McDonnell.  At least 85 games were played, the largest number of games ever played successively in match conditions.  Neither knew a word of the other's language.   There was no time limit and McDonnell sometimes spent over an hour and a half on a move.  The match was really a series of six matches.  Labourdonnais won 45 games, drew 13 games, and lost 27 games.  The match lasted over four months.  McDonnell was considered the best player in England and Bourdonnais was the best player in France.  The match was played at the Westminster Chess Club.

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