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Philidor's Legacy
Compiled by sneaky pete
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In 1497 Luis Ramirez de Lucena published this problem


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white mates in 5 moves.

Some 3 centuries later the same tactical motif appeared in one of Phildor's books. It became known as Philidor's Legacy, but that should really be Lucena's Legacy.

A Greek gift
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Lucena de luxe
NN vs Greco, 1625 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 0-1

Confess, this is a fake!
J J Rousseau vs D Hume, 1765 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

J McConnell vs Morphy, 1849 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1855 
(D94) Grunfeld, 21 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs T J Bryan, 1859 
(000) Chess variants, 23 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

And now for something completely different ...
Bird vs NN, 1869 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

H Gifford vs T C ter Haar, 1873 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

With the help of a boo!! move
Napoleao dos Santos vs J Caldas Vianna, 1880 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs Thomson, 1885  
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Bird / Dobell vs NN, 1886 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

F Young vs L Dore, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Kolb, 1894 
(000) Chess variants, 29 moves, 1-0

Well, sort of
J M Hanham vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 0-1

Burn vs Owen, 1898 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Schaaf vs Hartlaub, 1907 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

O Bernstein vs Metger, 1907 
(A22) English, 22 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Menzel, 1923 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Samsonov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1929 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

20... Qxc6 21.c5+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ .. etc
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 20 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs J Salazar, 1940 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Saemisch vs O Menzinger, 1953 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 1-0

C Bloodgood vs B Evans, 1961 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968 
(A12) English with b3, 20 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs Nunn, 1979 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

26... Rxc8 27.Qxd5+ .. etc
Ribli vs Chandler, 1982 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Short, 1990 
(A93) Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Wahls, 1992 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Kotronias, 1993 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

H Namyslo vs R Lau, 1996 
(C00) French Defense, 15 moves, 1-0

Philidor de luxe
Smirin vs F Ribeiro, 1997 
(C10) French, 16 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2000 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 27 moves, 1-0

K Bischoff vs K Mueller, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

S Duron Godoy vs V Garcia Castro, 2004 
(B50) Sicilian, 20 moves, 0-1

V Da Vilhete vs R Arias Formoso, 2006 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 31 moves, 0-1

NN vs T McCracken, 2007 
(B50) Sicilian, 20 moves, 0-1

V Disawal vs M Anshuman, 2008 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 21 moves, 1-0

H Reefschlaeger vs C Astengo, 2008 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

B Yildiz vs L Batory, 2010 
(C45) Scotch Game, 24 moves, 1-0

M Aulia vs K Lyons, 2012 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 34 moves, 1-0

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