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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.

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

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

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

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 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 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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