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Gioachino Greco vs NN
"Art Greco" (game of the day Oct-24-2014)
Miscellaneous Game (1620), ?, rd 54
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bonsch-Osmolovsky Variation (C34)  ·  1-0


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Feb-03-05  InspiredByMorphy: NN overextends the pawns on the kingside. Greco plays a great move 11.g3 keeping his attack going.
Oct-03-07  wolfmaster: The queen and knight normally coordinate well, as evidenced here.
Jan-28-08  wolfmaster: The pawn on g2 was worth nothing in the end!
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  eternaloptimist: Wow! What a strange & interesting game! So much for quickly developing the pieces. Also, Greco's opponent didn't get to move any of his pieces or pawns on his queenside!
Oct-24-14  TheaN: Greco went for the easy and forced option on move 19, of course this move order allows white to grab the queen and get g2 off.

Instead, 19.♕h7+ immediately forces 19....♔d6 20.♘f7+ , because if 19....♔f6 20.♕f7+ ♔e5 21.♗f4+ ♔d4 22.♕d5#. The only drawback is that from h7 the Queen doesn't cover g2, but black has no promotion combinations.

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  kevin86: the QS pawns and pieces were just a decoration. Or maybe they were pacificists. lol
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  Once: One of the early chess variants which didn't catch on. This is half chess, where you don't move any of your queenside pieces or pawns.

Had game continued we might have had the rare situation where nearly all the kingside pieces had been exchanged but the queensides hadn't moved at all.

Thankfully, we soon discovered stereo and left mono to the pages of the history books.

Oct-24-14  WJW147: Why not 8...e6?
Oct-24-14  Castleinthesky: Greco might have beaten NN, but NN is still alive and playing.
Oct-24-14  newhampshireboy: I am very glad that chess evolved a long way from this nonsense!
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  FSR: Too bad NN didn't play 24...Ke7 25.Nxd8+ Kxd8 26.Qf8#.
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  thegoodanarchist: Why not call this line "king's gambit accepted, Greco variation"?
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  sycophante: If I may,

This game has not much to offer in terms of chess theory in regards of the experience acquired from centuries of analysis evolution. It seems many would agree here. Nevertheless, games like this one can remind us of the importance of the surenchère, as one of the most visible manifestation of the will of fight. "-The best response to a threat is a bigger threat" we hear. I can easily recall tactical shots I missed just by forgetting about this. Players from earlier centuries could not have forgotten. They could not have overlooked what was in the core of the game.

This could be a plus-value, on top of a near-perfect mastery of strategy and tactics, needed to produce a very great player. It takes a lot of guts to execute any of the famous "immortals", or just one of Tal's sacrifice, for example.

The best continuation line is not the superior desire to vanquish. The former proceeds from technique and quantity (therefore winning a position); the latter from moral disposition (therefore winning a game).

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