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Gioachino Greco vs NN
Miscellaneous game (1620), ?, rd 47
King's Gambit: Accepted. Salvio Gambit Santa Maria Defense (C37)  ·  1-0



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Jun-02-04  filipecea: hehehe Maybe these old games will keep entertaining us forever!!
Feb-17-05  InspiredByMorphy: The 6. ...Nf6 line has been played successfully. Black played 7. ...Ke7 instead of 7. ...Kd8 as in the game above. NN vs W Lewis, 1825 It would have been interesting to see how Greco handled 7. ...Ke7
Mar-14-06  Dodd: On move six, what is wrong with p to g3 instead of moving the king? And on move nine, what wouldn't it have been better for black to move n to g5 rather than g3 check? Obviously black overlooked the fact that his pretty fork could be easily countered with the capture of his knight.

An absolutely beautiful demonstration of how raids on pieces on the back rank can go horribly wrong! I love the fact that black was so greedy he forgot to keep his king safe. There is a moral for life in there somewhere...

Oct-21-10  meppi: 9. Ng5 =
10. Nc6+ Nxc6
11. Qe8#

same as in the game just a few moves faster

on move 6 g3 =
7. fxg3 hxg3
8. Qxh1+

and white has lost a castle

Feb-26-12  sneaky pete: Or 6.g3 fxg3 7.Qxg4 g2+ 8.Qxh4 gxh1=Q+ 9.Kf2 Bc5+

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and black should win (Collijn).

May-22-17  Yigor: 9. Qe2?? is a terrible blunder of Greco; the correct move is 9. Qe1. However, NN missed an easy win with an even more terrible 12...Qxc1?? missing the mate in 2 moves. The correct move is 12...Be7!
Sep-23-18  Yigor: This Santa Maria 6...Nf6 defense is extremely rare but sharp and sound variation! Usually black plays 6...Nh6 (Silberschmidt defense) but Santa Maria is better for black. The best choice is, actually, an other rare Viennese variation 6...Nc6. There is also great and sound Cochrane gambit 6...f3! ;)
Sep-23-18  Yigor: The next Santa Maria game: NN-Lewis (1825), gid=1075458.
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  sea7kenp: The Game is Annotated by Stockfish 9, which *highly* criticized some of Greco's Moves, especially 9 Qe2. I would have loved to have seen NN turn around and Checkmate Greco! (The question is: Would Greco have Published that Game?)

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