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Giulio Cesare Polerio vs Lorenzo
Casual (1575), Sora
Italian Game: Classical. Closed Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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Dec-25-13  Sergash: Nice mate with a pawn and almost in the middle of the board!


Better are 18...Ke5 or 18...Ke6 to get the king out of this restrained position.

Now, White plays and mate in 5 moves.

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 23...Bb8?!

Gives up the control of b6.

23...Bc5 24.Bxd7! Bxd6 25.Bxe8 Bc7 26.Bxc6! (this bishop is lost anyway, as if 26.Bf7 Ke7 would end up about the same, but with less favourable circumstances) bxc6 27.Rfd1+ Ke7 with more pieces on the board, but still a White win almost garanteed.

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 23.Qd6
Mate in 14 moves!

Polerio misses 23.Bxd7! Kxd7 (if 23...Qxd7?! 24.Rfd1! winning the black queen and mating in 9 moves; the computer (Houdini) says that the longest resistance comes from 12...g5) 24.Rad1+! Ke7 25.e5 (threat : Qf6#) Qf8 26.Qh4+! and mate in 7 moves!

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 21...Kc7

After this move, White has a forced mate in 16 moves at most. Houdini prefers 21...h5 22.Bxd7+! Qxd7 23.Qxg6 but nothing can save Black here...

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 21.Nc4!

Threat : Nd6+ winning the black queen.


20...Kc7 21.Nc4! (less good is the evident 21.Bxd7 Rd8 22.Nc4! Rxd7 but White wins with almost any move now!) Ne5 22.Qg3! Qf6 23.Nxe5! Qxe6 24.Rfd1 etc.

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 20.Be6

20.Nc4! h5 21.Qe6! Qf6 22.Rad1! and this game will soon be over...


Did Polerio want to give a chance to his opponent? Did he promise that he would beat him without taking his queen? Maybe his opponent said something like "That's it, you take my queen and I am done because of it now!"

And Poleria could have said that he was done anyway and to prove it he would not take his queen?

Of course, the best move is here is 19.Bxe5 and then White mates in 13 moves or less. But the game move also wins easily.

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 17...Kc8??

The losing move!

The only move here is 17...Qxf6 18.Qxg4 Qxf7 19.Rad1! Kc7! 20.Qg3+! Kc8 21.b3! Nd7 = White has full compensation for the missing piece buth no one has an advantage, it seems.


Destroys any advantage White had!

17.Nf3+ (or 17.Nc4+ which transposes) Kc7 18.Nxe5! Bxd1 19.Bxf6 wins

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 16...Qxe5??

Capturing the white queen is the only playable move :

16...Bxd1 17.Raxd1! b5! 18.Ndc4+! Kc8! 19.Nd6+! Kc7 20.Nf3 and despite the material imbalance, the Houdini software considers the chances to be balanced.

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 16.Nxe5??

For White, the win goes through a queen sacrifice :

16.Nc4+! Nbd7! 17.Nfxe5! Bxd1 18.Raxd1 and White is winning.

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 15...Kd8??

As Jonathan Sarfati put it, the bishop sacrifice seems to be a kind of bluff.

15...Kxf7 16.Bh6! Re8

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 15.Bxf7??

Why put your game at risk when you have a winning advantage? As Honza Cervenka said above :

15.Nc4! 0-0 16.Ncxe5! Be6 17.Qc1!

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 13...g6??

A useless weakening!

A- 13...Nbd7 14.Nc4! Bxf3 (14...Be6 15.Nh4! exd4! 16.Re1 ) 15.gxf3! 0-0-0 (15...h6 16.Bh4 0-0-0 17.Ne3 ) 16.Ne3 (16.b4!? )

B- 13...0-0 14.h3 Bh5 15.Qb3! Qc7 16.Bxf6! gxf6

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 13.Qd1?

Why bring the queen back to d1 on the next move avfter it left that square?

13.Nc4!0-0 14.Nxd6! Qxd6 15.dxe5 Qc7 16.exf6 gxf6 17.Bh6! Nd7

Dec-25-13  Sergash: 11...Bg4?!

Despite the appearances, this move is not good.


Dec-26-13  Sergash: Houdini chess software : 10...h6! 11.Bh4 (11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.a5 (12.Nc4!? Nd7 ) Ba7 13.Qa4+ Nd7 ) 0-0
Dec-26-13  Sergash: 9...Nb8 is dubious.

At the Athens Acropolis Open of 2006, in the game Fragiadakis (2223) vs Kakadelis (2157), Black played 9...Bd7; the game ended as a draw.

Also, Houdini program favors 9...0-0 10.Bxc6 bxc6 = /

Dec-26-13  Sergash: 7.Bg5 is somewhat inferior and was probably played to induce 7...f6?!

More commendable are :

A- 7.a4 a6 8.Be2!?N = /

B- 7.d5 Nb8 8.a4 a6 9.Na3 = / Bednarczuk vs Chabrzyk, 1995 Polland Under 18 Championship, Group B, in Olkusz, won by White

C- 7.Ng5 Nd8! 8.a4 a6 9.d5 = /

D- Note that the most played move, here, is a defensive one : 7.h3

Dec-26-13  Sergash: 5.0-0

5.d4 as seen in the game Scovara vs Paolo Boļ, is possibly stronger.

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  offramp: Well done, <Sergash>!

One down, 783,524 to go!

Jan-09-15  Avun Jahei: The whole game does not make sense, does it?
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  tpstar: The only database game by Lorenzo with fine opening play but then things fall apart pretty quickly. Most likely he was a wealthy patron to Polerio where White wanted to win without outright humiliation. How else to explain 19. Bxh8 over 19. Bxe5.

Cute Knight Fork tactic near the end.

<Well done, <Sergash>!> Indeed.

Apr-07-17  Yigor: The opening is more or less well-played. The main line 4...Nf6 is better than the Closed Giuoco Piano 4...Qe7. Also 9. d5 is better than 9. Bd5.
Oct-08-18  Blue Morphine: Even though they are players from ancient time, compared to other players from their time, I must say it was a terrible play from both sides *sigh*
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  phenstyle: white was playing ultra strong almost until the super unsound bishop sac on f7 lol,
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  phenstyle: These guys spent too much time studying the opening and not tactics lmao
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