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Scovara vs Paolo Boi
Casual (1575), Spain
Italian Game: Classical. Closed Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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Nov-29-06  Rubenus: <InspiredByMorphy> It is possible that black made a blunder or something like that.
Sep-19-07  wolfmaster: 4. Nxe5, a variation of the center fork trick, is better.
Sep-19-07  Shams: <wolfmaster> agreed, play might continue 4...Bxf2+ 5.Kxf2 Nxe5 6.Be2 Qf6+ 7.Bf3 when after...Nxf3 8.gxf3 Qh4+ black will run out of checks and white has the better pawn center
Sep-19-07  nummerzwei: Of course not: 4...Nxe5 5.d4 NxBc4, and white loses a piece!
Sep-19-07  Shams: ahem...well, there is that too.
look, a shiny toy over there!
Jan-26-08  wolfmaster: Scovara played well against the former champion of Italy.
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  whiteshark: Which is the historical document (chessbook) for this game ? The following note gives a different notation (9...Qe6/11.onwards) and different circumstances:

" The following game [1) e2-e4 e7-e5 2) Bf1-c4 Bf8-c5 3) Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 4) c2-c3 Qd8-e7 5) d2-d4 e5xd4 6) c3xd4 Qe7xe4 7) Bc1-e3 Bc5-b4 8) Nb1-c3 d7-d5 9) Bc4-d3 Qe4-e6 10) h2-h3 Ng8-f6 11) Ke1-g1 Rh8-f8 12) g2-g3 Ke8-g8 Rh1-h2 followed by Rh2-g2], attributed to <Paul Boi> with the Blacks, it is instead, as from careful reading of the Das Schachspiel (Berlin 1974 - page 147), to consider as a position of departure with which Paolo Boi and Scovara pleased him to play both with the Whites that with the Blacks."


Dec-24-08  Karpova: <whiteshark>
You could ask User: SBC - see
Mar-16-09  dwavechess: 6/13 concur with Rybka 3 at 3 min. per move with rybka.abk book for Paolo Boi
Sep-02-10  Lil Swine: i dont get why black resigns
Sep-02-10  wordfunph: <Lil Swine: i dont get why black resigns>

game is equal, maybe scoresheet is incomplete..i don't know.

May-22-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: maybe castling was not introduced that time
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  Penguincw: Why can't they castle? Had it not been popular back then? It was invented because this game has castling: Lucena vs Quintana, 1515 (10...0-0-0 and 11.0-0).

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Dec-22-13  Sergash: Another truncated game? Black has the advantage, but nothing decisive yet.

It could have continued something like this :

14...h5! 15.g5! Bxh3 16.gxf6 (only move) Qxf6 17.Kg1 Bxg2 18.Kxg2

Dec-22-13  Sergash: 13.Rh2?

All these neverending maneuvres... Is Scovara showing too much respect for his opponent?

13.g5! Nh5 (or 13...Ne8 14.Nxd5 Qd8 15.Nf4 ) 14.Nxd5 Qd6! 15.Be4! Be6 16.Nxb4 Nxb4! 17.Ne5! (Threat : Qxh5) g6 18.Bxb7 Rd8 = /

Dec-22-13  Sergash: Seeing my post "the gave could have continued something like this", maybe it was more cautious for white to go:

14.Rh1 Nb4! 15.Bb1 h5! 16.Kg2 but at this stage, it is hard to tell if it is really an improvement over the game move.

Dec-22-13  Sergash: 12...Kg8?!

Another king move?

Three possibilities seem more promising :

A- 12...h6 13.Kg2 Be6! = / ;

B- 12...Be6 13.Kg2 Re8 (13...h6 = / would transpose into A- 12...h6);

C- 12...Bxc3 13.bxc3 h5 14.Kg2! b6 = /

Dec-22-13  Sergash: 11...Kf8?!

I devised this possible explanation for both players not castling :

Since the modern rules of chess appeared during the 16th Century (bicolored chessboard, increase in power for the queen and the bishop, the pawn can now move 2 squares for its first move - and the en passant capture, castling which was preceded by various experiments sometimes called the "King's Jump"), it is possible that the two players did not agree upon the rules for castling and thus decided that there would be no castling during this game?

Since A- 11...0-0 would be the move here.

Let's also mention B- 11...h6 followed with 0-0.

Or C- 11...Be6 and then 0-0

Dec-22-13  Sergash: 11.Kf1?!


Suggested improvements :

A- 11.0-0 =

B- 11.a3 Bxc3 (11...Bd6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Re1 Qd8 14.Bg5 =; 11...Ba5 12.0-0 0-0 13.b4 Bb6 14.Re1 Be6 15.Bc2 =) 12.bxc3 0-0 13.0-0 =

C- 11.Qc2 0-0 12.0-0 =

Dec-23-13  Sergash: 6.cxd4

Nowadays, White often plays this position like a gambit :

6.0-0! and now

A- Counterattack - 6...Ne5 7.cxd4 (or 7.Nxe5 Qxe5 8.cxd4 Bxd4! 9.Qb3 (Kouzmine Karawaeff vs Matweeff, L'Echiquier, Paris 1938, draw) Qf6N 10.Nc3 ) Nxf3+!N (or 7...Nxc4 8.dxc5! Qxc5 (only move) 9.b3 Ne5 (only move) 10. Bb2 (10.Ba3!?) d6 (Vaseptsoff (2193) vs Zaurenbek (1954), Satka Governor Cup (Russia) 2010, won by White) 11.Nxe5 (11.Na3!?) dxe5 12.Na3! with the idea of playing Rc1) 8.gxf3 Bb6 9.Nc3 /

B- Give back the pawn in a strategical manner - <6...d3 7.e5> (7.b4 Bb6 8.e5! with a probable transposition into 7.e5 if Black plays 8...d5 or 8...d6; 7.a4!?N with the threat of b4 and then a5 winning the black bishop) <d5!?N> (7...d6 8.Bg5 f6 (or 8...Qd7 (Barcsi (2073) vs Szurovszky (2155), Championnat de Hongrie T2 2010, gagnée par les blancs) 9.b4! Bb6 10.exd6! cxd6 11.Re1+ Nge7 12.b5! Ne5 (only move) 13.Bxf7+! Kxf7 14.Rxe5! and now not 14...dxe5?? 15.Nxe5+ winning the black queen!) 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nbd2 Bg4! 11.b4 Bb6 12.a4 a5 13.h3 Bxf3 (Chekhover vs Panoff, 10th USSR Championship in Tbilisi 1937, won by White) 14.Nxf3! 0-0-0 ) <8.exd6ep cxd6 9.Re1 Ne5 10.b4! Bb6 (only move) 11.Nxe5! dxe5 12.Bf4! Bxf2+! 13.Kxf2 Qh4+ 14.Kg1! Qxf4 15.Qxd3 >

C- Materialism - 6...dxc3?! 7.Nxc3 d6! 8.Nd5! Qd7! 9.b4!! Nxb4! 10.Nxb4 Bxb4 (Becker vs Gereben, Vienna 1935, won by Black) 11.Ng5!N Nh6 12.Bb2! and non 12...0-0?? is not possible because it would be mate in 4 moves for White, like this : 3.Qd4! Bc3 14.Bxc3 Nf5 15.exf5 and mate on the next move with Qg7.

Oct-03-14  Christoforus Polacco: <Sergash>
Sometimes move 11.Kf1 can be original :)
99% games is lost cause of the castling :) In King's Gambit after check by the black Queen on''h4'' king is going to ''f1'' and is no problem for white. In dangerous situation king escape much more easier to second corner of the chessboard when is closer to the center. But only soemtimes :) - because attack the opposite's king by the pawns and rook behind them can be not effective like the both rooks in the center -''e1'' and ''d1'' or ''e1' and ''f1''(e8 and d8 ...)
Apr-30-15  A.T PhoneHome: Oh Boi, sighed Scovara!
Apr-06-17  Yigor: 5...Bb6 is the correct move (Center Holding variation). 6. O-O! was played by Staunton in 1843. This gambit leads to the white's considerable positional advantage as Sergash pointed out above.
Nov-14-17  sneaky pete: The Oxford Encyclopedia (based on Murray's Collection of European Games) has a different score, partly (but not quite) the same as what <whiteshark> presented here some years ago. The black Queen retreated to e7, but we see some quite remarkable and original moves after 10... Nf6

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11.Kg1!? Rf8 12.g4 Kg8!? 14.Rh2 Bd6 14.Rg2 ..

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The rest of the game is not known, but white eventually won. That's not surprising, you can't go wrong with a fianchettoed Rook.

Oct-16-19  Chesgambit: resign game at losing position
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