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Giambattista Lolli vs Domenico Ercole Del Rio
"Lolli Lolli Lolli Get Your Checkmates Here" (game of the day Feb-08-2013)
Modena (1755), ?
Four Knights Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  0-1

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Oct-04-10  shakespeare: No question - the most obvious move was Nd2 - but you could almost smell the mate - time to calculate a few alternative variations
Oct-04-10  brainzugzwang: I have to admit, if I wasn't looking at this with the knowledge that it was a Monday puzzle, I most likely would have played 18...Nd2+ and been done with it, with a Q and extra piece for a R. I did find Qg1+ because, being Monday, I suspected something more immediate -- and spectacular -- must be there, so I kept searching.

That said, 18...Nd2+ 19.Qxd2 Qxd2 leads to a pretty quick mate itself, along with that huge material advantage. Black threatens an immediate Qe1#, and blocking the bishop's diagonal with 20. g3 fails to ...Bh3+ 21.Kf2 Rf8+ followed by mate.

But if White N gets off the first rank (to allow the QR to protect it), I think the idea of ...Bh3/Rf8 still works. If after 20. Nc3 Bh3 21. gxh3, then ...Rf8+ 22. Kg2 Rf2+ 23.Kg1 Qe3 and Black mates in a couple moves. If the N goes the other direction with 20. Nf2, it's still ...Bh3 followed by Rf8, with or without the check; Mate is coming on either f2 or g2.

Of course, it's easy to figure combinations with a material edge like this ...

Oct-04-10  turbo231: I fell for Nd2+. A very good puzzle. I love smothered mates, too bad I didn't see it. Time to break out the checkers and dominos.
Oct-04-10  turbo231: Why didn't White castle earlier on?
Oct-04-10  nigelsnoru: I think my last 4 or 5 comments have been something along the lines of "Monday puzzle + one star = Queen sacrifice." A.K.A. "Yawn."
Oct-06-10
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  gawain: A smothered mate but with a little twist in that the winning queen sac achieves two results: 1) block the K's escape square and 2) remove the piece defending the h2 square from which the knight will be delivering the mate.

This wasn't hard but it is a fine puzzle!

Aug-14-11  naruto00122: white should have played 9.d4
Sep-10-12  Abdel Irada: The trap Del Rio sets with 6. ...♔h8 is powerfully reminiscent of some of the variations in the Traxler in which Black gives up the exchange in order to obtain similar tactics against f2.

<turbo231>: Actually, White's decisive mistake may well have been 5. ♘g5, although he could perhaps have survived with only a slight disadvantage had he admitted the futility of this sortie by castling. Once he carried out his threat and took on f7, he had no more opportunity to castle save by surrendering two pieces for rook and pawn — although, as the event proves, this would still have been a wiser choice. Of course, after 8. ...♕f8; 9. ♗c4, ♗xf2, castling was no longer possible.

Feb-08-13
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  Phony Benoni: Be forewarned. You will either positively love this, or absolutely hate it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDwX...

LOL.

Feb-08-13
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  andrewjsacks: <Phony> I love it! Thanks for posting the link.
Feb-08-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Great pun.
Feb-08-13  waustad: Thanks fo the link to explain the pun. Those of us wihout kids, who are too old to have seen it as kids, were clueless.
Feb-08-13  weisyschwarz: <waustad: Thanks fo the link to explain the pun. Those of us wihout kids, who are too old to have seen it as kids, were clueless.>

I agree. How about "Lolly Gag" or "Lolly Pop"? Why do I need to go to Wikipedia or You Tube to get the context after the text?

OTOH it is a great game. I enjoyed the miniature.

Feb-08-13  rog777: I normally loved Schoolhouse Rock. But, I had forgotten how annoying this one was. "Conjunction Junction" and "I'm just a Bill" were great ones!
Feb-08-13  Abdel Irada: <You will either positively love this, or absolutely hate it>

And if you positively love it, will you negatively hate it?

Feb-08-13
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  FSR: One can imagine Del Rio's thought processes:

Lolli plays 5.Ng5. <What does that achieve? Would have actually had a point if he'd played it on move 4.> [As I recall, 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5?! 6.d4! is known as the Lolli Variation.]

Del Rio castles. <You want to give up bishop and knight for rook and pawn? Go ahead, make my day.>

Lolli plays 6. a3. <Damn. I was really hoping he'd take on f7. Now what? Hmm, maybe if I make it more attractive. How about if I play 6...Kh8 - surely he can't resist it then?>

Lolli plays 7.Nxf7+ Rxf7 8.Bxf7. <Ha, he fell for it. Sucker! Here we go!>

Feb-08-13
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  morfishine: Lolli Gagged

Very impressive win, especially for a game played 258 years ago

Feb-08-13  andr: <morfishine:
Very impressive win, especially for a game played 258 years ago>

I also think people who lived 258 years ago knew nothing about chess beauty. And only in 1756 they got this understanding.

Feb-08-13  Castleinthesky: <Phony Benoni>, the video brings back Sunday mornings in my childhood, when newspapers had an ample comics section, thanks!
Feb-08-13
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  kevin86: I like it when a queen to sacrifice to mate with a knight. Ok,it's not a smothered mate,but will have to do for the time being.
Feb-08-13
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  playground player: Why didn't Lolli use the Lolli Attack?
Feb-08-13
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  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> That was funny! I loved the background piano...the whole song reminded me of those old kid songs on Saturday morning: Conjunction Junction, etc.
Feb-08-13  Billy Vaughan: This was one of my favorite Schoolhouse Rock songs! It, Conjunction Junction, I'm Just a Bill, and Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla..
Feb-08-13  RookFile: No high fallutin' positional nonsense from these guys - they go straight for the throat.
Feb-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Re 6.a3 Kg8-h8, see the post on page 1:

<Brassica oleracea: According to the article "Italian Chess 1560-1880" by Alessandro Nizzola, pdf-download on http://www.chesscafe.com/archives/s...,

the game was played in Modena before 1750 under the rule of free castling.

So Black's fifth move actually was Ke8-h8 and Rh8-f8, the move 6. a2-a3 Kg8-h8 has never happened, and the game only lasted 18 moves.>

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