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NN vs Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani
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King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: Strange play by both sides. Why not 7.Bxf7+! ?
Sep-28-17  sneaky pete: <FSR> Probably the game score is wrong, but it can't be helped. My guess is that white applied the Italian way of free castling by moving the Rook to f1 and the King to h1 and Ponziani played d7-d5. O-O .. and Kh1 .. for white and d7-d6-d5 for black is just a trick to make it possible for us to see the game here.

If I'm right, after 6.O-O d5 we have this position

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and 7.Bxf7+ .. is impossible. But after 7.Bxd5 Bh3 instead of the sheepish 8.Bxb7 .. he should have played 8.Bxf7+ .. (or 9.Bxf7+ .. in the version we have here) with a messy position.

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  sea7kenp: I'm surprised I didn't find this in an "Underpromotions" Collection.
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  louispaulsen88888888: I think old school castling was no longer around by 1769. In any case, white does play the bishop check in a game from 1790. Ercole del Rio vs. somebody. Look it up.
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  louispaulsen88888888: D Ercole Del Rio vs Portocarrero, 1790

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