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Fermo Zannoni vs Filippo Cantoni
"Fermo's Last Theorem" (game of the day Oct-09-2010)
ITA-ch (1886), Rome ITA, rd 11, Mar-29
Colle System (D05)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: A Fermo nuclear reaction.

Looks like the finish is 33.Rxg2 Qh1+ 34.Ke2 Rxg2+ 35.Ke3 Nf5+, with 36.Kd3 Rxd2+ or 36.Kf4 Qh2# to follow.

As for the rest of the game, well, 12.c5 is the proverbial releasing of the tension, allowing Black to aim for the kingside without worry of distraction. And in light of Black's build-up, 16.Ne1 and 17.f3 were both wastes of time and foolishly weakening.

After the sacrifice Black's attack develops slowly. However, with White having two pieces stationed and stationary on the queenside, and preferring to grab pawns rather than activate the reserves, the story has a happy ending.

Apparently, Colle's great contribution to the theory of this opening was the discovery that White's LSB could safely go to d3 in one move instead of two.

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  Once: <Phony Benoni: A Fermo nuclear reaction>

Well said! Funnier than the pOTD (pun of the day)

Oct-09-10  rilkefan: What happens after It looks to me like 12...ed 13.Nd5 is ok because ...Bh2 14.Kh2 Qd5 loses to Bc4, so 12...Nc3 and white ends up with the e5 outpost.
Oct-09-10  GRANTZIERER: Eh, the pun was good
Oct-09-10  redmaninaustin: he got a case of hypofermia
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  Phony Benoni: <rilkefan> No doubt 12.cxd5 is stronger for White than 12.c5, but the resulting outpost on e5 is not worth too much as Black can trade it off at will. Here's one possible line: <12.cxd5 Nxc3 13.Bxc3 exd5 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.dxe5 d4 16.Bb2 Nxe5 17.Bxd4 Nxd3 18.Qxd3>

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And White may have a slight edge, but a draw seems likely with the rooks probably coming off and bishops of opposite colors.

Oct-09-10  Rook e2: You don't see 1.d4 very often in 19th century games
Oct-09-10  sfm: 22.Qe1 - AFAICS
Oct-09-10  David2009: Unusual game in which Black (Cantoni) is in effect playing the Colle system [colours reversed] 13 years before Colle was born (in 1897). White's 4 Be2 and 11 Bd3 effectively lose the necessary move to hand the initiative to Black.

Black's build-up with f5-f4 is exactly what one expects in the Colle system when played by White.

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  Willber G: <David2009: ... White's 4 Be2 and 11 Bd3 effectively lose the necessary move to hand the initiative to Black.>

You beat me to it - Be2 was an unnecessary loss of tempo.

Oct-09-10  maduchi: 4.Nc3! was more active than 4. Be2, +center domain.
Oct-09-10  WhiteRook48: wth is with this pun?
Oct-09-10  hedgeh0g:
Oct-09-10  5hrsolver: what about 22.Qe1. White may give up another pawn but still better than allowing black to attack.
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  kevin86: The rook will be adequately proected after Rxg2- but Qh1+ forces the king to block the rook's other defendr,the queen.

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