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Polo vs Pasqualini
Ferrara (1923), Ferrara ITA
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: If you're not careful in the Philidor you can get smashed off the board in 10 moves or so. See also, e.g., Fischer vs Fine, 1963, F Rhine vs NN, 2021, and K Milotzki vs A Sandrin, 1976. For a longer list, see
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  fredthebear: This game is a famous example of the Gueridon Mate. The Gueridon Mate is also called the Swallow Tale Mate, and Pedestal Mate. It should have been in our database long ago. Good work, FSR!

White Mates in Four (not entirely forced):

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Philidor Defense Miniatures:

Polo - Pasqualini, Ferrera 1923
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nd7 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ne6 Qe8 8.Nxc7 Qf8 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ Kf6 11.Bg5+ Kg7 12.Ne6+ 1-0

Castaldi - Tartakower, Stockholm 1937 [] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Be2 Be7 6.0-0 h6 7.b3 c6 8.Bb2 Qc7 9.Qd2 g5 10.Rfd1 Nf8 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Be6 13.Nb5 Qb8 14.Qa5 Bd8 15.Rxd8+ Qxd8 16.Nc7+ 1-0

Hahlbohm - Moorman, Chicago 1917
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 h6 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Kf6 8.Qd5 Ne7 9.Qf7+ Kxe5 10.Bf4+ Kd4 11.Qe6 Nc5 12.Be3# 1-0

Koltanowski - Denhaene, Antwerp 1931
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 Be7 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qd5 Ndf6 7.Qxf7+ Kd7 8.Nxe5+ 1-0

Atwood - Wilson, London 1798
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Nh6 7.Nc3 c6 8.Ngxe4 dxe4 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qe5 Rg8 11.Bxh6 Bxh6 12.Rd1 Qe7 13.Bc4 b5 14.Bb3 a5 15.Nxe4 a4 16.Nf6+ Kf8 17.Nxg8 Kxg8 18.Rd8+ Qxd8 19.e7+ Qd5 20.e8Q+ Bf8 21.Qh8+ Kxh8 22.Qxf8+ 1-0

Morphy - Duke & Count, Paris 1858
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Qb3 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Bg5 b5 10.Nxb5 cxb5 11.Bxb5+ Nbd7 12.0-0-0 Rd8 13.Rxd7 Rxd7 14.Rd1 Qe6 15.Bxd7+ Nxd7 16.Qb8+ Nxb8 17.Rd8# 1-0

Zwiebel - NN, Bucharest 1931
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 Qf6 7.Qb3 b6 8.Bg5 Qxg5 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Qd5+ Bd6 11.Nc3 Qxg2 12.Qxa8 Qxh1+ 13.Ke2 Qxh2 14.Qxb8+ Ke7 15.Qe8+ Kf6 16.Qe6+ Kg5 17.Rg1+ Qxg1 18.Qf5+ Kh4 19.Qh5# 1-0

Keres - NN, Estonia 1937
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Be7 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Kg8 9.Qc4+ d5 10.Nxd5 Ne5 11.Nxf6+ Kf8 12.Ngxh7+ 1-0

Blake - Hooke, London 1923
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 exd4 6.Qxd4 Bd7 7.Ng5 Nc6 8.Bf7+ Ke7 9.Qxf6+ Kxf6 10.Nd5+ Ke5 11.Nf3+ Kxe4 12.Nc3# 1-0

Schulder - Boden, England 1865
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 f5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d4 fxe4 6.dxe5 exf3 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.gxf3 Nc6 9.f4 Bd7 10.Be3 0-0-0 11.Nd2 Re8 12.Qf3 Bf5 13.0-0-0 d5 14.Bxd5 Qxc3+ 15.bxc3 Ba3# 0-1

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  FSR: Let's not forget the immortal Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014.
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  FSR: V Castaldi vs Tartakower, 1937, H H Hahlbohm vs W Moorman, 1916, Koltanowski vs Denhaene, 1931, G Atwood vs J Wilson, 1798, Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858. In J H Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891, White only found 9.Qxf6+!! after the game. R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 is famous as the second known appearance of what became known as <Boden's Mate>.
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  FSR: Please don't ask me what Rapport-Rogers has to do with Philidor's Defense. I somehow was thinking of the Caro-Kann.

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