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Paolo Boi
P Boi 
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1575

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(born 1528, died 1598, 70 years old) Italy

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Paolo Boi was a 16th Century Sicilian master who was born in Syracuse. In 1549 he defeated Pope Paul III in a chess match. The Pope offered to make him cardinal which he refused.

In 1575 he visited Spain and defeated Ruy Lopez de Segura and Alfonso Ceron the two leading Spanish players. The King, Phillip II of the Hapsburg dynasty, showered him with great rewards including an official appointment in Sicily that paid 500 crowns a year. On his way back to Italy he was captured by Algerian pirates and then sold as a slave to a Turk. He won his freedom by earning a fortune for his masters, playing chess.

He died in Naples in 1598 under suspicious circumstances, perhaps poisoned by jealous rivals.

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Last updated: 2017-03-25 01:11:22

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Scovara vs P Boi 1-0141575CasualC53 Giuoco Piano

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Apr-24-05  Lord.Dracula: This should be Paolo Boi...
Picture and short biography:
Apr-25-05  SBC: The picture is that of "Il Siracusano" playing the Devil (disguised as a beautiful woman). Yet more on the facinating Boi, sometimes also called "Il Bove" at
Jul-18-08  myschkin: ... Paolo Boi played chess with Girone; producing some beautiful games, and finally coming off the winner of the conquering party. The general judgment was pronounced, that Paolo played much faster than Il Puttino, and with greater brilliancy of combination; but on the whole perhaps, less solid and sound; hence the Lords of the Court wonderfully desired to see them matched together. ...
Apr-10-09  Dredge Rivers: Boi, oh, Boi!
May-18-09  timhortons: <He died in Naples in 1598 under suspicious circumstances, perhaps poisoned by jealous rivals.>

Maybe the kgb assasinated him,noh?

May-17-10  magnetors:
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  offramp: RIP Paolo Boi.

You invented sodium.

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  Domdaniel: <offramp> -- <You invented sodium.> Na, he never...
Jun-12-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: The greatest player of the 16th century with only one (losing) game?
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  offramp: He is the only chess player that has not just opening variation named after him, but a whole class of openings: Scandinavian (B01).
Jul-03-18  morfishine: Wait, this brilliant master has a total of 1 game in the database, and its a loss?
Jul-03-18  Retireborn: Bit of a bad Boi.
Mar-18-23  Marcelo Bruno: Is it possible to find a game won by Boi?

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