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Francois Philidor vs NN
Analyse du jeu des Échecs (1749), Unknown
King's Gambit: General (C30)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-26-03  elchess77: i liked this game
Nov-26-03  Master of Sacrifice: What not to do on King's Gambit: decline it.
Feb-23-04  villasinian: 26.....r x b could have saved the day for black.
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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Rxb1+ would have won the game for black and the same possibility he had even for several moves earlier.
Feb-23-04  drukenknight: some crazy people will even play 6...Qh4+ on you
Jun-16-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Yes, I agree with Honza - I can't work out why black didn't play Rxb1+ sometime at the end of the game.

Apart from that, looking at white's pawn shape as he advances on the king side, it seems to be a very early example of the anti-Sicilian pawn storm that is so familiar to us now.

Sep-05-04  Knight13: Attacking the king side was beautiful.
Jun-18-06  DeepBlade: The opening looks like a KG to RL transposition, very stylish. The opening is a KGD: Phil def.
Sep-25-06  gauer: When declining the King's Gambit, one strategy says that white gets a good game by transposing into a Spanish Attack, where f4 is played early. One has to love the soul of this pawn chain, beckoning the demise prisoner in chains at the other edge of the board.
Oct-02-06  krdjis: after 22 ...g6, there had yet to be some finagling in order for white to get another shot at black's king. what first looked like a defensive move (22. Qe2) turns out to be the start of another initiative. Beautiful.
Oct-13-07  wolfmaster: 26.? would be a good Tuesday puzzle.
Nov-28-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33:

Philidor 11 mistakes:
13.Be3 -0.11 (13.Nc3 0.40)
14.Nd2 -0.53 (14.0-0 -0.05)
15.g4 -0.62 (15.0-0 -0.03)
18.h4 -0.34 (18.0-0 0.00)
19.Kd1 -0.80 (19.Bd2 0.00)
20.Rb1 -1.20 (20.Qh3 -0.46)
21.Qh5 -1.64 (21.Rb7 0.12)
22.e5 -12.38 (22.Rc1 -1.30)
24.h5 -6.68 (24.Rxb2 -1.87)
25.hxg6 -4.79 (25.Rxb2 0.00)
26.Rxh7 -12.06 (26.Rxb2 2.55)

NN 11 mistakes:
7...Na5 0.62 (7...Qd7 0.23)
14...Nxb2 -0.03 (14...Qa5 -0.53)
15...Nc4 0.00 (15...Qa5 -0.62)
18...Qa5+ 0.00 (18...Rb8 -0.34)
19...Qa3 -0.46 (19...d5 -0.80)
20...Qxa2 0.12 (20...Rfb8 -1.20)
22...g6 -6.81 (22...Rxb1+ -12.38)
23...Rb2 -1.87 (23...Rxb1+ -6.98)
24...c5 0.00 (24...Rxb1+ -6.68)
25...fxg6 2.55 (25...Rxb1+ -4.79)
26...Kxh7 #3 (26...Rxb1+ -12.06)

Jan-31-08  wolfmaster: Nice sacrifice.
Jan-31-08  Petrosianic: You're sure about that?
Feb-12-08  just a kid: Good game,but RxR could give Black a fighting chance,or a win.
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  Phony Benoni: Would it have made a difference had White actually played 20.Rc1 (QR-B1) rather than 20.Rb1 (QR-N1)? The game would seem to make more sense in that case, and the mistake would have been easy to make in tranlating from descriptive to algebraic.
Feb-13-08  just a kid: <Phony Benoni>I couldn't find a difference,but Philidor shouldn't have let his rook stand there.
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  blazerdoodle: It's a cool game alright, but I know why NN never took that blasted b1 rook. They were sitting in a beautiful little restaurant on the Mediterranean with a big carafe of wine discussing something important, maybe business, or the beautiful woman serving them, while staring at the sea... and the wine went down, and someone watching yelled, you missed that move twice already! NN kept - well, it happened to me once.
Jan-02-10  mysql: Could have easily been won by black by taking the rook?
Sep-28-14  Ke2: An awful sacrifice because Rxb1 wins (better is 26. Rxb2). However, you can guess that black didn't see Qh5 in the 1700s. This game took place during the French Revolution!
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  jnpope: Instructional game given by Philidor in <Analyse du jeu des Échecs>, 1750, pp87-91. Philidor does not identify either player.
Jun-09-16  juanhernandez: a mistake !!!
May-16-21  lentil: This game only makes sense if 20 Rb1 is 20 Rc1 (maybe "QR-B1" was mistranslated ?).
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  fredthebear: The soul of chess:

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