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The Anonymous Modenese

  • GM Julio_Becerra
  • | Aug 4, 2010
  • | 7595 views
  • | 42 comments

Domenico Ercole del Rio (c. 1718 - c. 1802) was born in Guiglia, Italy, and was
a lawyer and author. He published a legendary chess book in 1750 under the
pseudonym "Anonymous Modenese” which was the basis of a work by Giambattista Lolli thirteen years later. He also wrote “The War of the Chessmen” and “The Incomparable Game of Chess”. He composed many chess problems.

There are two especially brilliant eras in the history of Italian Chess. The first one, occuring at the close of the sixteenth and beginning of the following century, was distinguished by the establishment of the celebrated “Neapolitan Club,” by the remarkable contests between the chess men of the Italian and Iberian peninsulas.

The second golden age comprises the latter half of the eighteenth century. Its centre of glory was the city of Modena and its chief ornaments were Ercole del Rio, known as the “Anonymous Modenese,” Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani, sometimes styled the “Autore Modenese,” and the friend and colleague of both, Giovanni Battista.

Del Rio died in Modena, Italy and he is considered to be the founder of the Italian School of Chess!

The giant building that chess is has been cemented by many chess lovers and today I wish us to enjoy together the chess creations produced by that beautiful mind that was Domenico Ercole del Rio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    MrKask

    Why can't we see the entire games, and not just the ending combinations?

  • 4 years ago

    leonelcm

    Thanx for sharing all puzzles, very interesting all of them...

  • 4 years ago

    m0z4rt

    These were very fun.

  • 4 years ago

    jaycsa

    very nice

  • 4 years ago

    jdogsindahouse

    This is an excellent method of warming up before a tournament to get you in the right state of mind.

  • 4 years ago

    hnoliver

    @ yerenxi3 - 6 ... d6!!

  • 4 years ago

    IranTal1960

    the themes was same no big deal

  • 4 years ago

    Progressive_Groove

    You know ... these puzzles were a lot of fun ... .... ... .

    thanks.

  • 4 years ago

    zaverinavya

    brilliant smothered mates!

  • 4 years ago

    rpbabu_007

    Very nice; 

  • 4 years ago

    ralrose91

    Pretty much all of the puzzles were close to smothered mates. Shame you don't hear more about this fellow...he was quite the tactician!

  • 4 years ago

    merchco

    Got the 1,2,3,-6,7th could not get the 4th and 5th but it just goes to show checkmate is probably their in some games without being able to identify it

  • 4 years ago

    heyisforhorses

    @simon

    thats because these positions are puzzles, not from a real game!

  • 4 years ago

    yerenxi3

  • 4 years ago

    simonvangerwen

    The positions look very artificial to me.

  • 4 years ago

    chalaco

    Hermosas, excelentes combinaciones !!!...Beautiful, outsantings combinations !!!.

    Thx.

  • 4 years ago

    MaddFunn

    Now lets compare these problems with the daily puzzles...

  • 4 years ago

    Sangwin

    sweet problems, nice when you can solve a puzzle or two when trusting your gut.  I will definately be checking out the mentioned books. 

  • 4 years ago

    neufchatel

    Very nice problems!!! Good article. Thanks.

  • 4 years ago

    khorne

    Supersweet  article and can any one tell me where I could get more information on the books in the article

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