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The Anonymous Modenese

  • GM Julio_Becerra
  • | Aug 4, 2010
  • | 7588 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

    Practicingkid

    This man was a genius!!

  • 4 years ago

    Yoopy

    I didn't solve them all but the ones I did I thourghly enjoyed them.

  • 4 years ago

    MatthewLessard

    Brilliant puzzles.
    They are not the most complicated - but the ideas behind them are genious.

    Prove you don't need a material advantage to win the game.

    it's all about your strategie. If you're going to lose material - it's because you did want to.

    Very instructive.

  • 4 years ago

    Cavalierlibre

    Nice puzzles ! I resolved them all! very instructive!!!!!

  • 4 years ago

    diemking

    this is insane

  • 4 years ago

    Ronin-Samurai

    Its great to see some guy from 1750 would've crushed me.  Sweet!

  • 4 years ago

    cegriso

    Geniale !

  • 4 years ago

    FLRW

    these puzzles are mind blowing

  • 4 years ago

    shuttlechess92

    Wow. :)

  • 4 years ago

    invariance

    First-rate article.

  • 4 years ago

    theputz

    Old skool skills. Bet he was far from anonymous back in the day. Compositions, perhaps?

  • 4 years ago

    misi_khee

    Marvelous combinations, a must-see for every  chess enthusiast

  • 4 years ago

    davidmelbourne

    What 64idiOt said: "Absolutely brilliant. Thank you."

    Btw: any chance, GM Becerra, given the excellence of your articles, of doing some chess videos??

  • 4 years ago

    ramshackle

    bladdy 'el that i-tie ha' skills!

  • 4 years ago

    64idi0t

    Absolutely brilliant. Thank you.

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