The Anonymous Modenese

  • GM Julio_Becerra
  • | Aug 4, 2010

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.















  • 8 months ago


    Excuse me for the dates . Obviously not XVII but XVII century, and not 1818 but Del Rio (sometines Dal Rio)  was born between 1723 and 1726, not in Guiglia because in the parish of Saint Geminiano of Guiglia there isn't his baptismal act( the father Pellegrino Del Rio , was born in Guiglia ).

    See you

      Delriologo[this nickname was given to me by the gerat chess I.M. Enrico Paoli (1908-2005) of REGGIO EMILIA]

  • 8 months ago


    Dear Becerra

    Del Rio wasn't born in Guiglia and not in 1818.

     For true infotmation about Del Rio's life, modestly i'm the best scholar of "Modenese Masters" of XVJJ century

    see you


  • 21 months ago


    nice. aesthetic forms of basic mates. 

    yerenxi3, your diagram doesn´t accept the moves.

  • 6 years ago


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

  • 6 years ago


    Great Grandmaster!

  • 6 years ago


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

  • 6 years ago


    These were very fun.

  • 6 years ago


    very nice

  • 6 years ago


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

  • 6 years ago


    @ yerenxi3 - 6 ... d6!!

  • 6 years ago


    the themes was same no big deal

  • 6 years ago


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


  • 6 years ago


    brilliant smothered mates!

  • 6 years ago


    Very nice; 

  • 6 years ago


    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!

  • 6 years ago


    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

  • 6 years ago



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

  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    The positions look very artificial to me.

  • 6 years ago


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


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