Chess Game of the Day: Italian Game Sudden Death


One of my online chess games. Some annotations below . . .

3. Bc4 Italian Game

3. …Nf6 Two Knights Defense

5. …Na5 Polerio Defense

6. Bb5+ Bishop Check Line

8. …Qd5?! More speculative than 8. …Nd5

15. Qf2? I thought White had the advantage had he played 15. Nh3, blocking the Black rook from pinning the White h-pawn.

17. Re2?? White has a playable position by covering the rook with 17. Kg1 (probably best) or one of several knight moves, but any effort at saving the rook by moving it results in . . .

17. …Ng3#

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