Lolli Attack is named for Giambattista Lolli who originally
conceived the line as an improvement on the Fried Liver Attack,
arising after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5
Nxd5, when instead of the immediate 6.Nxf7 Lolli recommended
6.d4! In this traditional method of reaching the Lolli Attack,
Black has the option of playing not 6....exd4?! (transposing
to our main line here) but instead 6....Bb4+! (to prevent
the development of White's Knight to c3) 7.c3 Be7 8.Nxf7 Kxf7
9.Qf3+ Ke6 10.Qe4 (10.O-O Na5 11.Qg4+ Kf7 12.Qf3+ =) and Black
has more defensive resources (after either 10....Bf8 or 10....b5!?)
than he does in the lines we consider below.
the Perreux Variation, Black has already committed to taking
the d-pawn, opening the e-file. Therefore White has a deadly
attack after 7.O-O Be7 8.Nxf7! or 7....Be6 8.Re1
and there is little Black can do about it. Note that White
should not play immediately 7.Nxf7? because of 7....Qe7+!
8.Qe2 Qxe2+ 9.Kxe2 Kxf7 10.Bxd5+ Be6 11.Bxe6+ Kxe6 12.Bf4
Re8 13.Nd2 g5 14.Bg3 Kd7+ 15.Kf3 h5 16.h3 Bb4 17.Bxc7 Kxc7
18.Nc4 b5 19.a3 Be7 20.Nd2 Rhf8+ 21.Ke2 Bb4+ 22.Kd1 Bxd2 23.Kxd2
Rxf2+ 0-1 Spielmann-Hardt,
should not expect his attack always to lead to check mate
in every line. According to close analysis, if Black plays
most accurately, White may only end up a pawn or two ahead.
Of course, White will have a winning game, but some players
will be a bit disappointed in not finding a mate and may underestimate
their good fortune or try too hard to continue the attack
when they have already achieved their goal. Don't let the
best be the enemy of the good!
7....Bb4?! (Even worse is 7....Bc5? 8.Nxf7 Kxf7 9.Qh5+
g6 10.Bxd5+ Ke8 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. Qxc5 Ba6 13. Qxc6+ Qd7
14. Re1+ Kd8 15. Bg5+ Kc8 16. Qxa8+ 1-0 Mandarin-Tiffay,
Meudon 1991) 8.Qf3 Be6 9.a3 Ne5 10.Qh5 Bg4 11.Qh4
Nxc4 12.Qxg4 Ne5 13.Qxd4 Bxa3 14.Qxe5+ Be7 15.Qxg7 Kd7 16.Nxf7
Qf8 17.Qxh8 Qxh8 18.Nxh8 Rxh8 19.Rxa7 +- b5 20.Nc3 Bc5
21.Nxb5 Bxa7 22.Nxa7 Ra8 23.Rd1 Rxa7 24.Rxd5+ Ke6 25.Rd8 Ra1
26.Rd1 Ra2 27.f4 c6 28.g4 c5 29.f5+ Kf6 30.Rd7 Ra1 31.Rd6+
Ke5 32.Rd1 Ra4 33.Re1+ Kd5 34.Rd1+ Ke5 35.h3 Ra2 36.Rd7 Ra1
37.Re7+ Kd5 38.Re1 Ra6 39.g5 c4 40.Rd1+ Ke5 41.f6 Ra7 42.Re1+
Kd6 43.Bf4+ Kd5 44.Re7 1-0 Delta-Zen
7....Be7 8.Nxf7! Kxf7
9.Qh5+?! (Inaccurately preferred by Beliavsky and Mikhalchishin
over 9.Qf3+!) 9....Kf8 (9....g6 10.Bxd5+ Ke8 11.Qf3
is similar to LA2b3 below) 10.Bxd5 Qe8 11.Qf3+ Bf6 12.Bg5?!
= (Fritz suggests instead 12.Bd2 in order to play 13.Re1
+=, but White is still not getting nearly as much advantage
as he would after the more direct 9.Qf3+!) 12....Ne5 13.Qf4
Qg6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Qd2 (15.Qg3!?) 15....c6! 16.Bb3
b6!? (Fritz likes the immediate 16....Nf3+! 17.gxf3 Bh3
18.Qb4+ Ke8 19.Re1+ Kd7 20.Qxb7+ Kd6 21.Be6! Bxe6 =+. Black
may have been trying to swindle White into letting him play
a more immediately winning variation of this line where the
Queen's check could be blocked by c5!) 17.Re1 Bb7?
(This move loses the d-pawn by force and hands White a winning
advantage. Also no good is 17....c5? 18.Qe2! +-. But Fritz
still likes 17....Nf3+! = with a forced draw after 18.gxf3
Bh3 19.Re4 Qg6+ 20.Rg4 Bxg4 21.fxg4 Qxg4+ etc.) 18.Re4!
Ng6 (Likely Black overlooked that he cannot play 18....c5??
due to 19.Rf4 +-) 19.Rxd4 +- Re8 20.Nc3 h5 21.Rd7 Re7
22.Re1 Ne5 23.Rd8+ Re8 24.Rxe8+ Kxe8 25.f4 Kf8 26.Rxe5 Rh6
27.Qd7 1-0 De
Poole-Mohammed, Yerevan 1996.
Be6 (10....Kf8! 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Qxc6 += or 11.Re1!?
with the idea of building a slow attack after 11....Bg4!
12.Qb3 Rb8 13.Nd2 +=) 11.Bxe6+ Kxe6 12. Re1+?! (12.Qb3+!
is much more accurate) 12....Kf7 13. Qb3+ Kg6 14. Re4?!
(Simply completing development with 14.Bf4 and 15.Nd2
is probably better) 14....Re8?! (14....Qd7 at least
resists White's obvious attack) 15. Rg4+ Kh5? (15....Kf5!
16.Qd3+! Ke6 17.Qxh7 Kf7 18.Bd2 Qd5 +=) 16. Qh3+ Bh4
17. Rxh4+ Qxh4 18. Qf5+ g5 19. Qxh7+ Kg4 20. f3+ 1-0
10.Nc3! dxc3 11.Re1+ Ne5 12.Bf4 Bf6 13.Bxe5 Bxe5
14.Rxe5+ Kxe5 15.Re1+ Kd4 16.Bxd5 Re8 (16....Qf6
17.Rd1+) 17.Qd3+ Kc5 18.b4+ Kxb4 19.Qd4+ 1-0
New Orleans 1858 (19...Ka5 20.Qxc3+ Ka4 21.Qb3+
Ka5 22.Qa3+ Kb6 23.Rb1+ #)
10.Re1+ Ne5 11.Bf4 Bf6 12.Nc3 c6 13.Rxe5+ Kf7
14.Nxd5 Be6 15.Rxe6 Kxe6 16.Nxf6+ Ke7 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Qa3+
Fischer-Rouse, Chicago Simul. 1964.
9....Ke8! 10.Bxd5 Bf6 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Qxc6+ Bd7
13.Re1+ Kf8 14.Qc5+ Kg8 15.Bf4 ± Rc8 16.Nd2
h6 17.Rad1 Kh7 18.Ne4 Rf8 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Qxd4 Bg4 21.Qxf6
Rxf6 22.Rd4 +- Bf5 23.c4 c5 24.Rd6 Rcf8 25.f3 Bg6
26.Be5 Rxd6 27.Bxd6 Rc8 28.Re7 Rc6 29.Be5 Kg8 30.Rxg7+
Kf8 31.Rxa7 Bd3 32.b3 Re6 33.f4 1-0 Huewels-Galvarino,
7....Be6 8.Re1 Qd7 (8....Qd6 9.Nxf7! is no better)
9.Nxf7! Kxf7 (9....Rg8? 10.Qh5 g6 11.Qxd5 +-) 10.Qf3+
Kg8! (10....Ke7? 11.Bxd5 Nd8 12.Bg5+ Kd6 [12....Ke8 13.Bxe6
Nxe6 14.Qf5 +-] 13.Nc3! c6 14.Qg3+ Kc5 15.Na4+ Kb5 16.Qd3+
Ka5 17.Bd2+ Bb4 18.a3! +- with a mating attack; 10....Kg6?
11.Rxe6+ Qxe6 12.Bd3+ Qf5 13.Qxf5# 1-0 Schroder-Illgen,
Dresden 1926; 10....Ke8? 11.Bxd5 Nd8 12.Rxe6+! Nxe6 13.Bxb7!
+- threatens both 14.Bxa8 picking up the Rook and 14.Bc6 pinning
the Queen) 11.Rxe6!
11....Rd8 12.Bg5! Qxe6 13.Bxd8 Qe1+ 14.Bf1 Qe5 15.Bh4 g5
16.Bg3 Nf4 17.Qb3+ Kg7 18.Qxb7 Nb4 19.Nd2 Be7 20.Nf3 Qc5
21.Qe4 h6 22.Bxf4 gxf4 23.Nxd4 Kf7 24.Qe6+ 1-0 Bohak-Jovivic,
11....Ncb4! 12.Re4 (Dan Heisman ends here with
Also good is the forcing line 12.Re5 c6 [12....Rd8 13.Bg5!
+-] 13.a3 Re8 [13....Bd6 14.Re2 Rf8 15.Qe4 b5 16.Bb3 Na6
14.Rxe8 Qxe8 15.Qd1 Na6 16.c3! Nac7 17.cxd4 ±
and White is a pawn to the good with the better position
to boot. But White does not have to hurry to win the pawn
at d4, so long as he plays carefully.) 12....c6 13.Qe2!
(White plays to keep control of the e-file. Premature is
13.Rxd4? due to 13....Bc5 14.Rd2 Rf8! 15.Qg3 Qe6! and Black
is suddenly on the offensive with the better game) 13....Bc5
(A natural way to try to defend the pawn. Not 13....c5?
14.a3 Na6 15.Re5 Nc7 16.Qe4 Rd8 17.Bg5 +-. Fritz recommends
instead the rather nuanced defence 13....Qf7!? 14.a3 b5
15.Bb3 Na6 16.Rxd4 Re8 17.Be3 Bc5 18.Rd2 ±
but White is winning here as well.) 14.a3 Na6 15.Nd2
Rf8 16.Nf3 Nac7 17.b4 Bb6 18.Bb2 ±
and White can pick up the pawn at d4 whenever he likes with
a winning advantage in both material and position.
7...f6 8.Nc3!! (This is the "book" move and
it is by far the best. It would also be very difficult to
find over the board. The brutal 8.Re1+ yields only a small
edge after 8....Be7 9.Nf7 Kxf7 10.Qh5+ Kf8 11.Bxd5 Qe8 12.Qf3
+=) 8...dxc3 (8...Nxc3 9.Bf7+ Ke7 10.bxc3 +- Heisman
or 8....Ne5 9.Bxd5 ±)
9.Bxd5 fxg5 (9...Qd7 10.Re1+ Be7 11.Ne6 or 10....Ne5
(10.Bxc6+ wins as well) 10....Be7 11.Bxg5 (Bucker
±) 11...Kf8 (11...cxb2 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Qxd8+
Kxd8 14.Bxe7+ ±)
12.Qf3+ Bf6 13.Rad1! (13.Bxc6? bxc6 14.Rad1 Bd7 does
not yield much, while this veiled attack is deadly) 13....Bd7
(13....Bg4 14.Qxg4 Bxg5 15.Bxc6 +- and Heisman gives 13....Nd4
14.Rxd4 c6 15.Rf4 cxd5 16.Rxf6+ and White mates shortly) 14.Be6!?
(Fritz and Heisman prefer the subtle 14.Bc4! Na5 15.Be6, but
this move seems most thematic) 14....Bxe6 15.Rxd8+ Rxd8
(15....Nxd8 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qxf6+ Kg8 18.Re3! Bf7 19.f4! gives
White a winning attack) 16.Bxf6 Bd5 (16....gxf6 17.Qxf6+
Kg8 18.Qxe6+ +-) 17.Be7+ Kg8 18.Qxc3 +- with an easily
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