In 1853 he published the pamphlet in Genoa titled Giuoco degli Scacchi (Game of Chess). The endgame of rook and knight against rook was a study that made him known worldwide. In 1865 he wrote a work about the "gambetto grande" (Gambit) that appeared on Eco della Scienza, but his studies especially address the endgame. He collaborated with La Régence and The Chess Monthly in 1856–57. He corresponded with the major chess theorists of his time.
|This section uses algebraic notation to describe chess moves.|
White to move wins:
- 1. Nd6 Rg8
- 2. Re1 Rf8
- 3. Nb7+ Kc8
- 4. Rb1 Rf3
- 5. Nd6+ Kd8
- 6. Rb8+ Ke7
- 7. Re8+ Kf6
- 8. Rf8+ wins the rook by a skewer after 8...Kf6 9. Rf8+.
Centurini was also the primary analyst of the endgame of a bishop and pawn versus a bishop on the same color (Fine & Benko 2003:152). He established rules for when the position is won and when it is a draw (Müller & Lamprecht 2001:108). The position in the second diagram shows a winning position for White, although it requires accurate play (Fine & Benko 2003:155–56).
- Fine, Reuben; Benko, Pal (2003) , Basic Chess Endings (revised ed.), McKay, ISBN 0-8129-3493-8
- Müller, Karsten; Lamprecht, Frank (2001), Fundamental Chess Endings, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-901983-53-6
- Nunn, John (2002), Secrets of Pawnless Endings (2nd ed.), Gambit Publications, ISBN 978-1-901983-65-4
- Zavatarelli, Fabrizio (2015-10-29), Ignaz Kolisch: The Life and Chess Career, McFarland, ISBN 0786496908