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Eugenio Torre vs Anatoly Karpov
Wch U20 prel-B (1969), Stockholm SWE, rd 3, Aug-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Center Attack (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-04-05  rjsolcruz: This was a World Juniors Tournament. Karpov won it and later on became World Champion. And Eugenio Torre went on to become the first ever Filipino GM!
Dec-05-07  Sularus: torre's ending technique was weak waaaay back then, i guess.
Oct-11-11
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  wordfunph: <World Junior Championship: Furman was Karpov's second at the 1969 competition. His performance in the preliminary event was far from convincing, and for a time it was not even clear if he would qualify for the finals. In one crucial game against Torre, in which the initiative kept shifting from one side to the other. Karpov wound up two pawns down in an ending. In a titanic fight, after two adjournment sessions, he eventually succeeded in holding on for a draw. In one interview in the late seventies, Karpov called this the most important game of his life. Had he lost he would not have qualified for the finals, and there is no telling how much of a difference this might have made to his career.>

- IM Tibor Karolyi (Karpov's Strategic Wins Vol. 1 1961-1985)

Oct-11-11  visayanbraindoctor: GM Torre is one his contemporaries that Karpov genuinely respected. He never took Torre for granted and I have read him write somewhere that he regarded Torre as one of the best players in the world.
Oct-11-11
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  FSR: Karpov won five games against Torre, lost two, and drew another five. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Mar-02-12
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  wordfunph: from Endgame Virtuoso by Karolyi & Aplin..

"During the endgame I felt I was on the verge of scoring the full point, but at the same time I was not sure if the game was winning or saveable for black. I tried to play what I thought then were the best ones but somehow towards the end I sensed that my advantage was disappearing."

- GM Eugenio Torre

Sep-24-13
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  wwall: Can anyone find a win here for White? Karpov should have lost to Hug in the preliminaries as Hug threatened mate in 2 or Karpov would have lost his Queen to prevent it. If Torre would have won here, Karpov would not have qualified for the A finals, would not have been world junior champion, would not have earned his IM title, and may not have become world champion 6 years later.

After 48...Rf7, Torre played 49.Rg5, which is probably right. 49.Rxf7 Bxf7 and 49.Rg8 Rf3+ 50.Kxf3 Bxg8 are draws.

Instead of 50.Bd4, is there any improvement with any other move?

Instead of 52.Ke5, is there any win with 52.Rh5+ or 52.Ke5?

Instead of 54.Rg5+, perhaps 54.Rh8 Ra5+ 55.Kf4 and 56 h5.

After 55.Kf6, it looks drawish. Perhaps 55.Rh5+ Kg6 56.Rh8.

After 68...Kg7, Torre played 69.Re6. Is there any improvement? 69.Bc3 Rxg4 70.Rf5+ Kh7 71.Rxf3 Rg5+ is a draw.

Aug-04-14  MarkFinan:


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b4?? Lol. What a bizarre "gambit!".

<wwall: Can anyone find a win here for White?> In short, no. Even with the two passers it's a drawn game. The question should be why Karpov didn't just take the pawn on b4? I thought Re1 was the book move in this opening, and even though I probably know this opening with the white pieces more than any other I'm struggling to see what white was trying to do with 8.b4?? Saying that Karpov didn't exactly take advantage! Maybe there's some kinda trap he was afraid of falling into, I do not know!

Mar-19-19  woldsmandriffield: Karpov's 15..Qc8 was lame. Black's top priority must be to eliminate the Lopez Bishop: 15..Na5 xb3 or 15..Rxa3 x b3 were two good ways to achieve this.

After some quite casual play on both sides (but a greater number of mistakes by Karpov), Torre reached a completely winning position:


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What is interesting in the subsequent play is how Torre's King drifts off to the Q-side where it is impossible for White to win the position - the two passed pawns are on the K-side!

For another example of this tendency, take a look at Torre vs Speelman (1984) where 15 years later the same thing happens.

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