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Eugenio Torre vs Ferenc Berkes
Chess Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 7, Sep-04
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0


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  wordfunph: Asia's First GM Torre (2469) humbled GM Ferenc Berkes (2685) and provided Philippine Team the pivotal 2-2 tie against mighty 4th seed Hungary.

hurrah Sir Eugene!

Sep-04-12  torrefan: The sweet part of this game is that in the end GM Torre's K, B and two pawns form the letter V - as in Victory. A fitting end to the best game of the 2012 Olympiad.
Sep-04-12  leprechaunz: Grabeh ang ginawa mo idol, hinde ako makapaniwala, i cant believe it, ikaw pa rin ang pinakamagaling na pinoy sa chess. your a legend, a living legend. Karpov said once before that he cosiders Eugene Torre as one of the best players in the world
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  visayanbraindoctor: The way Torre exploited the weak white squares is a theme that reminds me of Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985
Sep-04-12  QueentakesKing: This is perhaps the best, and maybe the last opportunity at getting revenge against Mr. Ribli.:-)LOL
Sep-05-12  john2629: the best game of the olympiad ?
imo much better is this

Stellwagen vs K Shanava, 2012

Sep-05-12  ashalpha: After 19...e5 Black is at least equal, probably better. After 45. h4? I think White is probably lost with 45...gxh4! (with threats on the queenside and kingside), but Torre lulls his opponent to sleep from his passive position. After 46...g4?!, Berkes starts to lose the thread of the game, I don't think he is worse though until 55...Qg3?? when the White light squared bishop becomes the best piece in the game. Even then, he defended accurately until 75...Kb4?? when the Black King no longer threatening the white pawns allows the White King to support the pawn push from the other side. Too many mistakes to be a candidate for best game but for sentimental value what a game! The Legend striking back for his team when they needed it the most...
Sep-05-12  joey94: mga kababayan may nagsabi na tsamba daw ang panalo ni idol dito pati yung laban niya kay short 2012 olympiad... check niyo torre vs short 2012 olpympiad... may mga nagmamarunong dun, resbak!!!
Sep-06-12  spawn2: <joey94>

Let them be. Alam naman natin ang totoo: )

Sep-06-12  joey94: di nila matanggap tinalo sila ng pinoy hahaha!
Sep-06-12  harish22: Starting from move 62, it is old school chess. Played on the feel of position and very subtle technique. But for the entire game, black was overpressing and white playing passively. I do not understand 46 .. g4 ? why sac a pawn and then the 51.. h5. Also 60. .. Bh4 looks better than Re2. Black can pick up the e3 pawn on the next move with Re2. Maybe missing something.
Sep-08-12  ashalpha: 46...g4?! is indeed questionable and gave away much of his advantage, the best explanation that I can think of is he did not want the f or h files opened when hxg5 at any point but he could have avoided that by taking on h4 himself which maintains his advantage. 60...Bxh4 taking the pawn activates the White Knight via f5 before the rook can get to e2. He did have to accurately calculate that 62...Re2 gets back in time to stop the h pawn but I think 60...Re2 gave him the better drawing chances with his own passed pawn (the Black e pawn is untouchable for example 61.Bxe4 Rxe3 62.Bd5 Bxh4 and the White pawns start falling).
Aug-27-16  Virgil A: Indestructible Torre
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