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Friedrich Saemisch vs Carlos Torre Repetto
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 6, Apr-23
Mexican Defense: General (A50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-03-03  Kaspy2: this is the point in history where the world first saw this opening (up to move 4) : The mexican aka "black knights tango" . Torre, however, later dropped this line.
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  patzer2: Samisch may have accepted a draw when he had a winning advantage, although finding a win over the board would admittedly have been extremely difficult and very risky for White. However, Fritz 8 indicates a winning advantage for White, though I am somewhat skeptical of the analysis.

Fritz 8 analyzes 22. Nxf6 gxf6 [if 22...Bxc4+, then 23. Rxc4 bxc4 24. Ne4 Rxd5 25. Ng5 Rd7 26. N1f3 f6 27. Ne4 Rd5 28. Ned2 Re8 29. Nxc4 e4 30. Nfd2 (+ 2.88 @ 17 depth & 671kN/s)] 23. cxb5 Bxd5 24. Bxd5 Rxd5 25. Nf3 c6 26. bxc6 Kc7 27. Nd2 Kxc6 28. Rcf1 (+ 2.09 @15/40 depth & 696kN/s). A second Fritz 8 analysis gives 28...f5 29. gxf5 Rhd8 30. Nc4 Kb5 31. b3 e4 32. fxg6 fxg6 33. Rf7 Rd3 34. Ne5 Rg3 (+2.62 @ 16/40 depth & 730kN/s). [If 34...Rxb3 35. Rb7+ Ka4 36. Rxa7+ Kb5 37. a4+ Kb6 38. Rg7 Rd4 39. Rxg6+ Kb7 40. a5 Rb2+ 41. Ke3 Rb3+ 42. Kf4 e3+ 43. Kf5 (+3.44 & 14/41 depth & 759kN/s)].

Even with the "advantage" analyzed by Fritz, finding a win as a practical matter could still be difficult and risky for White. So, I can understand why Samisch so readily accepted the draw even with fighting chances for a difficult endgame win.

Maybe this kind of analysis is one reason why Torre dropped his Mexican aka "black knights tango" line, since black might want more chances out of the opening than an extremely difficult fight for a draw.

Even so, against a strong and booked-up opponent with a distaste for difficult end games and a propensity to push too hard, it could be a good try in serious play. Most certainly the "black knights tango" would be a good try in blitz or skittles games. Thanks <Kaspy2> for sharing this one!

Jun-01-05  WorldChampeen: A few notes by Gabriel Velasco in his "The Life and Times of Carlos Torre":

On moves 1 & 2: "Its not clear whether Torre got the idea for this defense from Alexander Kevitz of the Manhattan CC, or vice versa. Kevitz played it frequently in the 1920s, according to Wlater Korn, editor of Modern Chess Openings." (We are told further that yes indeed, it was first called the Mexican Defense according to IM Georgy Orlov but also became known as the Kevitz-Trajkovic defense <see Mihailo Trajkovic Correspondence Master>. Orlov also refers to it with the "Black Knights Tango" name.

9. g3

"The position is tremendously complicated, and the German master has already spent an inordinate amount of time on his first nine moves (something not unusual for Samisch, who once forfeited at move 13, and at Linkoping 1969 <quite a bit of time after this game! so I want to see how long Samisch played> was to lose 13 out of 15 games on time."

That's about it, but after move 13, Samisch had less than two minutes Velasco said to make the remaining moves to move 30; Torre offered a draw and this is probably good gamesmanship because one would think, he might have been able to win on time.

Samisch also once said "If I could play the first 20 moves, I would not mind someone else finishing the game for me."

A game that gets as wild as some Blitz games it seems to me.

Sep-06-05  Juan De Pisto: Ah, meet the Mexican Defence!
The Wikipedia says its related in idea with the Alekhine Def. but dont know, here black has 2 knights already developed. Anyway, bravo por Carlitos!

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