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Garry Kasparov vs Eugenio Torre
"The Torreador" (game of the day Oct-04-2023)
Baku (1980), Baku URS, rd 5, Apr-??
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni (A43)  ·  1-0



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Feb-01-05  Genevieve: 51. Nxe5!
Maybe a nice 'white plays and win' problem?
Sure would like to see some analysis on this one.
Feb-01-05  MoonlitKnight: 52...Nd6 runs into 53.Bb8+ for one thing. Other lines just give the piece back, when the rook endgame is easily won.
Sep-28-05  Poisonpawns: "Cramped positions contain the seeds of defeat" Thats all i have to say about this one.51.Nxe5! and look at blacks pieces,amazing.
Jul-20-09  BISHOP TAL: If 51 Ra3 52 Ng6++ Kd8 53 Re3 The test of time kasparov. This book is rich with analsyse on this game very good book so far.
Aug-06-11  maelith: Great positional game by Kasparov.
Sep-10-12  QueentakesKing: Kasparov can penetrate a fortress.
Jul-27-17  bla bla: why not 56.Re7
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  beatgiant: <bla bla>
Could you post your line?

At first glance, 56. Re7+ Nd7 57. f7 Ra8 58. Re8 Kb7 and I don't see how it's better than the actual game line.

Jul-27-17  ChessHigherCat: First trade of pieces on move 38!
Jan-04-18  Sularus: first ever capture on move 27!
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  perfidious: An object illustration of why going passive against a strong GM does not usually work so well.
Apr-29-19  carpovius: How about 57...Nd7 58. Re7 Ra8 59. Re8 Rd8?
Jul-07-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training -Garry Kasparov "

Solve for white on move 51.

I saw 51.Bxe5 which still allows white to win.

Sep-13-23  Poisonpawns: Great analysis of this game here
Oct-04-23  goodevans: <carpovius: How about 57...Nd7 58. Re7 Ra8 59. Re8 Rd8?>

After <57...Nd7> White plays <58.d6+>.

If the K retreats then 59.Re8+ forces promotion. If 58...Kb7 then 58.Re7 forces the K's retreat anyway.

Oct-04-23  mrknightly: El toro ganó.
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  eternaloptimist: This is actually a Czech Benoni. It transposed from an Old Benoni into a Czech Benoni (black moved the e♙ to e5 early in the game). 2 of the problems of the Czech Benoni from black’s perspective r that black normally gets a cramped position & cedes a space advantage to white. Both of these things normally happen in Czech Benoni games. Kasparov took advantage of these things & got the victory
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  fredthebear: True. 1980 might be considered "old" these days (past 40 years, which is a good start in my book). Kaspy wasn't yet the world champion back then. POTUS "Dutch" Reagan was in the saddle:

BTW youngsters, Czechoslovakia is no more.
Call it a divorce, name change in simple terms. "In 1989, as Marxist–Leninist governments and communism were ending all over Central and Eastern Europe, Czechoslovaks peacefully deposed their communist government during the Velvet Revolution, which began on 17 November 1989 and ended 11 days later on 28 November when all of the top Communist leaders and Communist party itself resigned. On 31 December 1992, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the two sovereign states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia." -- Wikipedia

This article is a pretty good introduction to the Czech Benoni:

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  PeterLalic: I do not understand why anyone would play the Czech Benoni with the black pieces. Such a spatial disadvantage is masochistic.

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White to move. Last: 18...Nb8

In the next 10 moves, Black achieved nothing!

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White to move. Last: 28...Bh6

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  eternaloptimist: <PeterLalic> Agreed…I don’t know y anyone would want to play the Czech w/ black also 🤷‍♂️
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  keypusher: <PeterLalic: I do not understand why anyone would play the Czech Benoni with the black pieces. Such a spatial disadvantage is masochistic.>

Well, because we have an excuse when we lose. (Of course, such an opening!)

But also because we're not very good at tactics, but we have a positional sense of sorts, and we can take advantage if our opponent gets careless or overaggressive.

That someone got a bad position against Garry Kasparov doesn't prove much.

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