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Zoltan Ribli vs Eugenio Torre
Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal (1983), Alicante ESP, rd 6, Apr-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Stahlberg Variation (D49)  ·  1-0

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Jun-08-09  visayanbraindoctor: This miniature essentially knocked out GM Torre from the Candidates, as it gave GM Ribli a two-point lead with 4 games remaining in the 10 game match. Torre managed to win the next game, but Ribli played solidly to hang on to the lead, and even won the final game against a desperate Torre who may have essayed a dubious opening.
Dec-13-09  zanshin: Not too much interest in such a critical game (for Philippine chess). Eugene is equal until he plays <15...Ra6?> after which his position quickly collapses. He could have maintained equality with either <15...Qb8> or simply <15...0-0>:


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Dec-13-09  zanshin: The losing move is <19...f6?>. A good chance would have been <19...Rd5>.

Rybka 3 comparison of the two moves:


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[+1.03] d=16 19...Rd5 20.Qa3 f5 21.Rc7 Kf7 22.Rd1 Re8 23.Qb4 Kg8 24.Rxd4 Nc5 25.Be5 Nd7 26.Rxd5 exd5 27.Bd6 Nc5 (0:17.38) 20945kN

[+3.75] d=16 19...f6 20.Qe2 Re5 21.Bxe5 fxe5 22.f4 O–O 23.fxe5 Re8 24.Rcd1 Nb6 25.Qf2 Qd7 26.Qxd4 Nd5 27.a4 Ra8 28.Rc1 h6 29.b3 Qb7 30.Rf3 Qa6 31.Qc5 Rd8 (0:27.51) 27064kN

Dec-13-09  pulsar: <Not too much interest in such a critical game (for Philippine chess). Eugene is equal until he plays <15...Ra6?> after which his position quickly collapses. He could have maintained equality with either <15...Qb8> or simply <15...0-0>:>

<zanshin> At the first diagram you posted, 15...Qb8 looks better than immediate castling as 15...0-0 16.Nxf7 Rxf7 17.Bxd6 would still be difficult for Black because of White's better pawn structure. Rybka immediately spots a forced sequence: 17...Ne8 18.Qg3 Nxd6 (This is forced or White will retain the Bishop pair) 19.Qxd6 but it seems a painful ending to defend for Black.

Dec-13-09  mysql: After the lost to Ribli, was Torre able to make a comeback and be a contender for the world championship again?
Dec-13-09  spawn2: <mysql>

he almost made it again in 1987 but lost the last game (he only needed a draw) if I remember correctly against GM Nigel Short

Dec-14-09  kurtrichards: RJF was GM Torre's friend all those years ago, have anyone had the idea that the former world champion RJF could have aided GM Torre in the candidates campaign or in any other match/tournament?
Dec-14-09  zanshin: <pulsar> Good point. I think another reason for playing Qb8 is that it keeps an eye on the vulnerable b-pawn.
Sep-23-11  serenpidity.ejd: What, a miniature in a candidate match? I surmise: poor opening preparation.
Feb-01-17  Straclonoor: <mysql: After the lost to Ribli, was Torre able to make a comeback and be a contender for the world championship again?> Not
<spawn2 he almost made it again in 1987 but lost the last game (he only needed a draw) if I remember correctly against GM Nigel Short> Torre doesn't participated in Subbotice 1987 tournament, were Short has been qualified in pretenders match.

In Zagreb 1987 Tournament Torre was 7th with 9 points. If he scored 9.5 points he should play in playoff with Nogueiras, Granda Zuniga and Nikolic. 10 points - joined with Ehlvest 3rd place

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