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Eugenio Torre vs Axel Rombaldoni
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 7, Sep-09
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-16  Virgil A: Precise mid game moves by GM Torre to reach a very favorable endgame. Lufet!

AFGM is mixing it up. Previously he placed his DSB on b2. And now his DSB is positioned on h2.


Sep-09-16  Virgil A: While a patzer could easily make 25.Kf1 to get the K closer to the middle of the board, GM Torre correctly makes 25.Rf1

Another superb James move.

Sep-09-16  Virgil A: 28.Qa5 takes guts to make.
Sep-09-16  Pulo y Gata: Another superb display from Mr. Olympiad GM Torre.
Sep-09-16  Eduardo Bermudez: This is the win number one hundred for Torre in Olympiads !!
Sep-09-16  kamagong24: the younger Italian GM falling for Torre's pseudo sac and got schooled after!!!


Sep-09-16  Virgil A: GM Torre does not play the percentages. Opening Explorer records

1.d4 e6


29% White wins

29% Draw

40% Black wins

Fearless. Confident.

Sep-10-16  visayanbraindoctor: <Virgil> 25. Rf1 insread of Kf1.

Torre was planning on aggressively penetrating Black's back ranks with his Queen, which would leave his own back ranks unprotected. So he leaves his King on g1 so tha if checked, it could escape to h2.

This game was played with confidence and motivation. In his heyday, Torre had a positionally aggressive style. He played this game like he were back in in the 70s and 80s when he was a young huingry master on the rise.

People tend to forget he was a Candidate, which essentially means he was in the top 10 of the world.

Sep-11-16  Virgil A: < visayanbraindoctor >. You're correct. This is the vintage GM Torre we are seeing. He is very much capable of playing at 2800 level. Delightful! :)
Oct-01-16  Virgil A: Other than the Q, White's strongest piece is the DSB. And it only moved a whopping 3 times the whole game.

2.Bf4. The DSB acts as the rabbit to Black's Kpawns.

7.Bh2. Mission1 accomplished. Black's light squares has been softened. R&R on h2 is well deserved.

21.Bd6. Welcome back, Leroy Brown. Black's R has no good square to go to. Definitely not f6.

In the end, even without moving, White's DSB anchors White's defense and owns up e5 for an impending checkmate.

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