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zdrak 316 ( +1 | -1 )
My first OTB game in 2 years! Today, after a break of almost two years, I returned to playing OTB chess. Not chess on the 'net, but chess with real live people, pushing real wooden pieces and a real wooden board! (ok, actually it was plastic, but hey, everything is made of plastic these days...)

The game was played in the regional Team Championship, and our team ... ok, actually I'll keep you in suspence regarding the result ...

White: N. Yanetski (1969)
Black: Yours Truly (1944 last time I checked)
Time limit: Game in 2 hrs

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5

Eek. He wants me out of book early

2...e6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 exd4

I didn't have the mental strength for a long game, so I tried for 5.cxd4 Qa5+ - who knows, it can work, right ??


But it didn't.

5...h6 6.Bh4 b6 7.Be2 Bb7 8.Bf3

I wouldn't exchange those Bishops if I was him ... 8.Nf3 seems better

8...Bxf3 9.Qxf3

And here it was also better to capture with the knight


Having exchanged his white-squared bishop, black fixes his central pawns of white squares.

10.Nd2 Nc6 11.Qe2

Excuse me, what's wrong with just developing the 2nd knight and castling ? White starts to get too clever here...

11...Be7 12.f4 Qc7 13.Qf3

The restless white queen has to move again to guard f4 ... what a waste of time.

13...Ne4! 14.Nxe4 Bxh4+?

Played too quickly, 14...dxe4 was even better

15.Nf2 0-0-0!?

I wanted to develop a pawn break in the center with the help of the f-pawn and the e-pawn, and long castling fit this plan better.

16.g3 Be7 17.Qe2 g5 18.Nd3 Bd6 19.Ne5

Well, he got his knight to the center - but what about the development of his other pieces ??

19...f6!! 20.Nxc6 Qxc6 21.0-0-0

Taking the bait was bad: 21.Qxe6+ Kb7 and white cannot castle due to Bxf4+, and meanwhile there's the threat of Re8 - the white king is awkwardly stuck in the center vs. all the black artillery

21...gxf4 22.Qxe6+ Kb7 23.Qf7+!? Rd7 24.Qg6

White doesn't wish to gobble pawns just to open lines for black - probably a smart decision. Note by the way that after 24 moves his Ng1 is still at his original spot ...

24...Rc8 25.Ne2 Qc4!

The attack shifts to the queenside

26.Nxf4 Qxa2 27.Qc2 Bxf4+ 28.gxf4 b5 29.Kd2?

He should have tried to offer a queens exchange with 29.Qc2. Now black can penetrate through the open g-file or e-file

29...Rg7 30.Rhg1 Rcg8 31.Rxg7+ Rxg7 32.Ke3 Re7+ 33.Kf3 Re4!

Here I felt I was winning.

34.Rg1 Qc4! 35.b3 Qc8!

A nice manuever of the black queen. White is helpless.

36.Rg7+ Kb6 37.Qd2 Qh3+ 38.Rg3 Qh5+

A good time to resign: 39.Kf2 Qxh2+ or 39.Rg4 f5. White tries to hang on for a few more moves

39.Kg2 Re2+ 40.Qxe2 Qxe2 41.Kh3 a5

And here he resigned.


Here's how the other games went:
- The game you just saw was board 1
- On board 3, our player got a small advantage out of the opening, but couldn't turn it into something tangible. His opponent exchanged a lot of pieces, and an equal ending ensued. Draw
- On board 4, our guy played really well, sacrificing a piece to rip apart the defenses of the enemy king, then another piece for a forced mate. Win for us.
- But the star of the night was our player on board 2. Due to some middle game inaccuracies, he arrived at an endgame with 2 pawns less, and in a huge time trouble (3 minutes vs. 30 to his opponent). Here, he didn't despair, but began struggling really well, and his opponent, daunted by this sudden resistance, missed one clear win after another, blundered away one pawn (but was still winning!), and then blundered away the win entirely. Draw!!

The final result was 3-1 in our favour....

zdrak 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry, the comment after white's 29th move should be:

He should have tried to offer a queens exchange with 29.Qb1
triangulator 11 ( +1 | -1 )
good job! but Bg5 is not out of the book, but acually I won my first national tourney against Bg5- I sitll remember it- about a year and a half ago
tulkos 14 ( +1 | -1 )
yah, thats an opening I wanted to study a bit, but I never found any good sites on it and it is an opening that is necessary to study if you hope to win with it.
zdrak 22 ( +1 | -1 )
I am pretty sure there IS a book about 2.Bg5 (and I even know it's called Torre opening), but what I meant to say was that it's out of MY book. It was the first time I played against this move in a serious game.
t0ned0g 14 ( +1 | -1 )
hmmmm.... It's actually called the Trompovsky Opening.....their are a couple of books on it. Julian Hodgson is the specialist in it and if you look at his games you can learn alot!
peppe_l 197 ( +1 | -1 )
Torre Attack Is 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5, although similar development (1.d4 2.Nf3 3.Bg5) can be used against various black setups.

After 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 black has many options to choose from - one setup is c5, d5, Be7, b6, Bb7 etc.

Some lines

3...c5 (necessary, since black has to go for counter-attack in centre, for example thematic e4 cxd4!) 4.e3 d5 5.Nbd2 and now 5...Nbd7, Nc6, Be7, Qb6 and h6 are all good moves. Basically black chooses between classical d5 and flexible d6 setups, for example 4...Nc6 5.Nbd2 b6 6.c3 Bb7 7.Bd3 Be7. Both setups have pros and cons, 4...d5 lines can lead to a bit passive positions for black and generally white has relatively easy game. The control of e5 is important and in some cases too early 0-0 leads to Ne5, followed by a quick kingside attack where white - surprisingly - doesnt play 0-0 at all! For example famous Petrosian - Ljublinsky game 4.e3 Be7 5.Nbd2 d5 6.c3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 0-0?! 8.Ne5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.Bf4! etc. In d6 setups black has to watch out his move-orders too, for example 4...b6?! 5.d5! gives black problems. In some positions white can "change his plan" and play c4-Nc3.

The critical (and most theoretical) line is 4...Qb6, when after 5.Nbd2 Qxb2 white has reasonable compensation for the pawn. The quiet option is 5.Qc1 (5.b3? weakens dark squares too much after Bg5) and it is unclear can white really hope for an advantage.

Other lines...

3...h6 and 4.Bxf6 gives the bishop pair away, but misplaces black queen and gives good chances to grab the initiative by playing d4-e4, when it isnt easy for black to activate his bishops. Of course, 4.Bh4 is also good.

2...b6 3.Bg5 is good, although black propably equalizes with accurate play.

2...g6 3.Bg5 is playable, but certainly not promising. Black has numerous ways to equalize and the only practical advantage white has is some KID/Grunfeld players might not like positions after 3.Bg5 (too quiet and positional!).

Downsides of torre repertoire...you cant play it against 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 (2...e6 transposes) because after 3.Bg5?! Ne4! it is white who has to equalize! :-)

Also there are Dutch & Benoni etc.

I recommend Gembit Guide To The Torre Attack by Graham Burgess for those who want to try 1.d4 2.Nf3 3.Bg5

Well, enough typing for a day :-)
edmaster 11 ( +1 | -1 )