Torre Plays the Torre at Moscow 1925

Carlos Torre - Em Lasker [A46]

Moscow International Tournament/Moscow (12) 1925


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6

2... b6 3. Bg5 Bb7 4. Nbd2 d5 (4... c5!) 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 e6?! 7. Ne5! a6?! 8. f4! Be7 9. O-O c5 10. c3 O-O 11. Qf3 Nxe5? 12. fxe5 Nd7? 13. Qh3! g6 (13... h6? 14. Bxh6) 14. Bh6 c4?! 15. Bc2 b5 16. Rf2 Qb6 17. Raf1 f5 18. exf6 Rxf6 19. Nf3 Re8 20. Qg3 Nf8 21. Ne5 Qd8 22. h4 (22. Ng4!) 22... Rf5 23. Bxf5 Bxh4 24. Bxg6!! Bxg3 25. Bf7+ Kh8 26. Bxe8 Bxf2+ 27. Rxf2 Qxe8 28. Rxf8+ 1-0 Torre-Verlinsky/Moscow 1925 (28)

 

3. Bg5

I had never been a great believer in the Torre Attack and the openingpositions that Torre achieved with it were rarely impressive (with the exception of the game with Verlinsky above) at Moscow 1925. At the same time, though, he achieved a 3.5-.5 score with it!

 

3... c5 4. e3 cxd4!?

4... Nc6 5. Nbd2 b6 6. c3 Bb7 7. Bd3 cxd4 8. exd4 Be7 9. Nc4 Qc7 10. Qd2 Rc8 11. O-O h6 12. Bf4 d6 13. Rfe1 Nd8 14. Qd1 Nd5 15. Bg3 O-O 16. Nh4 g5 17. Qh5 Kg7 18. Rxe6 Nxe6 19. Nf5+ Kg8 20. Nxh6+ 1-0 Torre,C-Saemisch,F/Moscow 1925 (20) 4... Qb6!?

 

5. exd4 Be7 6. Nbd2 d6 7. c3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 b6 9. Nc4

9. O-O Bb7 10. Re1 O-O 11. Nf1?! Re8 12. Ng3 Qc7 13. Bc2 Nf8 14. Qd3 Rac8 15. Rad1 Nd5 16. Nh5?! (16. Bxe7=) 16... Nb4 17. cxb4 Qxc2 18. Bxe7 Qxd3 19. Rxd3 Rxe7 20. d5 Ng6?! 21. dxe6 Rxe6 22. Red1 Bxf3 23. gxf3 Nh4 24. Kf1 Nf5?! 25. Ng3 Nxg3+ 26. hxg3 Rd8 27. Rc1 Kf8 28. f4 Rd7 29. Rc8+ Re8 30. Rc4 1/2-1/2 Torre,C-Gruenfeld,E/Moscow 1925 (30)

 

9... Bb7 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. O-O O-O 12. Rfe1 Rfe8 13. Rad1 Nf8 14. Bc1!?

This is the beginning of a very imaginative if somewhat artificial plan to bring his pieces to the kingside for an attack. Better perhaps to contest the d5 square with something like 14. Ne3 h6 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. d5!?

 

14... Nd5 15. Ng5!? b5! 16. Na3 b4 17. cxb4 Nxb4 18. Qh5 Bxg5 19. Bxg5 Nxd3 20. Rxd3

One can only assume that Torre has here achieved his goal as conceived on move 14. But Lasker has seen further, at least up to this point!

 

20... Qa5!

A powerful move that points up the awkward placement of White's pieces. The Queen here attacks the Rook at e1, pins the Bishop at g5 (threatening ...f6) and even keeps the wayward Knight at a3 from getting back in the game easily. Torre is forced to sacrifice a pawn to keep from losing more material.

 

21. b4 Qf5?!

According t o a story told by Lasker biographer Hannak and repeated by Torre biographer Velasco, Lasker here had opened a telegram informing him that a play he had written was to be produced. He was therefore distracted from his game and made the following series of compounding errors that basically handed the game to Torre. It is not widely known, by the way, that Lasker was a creative writer. In fact, the Cleveland Library has an unfinished novel of Lasker's in their collection. Best according to Nimzovich in "My System" is 21... Qd5! 22. Rg3 (22. Qg4 e5) 22... h6! 23. Bf6 Ng6 24. Rxg6 fxg6 25. Qxg6 Qxg2+! 26. Qxg2 Bxg2 Accepting the pawn only helps White coordinate his forces after 21... Qxb4?! 22. Rb1 Qa5 23. Nc4 with compensation.

 

22. Rg3 h6? 22... f6! 23. Nc4 Re7 24. Nxd6 Qd5 25. Ne4 fxg5

 

23. Nc4! Qd5?

A likely draw follows 23... hxg5 24. Nxd6 Qg6 25. Qxg6 Nxg6 26. Nxb7 Reb8 27. Nc5 Rxb4 28. Rxg5 Rxd4=

 

24. Ne3 Qb5?

Relatively better was 24... Qxd4 25. Rd1 Qe4 26. Bxh6 Ng6 27. Bg5 though White has a clear advantage due to the open h-file.

 

25. Bf6!!

The beginning of Torre's famous "windmill sacrifice"! All other moves hand Black the edge.

 

25... Qxh5 26. Rxg7+ Kh8 27. Rxf7+ Kg8 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Rxb7+ Kg8 30. Rg7+ Kh8 31. Rg5+ 31. Rxa7+ 31... Kh7 32. Rxh5 Kg6 33. Rh3 33. g4! 33... Kxf6 34. Rxh6+ Kg5 35. Rh3 and the win is easy as White is up three pawns. 35... Reb8 36. Rg3+ Kf6 37. Rf3+ Kg6 38. a3 a5 39. bxa5 Rxa5 40. Nc4 Rd5 41. Rf4 Nd7 42. Rxe6+ Kg5 43. g3 1-0

 

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