Torre Plays the Torre at Moscow 1925
Carlos Torre - Em Lasker [A46]
Moscow International Tournament/Moscow (12) 1925
2... b6 3. Bg5 Bb7 4. Nbd2 d5 (4... c5!)
5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 e6?! 7. Ne5! a6?! 8. f4! Be7 9.
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!
4... Nc6 5. Nbd2 b6 6. c3 Bb7 7. Bd3 cxd4 8. exd4 Be7 9. Nc4 Qc7 10. Qd2 Rc8 11.
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!?
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!
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.
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.
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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