Radjabov T. (2648) - Naiditsch A. (2574)

Dortmund SuperGM/Dortmund (8) 2003


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 Be7 5. Nbd2 d5 6. c3 Nbd7 7. Bd3

The basic Torre Attack position with the white minor pieces comfortably developed. If as here, Black allows White to put a Knight on e5,he should do so.

7... b6 8. Ne5!

Look out for this move and reinforce the Knight with f2-f4 if you can.

8... Nxe5

8... Bb7 9. f4 Ne4 10. Bb5! would be disasterous for Black.

9. dxe5 Nd7 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. f4 O-O?!

This game just goes to show you that even a Grandmaster can underestimate the power of White's coming attack. Black is walking straight into trouble.

11... f6 12. exf6 gxf6 Webster,A-Tiviakov,S/Oakham 1992 is more flexible. WARNING One inaccuracy by Black can often be enough thanks to White's obvious kingside pressure.

11... Bb7 is also playable: 12. Qe2 (12. O-O f5 13. exf6 gxf6 14. e4 O-O-O 15. Qe2 Qd6 16. Ba6 Nb8 17. Bxb7+ Kxb7 18. Rae1 Kosic,D-Shipov,S/Athens 1997) 12... a6 (12... f6 13. exf6 gxf6 14. e4 O-O-O 15. exd5 Bxd5 16. Be4 Qd6 17. O-O Kasparov,G-De la Fuente Gonzalez,F/Galicia 1991) 13. O-O b5 14. Nf3 h6 15. Bc2 Nb6 16. a4 bxa4 17. Bxa4+ Nxa4 18. Rxa4 O-O Kovacevic,S-Morovic Fernandez,I/Las Palmas 1995

12. Nf3

12. Qh5 f5 13. g4

12... f5?

Suicidal. Black denies himself any counterplay and encourages White to lever open the position with g2-g4.

12... f6 simply has to be played, but I still prefer White, whose attack is in full swing. 13. Qc2 fxe5 14. Bxh7+ Kh8 15. g3 (15. Ng5 exf4 16. exf4 Rxf4 17. h4) (15. fxe5 Rxf3 16. gxf3 Qh4+) 15... exf4 16. exf4 e5 17. O-O-O

13. Rg1!

g2-g4 is coming!

13... Kh8 14. g4 g6 15. h4 Bb7 16. h5 fxg4 17. Rxg4

17. hxg6 h5 18. Rh1 gxf3 19. Rxh5+ Kg8 20. Rh7 Qd8 21. Qxf3 is also crushing

17... g5!?

17... gxh5 18. Rg5 Rf7 19. Rxh5 Nf8 20. Qd2

18. Nxg5 d4 19. exd4 cxd4 20. cxd4!

White has a winning position and this is virtually the only point in the game where calculations had to be made:

20... h6

20... Rxf4 21. Rxf4 Qxg5 22. Qg4

20... Qb4+ this is the only remotely worrying variation 21. Qd2 Qxd4 22. Nxe6 Qd5 23. Nxf8 Qh1+ 24. Bf1 Qe4+ 25. Qe2 Qb4+ 26. Kf2 Rxf8 27. Kg3 The Black attack is over.

21. Ne4 Rg8

21... Qb4+ 22. Qd2 Qxd4 23. f5! Rf7 24. Qxh6+ Rh7 25. Qxh7+ Kxh7 26. Ng5+

22. Nd6 Nf6 23. Rg6! Rxg6 24. hxg6 Nd5 25. Qh5 Kg7 26. f5

This is the type of crushing initiative you can expect every so often when you employ the Torre Attack. Black's main sin in this game was his casual approach to the initial moves. His sense of danger only kicked in when it was too late!

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Koziak V. (2468) - Jolly J. (2365)

Guingamp (7) 2009


I don't suppose White expended a great deal of effort on the coming game. It was easy to make his moves all through. Yet pressure built on Black and a mistake came. Game over! If only chess was so simple....

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. c3 Qb6

A strike by Black against b2 is common. Make sure you are ready for it!

5. Qb3 d5

White relies on a small advantage after 5... Qxb3 6. axb3 White has the a file and slightly more control of the centre. As Black gains nothing whatsoever from the exchange, Jolly refrains from the swap.

6. e3 Nc6 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. Be2!

This one made me sit up and take notice. Isn't the Bishop supposed to go to d3?

I think White rejected 8 Bd3 due to the line 8. Bd3 c4! 9. Qxb6 axb6 10. Bc2 b5 11. e4 b4 Now it's Black who owns the a file and has pawn lever on the queenside. Admitttedly,this should not add up to much with correct play, but why give the opponent anything at all? Routine play leads to complacency. Judge each position on its own merits.

8... Bd7 9. O-O O-O 10. Ne5 Qc7

10... Qxb3 11. Nxb3! gives Black surprising problems thanks to the threat of Bxf6 followed by Nxd7. I am sure Jolly understimated the difficulties. Now,of course, White has his easy plan of backing up the Knight with f2-f4 and commencing the Kingside attack. 11... cxd4 12. Bxf6

11. f4! Rfc8 12. Rae1 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Ndf3 Be8 15. Qd1

The White Queen comes over to join the party. What Black needs is counterplay, but there is precious little to be found. He is sitting and watching White take him apart.

15... b5 16. Bd3 Qb6 17. Ng4! Be7 18. f5!

Hammering home the attack. TIP Once the outright attack commences, it must proceed as quickly as possible.

18... exf5 19. Bxf5 Rd8 20. Bb1

Threatening the killing Qd3

20... h5 21. Nf2 g6 22. Nd3 c4 23. Nf4 Bf6

This position is not so easy for Black, as can be seen from the following attractive lines. White can pulverize the Black King position: 23... Qb8 24. Qc2 Qd6 (24... a5 25. Nxh5) 25. Nxh5

23... f5 24. Qc2 b4 (24... Rd6 25. Qf2 a5 26. Qg3 Kh7 27. Nxh5! gxh5 28. Ng5+ Kh8 29. Rxf5 Rg6 30. Ref1) 25. Qf2 bxc3 26. bxc3 Rd6 27. Qg3 Kh7 28. Nxh5 gxh5 29. Ng5+ Bxg5 30. Rxf5!! Bxe3+ 31. Kh1 Rg6 32. Qxe3 Qc7 33. Rxh5+ Kg8 34. Bxg6 Bxg6 35. Qe6+ Bf7 36. Rg5+ Kh7 37. Qh3+

24. e4 dxe4 25. Rxe4

I can just see White ( who is a very strong player) , bashing out these moves on a kind of autopilot. With all honesty,masters can play standard attacking build-ups of this type with eyes closed. The need usually comes to pay attention to detail at the end, but even that is not necessary here.

25... Bd7??

Naturally,Black is still much worse after 25... Rac8 26. Ree1 Bg7 27. Qc2 with ideas of Nxh5 in the air 27... Rd6

26. Nd5

This was just one standard plan nicely played by White. I would not call it complex or difficult to understand

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Kogan B. (2475) - Christiansen L. (2515)

USA-ch/Greenville (1) 1983


The Torre is based on a rock-solid development plan, so even if Black knows exactly how to respond or gets aggressive he can often find himself banging his head aganst a brick wall. Club sometimes make small mistakes, so it is nice to be playing the type of position that is almost fireproof . It is very difficult to make a game-losing mistake as White in the Torre. In our coming game, one of the most dangerous attacking players the United States has ever produced, struggles to open the game as Black, but can get nowhere against the Torre formation.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 h6 5. Bxf6

5. Bh4 keeps a bit more tension in the position. It's a question of taste,but I think Kogan was aiming for clarity agaisnt Christiansen. He wanted first and foremost to get to a situatiion where Black could not disply his remarkable attacking skill.

5... Qxf6 6. Nbd2 cxd4 7. exd4 Nc6 8. c3 d5 9. Bd3 Bd6 10. O-O O-O 11. Qe2

This is a nice position for White if he wishes to insure himself against losing. His pieces are all working well together, he has a safe King and the Rooks are poised to come into the game. Left alone, White's plan is surely Rae1 and Ne5, followed by f2-f4, so Black takes action. TIP Aim for coherent development in the Torre. This will always stand you in good stead.

11. Re1 e5

11... Re8 12. Rae1 e5! 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Bxe5

At the cost of inheriting a weak pawn on d5, Black has freed his queenside pieces and threatens ...Bxh2+.

15. Qd1!

Carefully avoiding both

15. Qh5 Qf4! and

15. Qf3 Qg5 both of which give Black plenty of activity to compensate him for the isoalted pawn.

15... Bd7 16. Nf3 Bc7

16... Bg4 17. Be2! is a continuation of the same solid strategy, Black is quite unable to make any headway against the White kingside and still stands a bit worse due to the pawn on d5. 17... Bf4 (17... Bxf3 18. Bxf3 d4 19. c4) 18. Nd4! Bxe2 19. Rxe2

17. Rxe8+ Rxe8 18. Re1

It's clear that Kogan is happy with a draw and also that Black cannot stop him!

18... Rxe1+ 19. Qxe1 Kf8 20. Nd4

20. Qe3 Bb6

20... Qe5 21. Qxe5 Bxe5 22. g3 Bxd4 23. cxd4 g5 24. f4 f6 25. Kf2 Ke7 26. h4

White has retained his small edge to the end. Now you may quite rightly ask me: 'who wants to play for a draw with White'? I would say it is very useful to be able to play an opening where you have this option in your locker. The average player quite regularly ends up playing chess when tired, on call of duty. Economy of effort is not at all a bad thing at these moments. The Torre will allow you to set up a promising position, with no development problems, without expending too much energy. It is thus a very practical opening Busy chessplayers need to find coping solutions when forming an opening repertoire.

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