Radjabov T. (2648) - Naiditsch A. (2574)
Dortmund SuperGM/Dortmund (8) 2003
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.
Look out for this move and reinforce the Knight with f2-f4 if you can.
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... Bb7 is also playable: 12. Qe2 (12.
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.
g2-g4 is coming!
White has a winning position and this is virtually the only point in the game where calculations had to be made:
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!1-0
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....
A strike by Black against b2 is common. Make sure you are ready for it!
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.
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.
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
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.
Hammering home the attack. TIP Once the outright attack commences, it must proceed as quickly as possible.
Threatening the killing Qd3
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+
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.
This was just one standard plan nicely played by White. I would not call it complex or difficult to understand1-0
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.
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.
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.
At the cost of inheriting a weak pawn on d5, Black has freed his queenside pieces and threatens ...Bxh2+.
Carefully avoiding both
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
It's clear that Kogan is happy with a draw and also that Black cannot stop him!
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.1/2-1/2