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Eugenio Torre vs Eduard Gufeld
"Pressing the Advantage" (game of the day Sep-11-2018)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (1994), it, rd 1
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0



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Jul-31-05  SneechLatke: 66...♔h6! Nice try by Gufeld. It looks like he overestimated his position and created too many weaknesses around his king, leading to desicive material loss
Sep-06-05  rjsolcruz: Torre is very much at home with the positions arising from this variation of the Sicilian. He is like fish in the water, so to speak or write.
Aug-25-09  brucealexander: Why convert to a Rook instead of a Queen in the last move?
Aug-25-09  MaxxLange: <brucealexander>66 g8=Q would stalemate Black, which was the point of 65...Kh6
Aug-26-09  brucealexander: <MaxxLange> Thanks, I hadn't noticed that.
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  Phony Benoni: I would have found it difficult to resist promotion to a bishop. It takes longer to win, but I might never get another chance..
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  perfidious: <PB>, the only drawback of promoting to a bishop, which would have had its droll aspects, was that it would have prolonged the game even more--obviously Torre did not want to fall in with his opponent's wishes.
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  Breunor: The losing move was 30... Bc8?

Stockfish gives:

1) +2.98 (24 ply) 31.Be4 Qc7 32.Qh4 Bb7 33.Qxf6 Bxe4 34.Bxe5 Qe7 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Qxh7+ Ke6 37.Bg7 Rd8 38.Re1 Kd7 39.fxe4 Qf7 40.Qh4 Qxg7 41.Rd1+ Bd4 42.e5 Kc7 43.Rxd4 g5 44.Qe4 Rxd4

45.Qxd4 Qd7 46.Qd5 Qf5 47.Kg1 Qb1+ 48.Kf2 Qxb2+ 49.Kg3 Qxa2 50.Kg4 b5 51.Qd6+ Kb7

Instead Re8 is even:

1) +0.36 (22 ply) 31.Be4 Qc8 32.Qxc8 Bxc8 33.b4 Be7 34.Bd5+ Kg7 35.g4 Rd8 36.Rd2 h5 37.h3 Bd7 38.Kg2 hxg4 39.hxg4 Rb8 40.Rd3 Be8 41.Kg3 Bf7 42.Bxf7 Kxf7

After 34 Bd5 white is way up:

1) +9.07 (29 ply) 34...Be6 35.Qxe5 Bxd5 36.Qh8+ Kf7 37.Qf6+ Kg8 38.cxd5 Qf8 39.Qh8+ Kf7 40.Qxh7+ Ke8 41.Qxg6+ Kd8 42.Bf6 Kc8 43.Bxe7 Qxe7 44.Qc6+ Qc7 45.Qa8+ Qb8 46.Qxa6+ Kd8 47.d6 Bxd6 48.Qc4 Kd7 49.Qb5+ Kc7 50.Rc1+ Kd8 51.Re1 Be7 52.Rd1+ Bd6 53.Qc6 Ke7 54.Re1+ Be5 55.Qd5 Qd6 56.Qxe5+ Qxe5 57.Rxe5+ Kd6 58.Rg5 Kc6

According to stockfish white erred wit 37 Qh7ch, Qf6 keeps the lead at +9, but white still has an enormous lead at over +4.

Sep-11-18  Ironmanth: A great fight! That Black Rook on a8 seemed a real problem nearly all game long. Thanks, chessgames.
Sep-11-18  wordfunph: GM Torre, endgame master!

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