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H Spiller vs Georgi Orlov
92nd US Open (1991), Los Angeles (USA)
Mexican Defense: General (A50)  ·  0-1



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May-26-05  notyetagm: 18 ... ♕xa2! exploits the <overworked> White a1-rook (19 ♖xa2? ♖f1#). Then after the blunder 19 ♖b1?, Black <removes the guard> of the backrank with 19 ... ♕xb1+! and White resigns (20 ♗xb1 ♖f1#). The White bishop on c2 provides <illusory protection> for the b1-rook: it defends the rook from material loss but it cannot handle the rook's defensive duty (i.e., defending the f1-square from b1 like the rook does).
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  FSR: Amazingly, Joel Benjamin pulled off the exact same trick in Stephen Brudno vs J Benjamin, 2001. See his article at
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  perfidious: A funny story I've mentioned elsewhere: in the World Open blitz event in 1991, one of my opponents was Orlov, and after he played 2....Nc6, I played 3.Nc3 without thought. He quickly got the better game and destroyed me in under twenty-five moves, even whilst missing a quicker win.

That was a brutal event: they did the pairings in bizarre fashion, with 52 players in four groups-the top thirteen, then 14-26, and so forth. At about 2380, guess who was seeded thirteenth? ROFL

The opponents I remember were Benjamin, Browne, Gildardo Garcia, Tate, Zaichik, Miles Ardaman, Bob Rowley, Leslie Leow and at least one other Russian IM.

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  FSR: <perfidious> I've been playing the Tango in blitz lately. I really like it. People don't know what to do, it's really natural to play, and White can easily get destroyed. About 10% of my games go 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3?! e5 4.d5 Ne7 5.e4 Ng6 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.Nge2?? Ng4! and White can resign, especially after 8.0-0? Qh4 9.h3 Nxf2.
Jun-08-11  DarthStapler: I drew Gildardo Garcia once
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  AylerKupp: As played (with 3.Nc3) Black's approach makes a certain amount of sense. Black avoids the gambit nature of the Budapest and strikes White's center immediately. Then gets rid of his DSB, puts his pawns on dark squares, and with the closed nature of the position the 2 knights are not inferior to the 2 bishops. Plus, unlike the KID, the DSB doesn't get in the way of the rooks after the k-side pawns are pushed.

Therefore I would think that 3.Nf3 makes more sense, delaying the ...e5 push and not allowing Black to get rid of his DSB. Or, if he still does by 3...Bb4+, at least it eliminates doubled c-pawns by either 4.Nd2 or 4.Bd2.

But why is it called the Mexican Defense?

Apr-03-13  Shams: <AylerKupp> <But why is it called the Mexican Defense?>

Because of Carlos Torre Repetto:

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  AylerKupp: Thanks, <Shams>. BTW, his record with it was not too shabby; 2 wins, 2 draws per the database. And,of course, the Torre Attack is also named after him.
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  ToTheDeath: Take it off, take it Orlov!
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  perfidious: Further note for <FSR> re Philly '91: two very strong players didn't even make the top group--Tony Saidy and Jorge Sammour Hasbun. Not sure how the hell I got there and they did not.

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