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Irving Spero vs Carlos Torre Repetto
25th Western Championship (1924), Detroit, MI USA, rd 2, Aug-23
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: A nice example of how to play this variation with Black, keeping the pressure on and not allowing White to develop properly.
Jul-04-07  syracrophy: 20. ♔d2 c6 21. ♘h2 <Returning one pawn to resist the attack> 21... cxd5 22. ♘f3 ♕e4 23. cxd5 ♕xd5+ 24. ♘d4 ♖e5 25. ♖hf1 ♗e4 26. ♖f2 ♖fe8 27. a3 <It was preferable 27.b3, but anyways Black had 27...Qa5!> 27... b5 28. ♖af1 ♕a2 29. ♔e1 ♗xg2!? <A sophisticated combination, but unnecesary. More simple was 29...Bd5!, with the double threat 39...Bc4 and 30...Rxe3> 30. ♖xg2 ♖xe3 31. ♖xg7+! <The great "in-between" move! Now Black's work gets harder> 31...♔h8 <Maybe more secure was 31...Kf8, but not 31...Kxg7? 32.Nf5+ winning> 32. ♖fxf7 ♕b1+ 33. ♔f2 ♖xe2+ 34. ♘xe2 ♕c2 35. ♖h7+ ♕xh7 36. ♖xh7+ ♔xh7 <Now we have reached a tough endgame. Carlos Torre wins it instructively> 37. ♘f4 ♔g7 38. ♔f3 ♔f6 39. ♘d5+ ♔g5 40. ♘e3 <In case of 40.Nc7 Re5! would be strong. And if 40.b3 Kh4 41.Kg2 Rg8+ 42.Kh2 Rg3 and Black wins> 40... ♖d8 41. c4 bxc4 42. ♘xc4 ♖d3+ 43. ♔e4 <Of course not 43.Kg2 Kh4> 43... ♖xh3 <And White resigned> 0-1

Jul-04-07  syracrophy: Irving Spero - Carlos Torre
Detroit, 1924

1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗c4 ♘f6 4. ♘g5 d5 5. exd5 ♘a5 6. d3!? h6 <A mistake would have been 6...Nxd5? 7.Qf3 Be6 8.Nxe6 fxe6 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qxe5 > 7. ♘f3 e4 <Also good is 7...Nxc4 8.dxc4 Bd6 9.h3 0-0 10.Nc3 c6 11.a3 cxd5 12.cxd5 Re8, etc> 8. ♕e2 ♘xc4 9. dxc4 ♗c5 <It's important to avoid 10.Nd4, but also good is 9...Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Nd4 c6 13.Nc3 Bb4 14.Bd2 cxd5 15.0-0-0 0-0 with good game ( Korchnoi vs Suetin, 1952)>10. h3 <More usual is 10.Nfd2 0-0 11.Nb3 Bg4 12.Qf1 Bb4+ 13.c3> 10... O-O 11. ♘h2 e3! 12. ♗xe3 ♗xe3 13. fxe3 ♘e4 <White's two pawns up, but his position's already very weak. The threats now are 14...Ng3, the check on h4 and ...Qf6> 14. ♘f1 ♕f6! <Stronger than 14...Qh4+, that was played in Korchnoi vs Sliwa, 1954, with a loss for Black> 15. c3 ♗f5 16. ♕f3 ♖ae8 <Much better than 16...Qe5> 17. ♘bd2 ♕e5 18. ♘xe4 ♗xe4 19. ♕e2 ♗h7 <Avoids castling, because if 19.0-0-0? Qe4 20.Kd2 <Unique!> Re5 22.Ng3 Qg6 23.Nf1 Rfe8 with a strong attack>

Jul-04-07  Atking: <syracrophy:> Is 14.0-0 bad? I mean White is 2 pawns for the minor exchange. It could be playable.
Jul-04-07  syracrophy: <Atking> It's playable. In fact, Steinitz had this position from an analysis at home, and he concluded that the best reply was 14.0-0
Jul-05-07  Atking: Thanks for your answer <syracrophy>

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Round 2 (Saturday, August 23)L CSM, 1924.10.21; ACB 1924:174
from US Open 1924, Detroit = 25th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
September / October, p. 174 [Game 139 / 4601]
from American Chess Bulletin 1924 by Phony Benoni

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