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Carlos Torre Repetto vs Norman Tweed Whitaker
25th Western Championship (1924), Detroit, MI USA, rd 10, Aug-29
Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-03  cruzian: Game 22 in Velasco's book about Torre and in the interview included in the book Torre considered this his best achievement. (Meaning the endgame phase after his draw offer was declined ) However, I'm puzzled by the rook endgame
- Instead of 58 Rg5 58.Rf5+ Ke3 59.Rg5 Kf2 60.b4 gains a tempo compared to the game (but still looks like a draw )
- On move 58 Velasco writes
"Better was 58...g2, with some drawing chances". To me it seems that after 58...g2 black draws easily, for example [ 58...g2 59.Rxg2 Kxg2 60.a5 ( 60.b4 Rxc3 61.a5 Kf3 62.a6 Ke4 63.b5 Rc8 64.Kb3 Kd5 and black wins) 60...Kf3 61.Kb3 Ke4 62.Kc4 Rh8 and now white should settle for 63.a6 Ra8 64.Kb5 Kd5 65.Kb6 Rb8+ 66.Kc7 Rxb2 as 63. b4 63...Rc8+ 64.Kb5 Kd5 65.a6 Kd6 66.Ka5 Kc7 is starting to be dangerous for him.)

- Finally, Velasco does not comment move 63...Ke5?, but 63...Ke3! seems to draw: [ 63...Ke3!+ 64.Kc5 Kd3 65.a6 Kxc3 66.b5 Rh5+ 67.Kc6 Rh6+ ]

Has this game been analyzed in some other source?

Oct-08-03  drukenknight: good call on move 63.
Oct-09-03  Calli: 63...Ke3+ 64.Kd5 Kd3 65.a6 Kxc3 66.a7 Rh8 67.b5 seems to win
Oct-09-03  drukenknight: I think 65...Rc4 in that line.
Oct-09-03  Calli: <Cruzian>
"58...g2 black draws" I think you are correct. White's pawns are too slow.

58.Rf5+ - Can't quite see the extra tempo. White can get to Kc4 faster, but you have to omit a5.

The only other annotation I know of is in the original American Chess Bulletin in 1924 by Clarence Howell. It is lightly annotated. He doesn't say much about the endgame, analyzing only 59...Rg4 which loses easily.

Oct-09-03  drukenknight: Have you seen Whitaker's game vs Lasker? he beats the world champion w/ the center counter! it was a simul. Anyhow I just e mailed it to chessgames. com so we should see it shortly.
Oct-09-03  cruzian: <calli>
Calli: 63...Ke3+ 64.Kd5 Kd3 65.a6 Kxc3 66.a7 Rh8 67.b5 seems to win

Yes, 64.Kd5! is a better try than 64.Kc5, but after 65.a6 instead of 65...Kxc3? Black still can draw with 65...Ra5!+ 66.Kc6 Rh6+! 67.Kb7 and only now 67.Kxc3.

58.Rf5+ - Can't quite see the extra tempo. White can get to Kc4 faster, but you have to omit a5.

I meant here that with
[ 58.Rf5+ Ke3 59.Rg5 Kf2 60.Kb3 g2 61.Rxg2+ Kxg2 62.a5 Kf3 63.Kc4 Ke4 white gains a tempo compared to the continuation 58...g2 59.Rxg2 Kxg2 60.a5 Kf3 61.Kb3 Ke4 62.Kc4

In many cases the result depends on a single tempo, but here it does not seem to change the evaluation (draw).
But I no dot claim that this "the truth" about the position.

I was expecting that this ending would have been analyzed in some endgame source like Averbach, but maybe the game was not widely published before and therefore not get attention.

Oct-09-03  Calli: "Black still can draw with 65...Ra5!+ 66.Kc6 Rh6+! 67.Kb7" Right! I snatched the C pawn without looking around first. *oops*

Tempo with 58.Rf5+ . I think I see what you mean. After 58.Rf5+ Ke3 59.Rg5 Kf2 60.Kb3 g2 61.Rxg2+ Kxg2 62.a5 Kf3 63.Kc4 Ke4 64.b4, we get the game position except the Rook is at h3 instead of h4 in the game. Therefore he does not have a discovered check. Still, as you say, 64...Ke5 65.Kc5 Rxc3+ 66.Kb6 is drawn.

It is surprising that Torre considered this his best effort. The circumstances of the game was that Whitaker needed a win in the late rounds of the Western Association Championship to catch Torre. He took all kinds of chances and apparently didn't care about losing. He still finished in a tie for 2-4 place.

Jan-19-08  cruzian2: Happened to look at this game again recently, and checked my old analysis with 6 man table bases. 58...g2 is indeed a draw. But tablebases also show that even the game continuation (58... Rh4?!) was not losing, the losing mistake was 65...Rh8?
Black could still have drawn with 65...Rh3! 66. c4 Ra3 67.Kb6 Ra4!

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