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The 'Killer' Move

  • GM Gserper
  • | 13 sty 2013
  • | 42700 odsłon
  • | 30 komentarzy

The Torre Attack is not a particularly popular opening these days. Wikipedia says that " The Torre Attack is rarely met in modern top-flight play, and statistical analysis shows that it is not particularly advantageous for White." Maybe so, but it can be a real nightmare for an unprepared chess player. The innocent looking development of White's pieces can turn into a deadly attack, provided that White manages to utilize the 'killer' move Nf3-e5. Then Black has a choice either to tolerate such a powerful Knight or just to eliminate it. Let's examine both cases:



As you could see in the above mentioned games, after the trade White's 'e5' pawn really cramps Black position and allows White to start a very dangerous attack. So, maybe Black shouldn't capture the Ne5? Let's see:



As you could see, Petrosian has won a bunch of very impressive games with the Torre Attack. So, it is not a big surprise that many chess players noticed this opening (which was considered not dangerous for Black at that time). GM Boris Spassky even decided to use it in his World Championship Match game! There was one little problem though...he was playing it against Tigran Petrosian! The danger of such an approach was discussed in last week's article:

http://www.chess.com/article/view/playing-in-your-opponents-backyard

Spassky managed to play the 'killer' move, but something went very wrong...

So, what was wrong? Why did the 'killer' move really work there? The explanation is pretty simple: the Ne5 move prepares the kingside attack, except Black hasn't castled there and White had nothing to attack! That's why the opening is not very popular these days and top GMs don't play it, right? Well, not exactly. GM Andrei Sokolov showed that he was familiar with the previous game and was going to crush White's position a-la the great Tigran Petrosian, but his opponent had his own ideas. By the way, here GM Sokolov was playing in his opponent's backyard as well Smile.


As you can see, this opening is better than it's reputation and can be a very dangerous weapon.  Why it is not very popular these days? In my opinion it is just a matter of chess fashion.  Just wait and see what happens if one day the mighty Magnus decides to play it.  Meanwhile, you can try it in your games and see what your opponent can show against the 'killer' move.

Good luck!

Komentarze


  • 13 miesięcy temu

    CP6033

    In my opinion it depends a lot on who is playing what the end result is. Unless you are a titled player even with a huge advantage you can't expect to win agaisnt such masters as Petrosian and Spassky. Maybe you get an advantage and maybe you don't it depends on you skill level.

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Kingssac

    If 2 Nf3 b6 instead of 2 ...e6, as you propose, I believe white would play c4 right away, more than Bg5. After 2 ... b6, there is no way you can enter a queen's gambit declined, unless you wanna repeat the Capablanca-Lasker (5th of the match, if I remember well)...As that game and Alekhine-Teichmann of the same period show, an early ..b6 is dangerous for black. You need to castle, otherwise moves like Qa4, Bb5 and indeed Ne5 will put you in trouble on the white squares (in particular c6 and d7, usually pinned because of the black king still in e8).

    Take a look :).

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Guten7

    ups, i ate a move, but lets take this move order: 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. Bg5 e6 4. e3 Bb7 5. Bd3 Be7 6. O-O c5 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. c3
    as you can see its possible to delay d5 and its from game E. Lobron (~2500elo) vs M. Erwich (~2400 elo). Idea of taking Bf6 and playing c4 is great when theres pawn on d5, but there is none. Of course white can change his plans, but still changing means this is small win for black, because he stoped (or can stop) "killer move Ne5" from this article.

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Kingssac

    Ok, wait wait. In your opening, you forgot to move the "e" pawn for white. He cant play 3 Bd3 after 1 d4 and 2 Nf3. But the important thing is: after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6, white can easily play Bg5 and THEN decide if to play c4, e3, change in f6 and so on. This because you have the Nf6 as a "target" for the bishop. Many will play like this, and exchange in f6, then play c:d5 when possible with the minority attack on the queenside as idea. That strategy requires for black to play VERY actively not to be crushed, and many QGD/QGA players with black are out of their comfort zone (usually preferring a solid position even if passive, or an ultra-sharp one instead of a slow positional crush).

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Guten7

    Im talking about plan, not specific move order, but for example 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bd3 (if really white want to delay c3 and Nbd2) b6 4. 0-0 Bb7 and white have to commit do Nbd2 or c3 before i move my d-pawn. If white goes for other move, then I might play d5.
    On Internet people often dont even look at blacks development but just play couple of moves they planed and they fall for "d6" trap.

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Kingssac

    It's unlikely White will commit with c3 or Nbd2 before you push d5. This formation is basically to avoid some sharp Slav or  the isolated d pawn typical of the QGA. If you dont push d5, white will not employ it. Which variation did you have in mind?

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Guten7

    Problem is that when you see c3 and Nbd2 you know whats coming. I like to play queen-indians formations (when d5 is delayed) so its really easy to stop for me. I just play d6 and with one move stop whole whites plan ! :)

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    hardknightwon

    good attack ill search it on youtube

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    sryiwannadraw

    gg

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    mherma3

    thanks!

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    mobidi

    And ...Aronian is no Petrosian-just look his last game vs Carlsen Embarassed.He played very nice vs Old Indiann (like Tigran),but REALIZATION-b5 and after it Rf5-KILLERS MOVE,but Aronian is far from Petrosian.

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Mischa

    Difference is, Sokolov is no Petrosian.

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    Kingssac

    The early c3 from Spassky is because if that doesnt get played, Qb6 practically forces white to sac a pawn (b2, as Qc1 is way too passive and slow, black's equal already). With the early c3, black can kill the game by c:d, going into symmetry, where white really has next to nothing: you need to get severely outplayed to lose that. Petrosian was playing this for a while, because he believed that "...in the queen's gambit, black can achieve complete equality with the Queen's indian defense...", but later he created his own 4 a3 system, so he played this one very little.

    It's an OK opening, you risk little, there's no sharp stuff you need to learn to have an appropriate position...it's fine, but dont expect these crushing advantages against an equally strong opponent.

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    HNO2

    @ veggie monster, it doesn't necessarily mean that the advantage is minimal, it just means that the nature of the position is different, modern Grandmasters on average may prefer more dynamic openings instead of aiming for a slower positional game. Jan Timman played it fairly often, and it has been played in at least 40 master games this year.

     

    I personally enjoy openings such as the london system and torre attack, it's just part of my playing style (probably because the stronger players at my local chess club play it too).

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    FM VEGGIE-MONSTER

    I'm not sure why you think it's popularity should increase - it's basically just a reversed Slav. Obviously, if white does have an advantage then it is hardly serious, at least compared to playing the QG. It's often chosen in blitz because of its simplicity, as well as by players who are too lazy or too busy to learn better chess openings. Stronger players may also play it if they think they can outplay their opponent in the middle game, and prefer not to conduct an opening debate. But it's never going to be popular at the top level, and the reason is simple: There are better options...

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    kenshin89

    Thank you! this is the first article I read here and I really enjoyed, I did not expect it to be as good (no offense). Thank you again and I hope to see more like this ;)

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    euwe2011

    gud article

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    andrushek

    Great series!

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    hsparihar

    Great Artical, Thanks of Lot!

  • 15 miesięcy temu

    chictomana

    notice that: (Petrosian as white)

    in game 1 white doesn't moves it's king

    in game 2 whites moves it's king from e1 to d2

    in game 3 whites moves it's king from e1 to f1

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