Thursday, September 11, 2008

Li Chao missed a draw against Torre !

GM Eugene Torre (photo above) switch back to 5th gear ! photo from

Veteran GM Eugene Torre proved that age is not a factor when he beat GM Li Chao - the recent champion of DATMO 2008 in round 7 with black !. Torre - Asia first GM now lead the tournament with 6.5 points from 7 round !

GM Li,Chao (2590) - GM Eugene Torre (2524) [C45]
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 Ne5 8.Be2 d5 9.0–0 0–0 10.Nd2 Bb6 11.f4 N5c6 12.e5 Qh6 13.N2f3 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Nf5 15.Bf2 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 c5 17.Be3 d4 18.Bd2 Bf5 19.Bf3 Rad8 20.c4 Qe6 21.b3 Qe7 22.Qe2 Rfe8 23.g4 Bc8 24.Qg2 Qc7 25.a3 Ba5 26.b4 Bb6 27.Rac1 a5 28.b5 a4 29.Be4 Ba5 30.Bxa5 Qxa5 31.Bd3 Qc7 32.Rce1 g6 33.Qg3 Re7 34.f5 Rde8 35.b6 Qb8 36.Qf4 Rxe5 37.fxg6 fxg6 38.Qf7+ Kh8 39.Qf6+ Kg8 40.Be4 Be6 41.Bxg6 Rxe1 42.Rxe1 hxg6 43.Qxg6+ Kf8 44.Qh6+ Kf7 45.Qh7+ Kf6 46.g5+ Kxg5 47.Qg7+ Kf5 48.Rf1+??

This is the decisive blunder. Li Chao should settle for a draw with 48.Qh7+ Kf6 49.Qh6+ Kf7 50.Qh7+ Kf6 51.Qh6+ Kf5 52.Qh5+ Ke4 49.Qg6+ Ke3 50.Re1+ Kd2 51.Qb1 Rg8+ 52.Kh1 Bg4! Torre: Sorry Li Chao, there's no mating net.That's probably what Torre would said to Li Chao. The bishop cover the important d1 square and threatening ...Bf3++ 53.Rf1 Qe8 54.h3 Bf3+ 55.Rxf3 Qe1+ 56.Qxe1+ Kxe1 57.Rf7 d3 0–1

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