The 'Killer' Move

  • GM Gserper
  • | 13 jan. 2013
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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:

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!


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  • 4 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    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 ! :)

  • 4 jaar geleden


    good attack ill search it on youtube

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  • 4 jaar geleden


    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.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Difference is, Sokolov is no Petrosian.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    @ 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).

  • 4 jaar geleden


    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...

  • 4 jaar geleden


    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 ;)

  • 4 jaar geleden


    gud article

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Great series!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    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

  • 4 jaar geleden


    it's similar to stonewall attack, only thing is; the bad bishop is already out of the pawn chain :D which is a good thing..

  • 4 jaar geleden


    thanks for the info!

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Great article! Thanks a lot :)

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I tried it for a while. The problem with it is that, after 1...d5, Black can get a knight on e4, supported by the pawn on d5, and, unlike the Trompowsky, White can't kick it with f3 because the White knight is already on that square. Later Black brings out the bishop to f5. I found this formation very unpleasant to play against, and I believe it's the main reason why the Torre is no longer fashionable.

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