Philidor Counter Gambit: Torres Variation

Below is my contribution to the theory of the Philidor Counter-Gambit(1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 f5.) According to my databases, I am the first and only player to employ exd4 after white plays 4 d3. I feel that the “Torres Variation” gives black a fine game with interesting play for both sides. Below is a recent example of this line in action:

[Event “FICS rated blitz game”]
[Site “FICS freechess.org”]
[FICSGamesDBGameNo “318556247”]
[White “Fzoozle”]
[Black “chessmusings”]
[WhiteElo “1704”]
[BlackElo “1663”]
[TimeControl “300+0”]
[Date “2012-11-30”]
[Time “14:52:00”]
[Duration “0:07:41”]
[WhiteClock “0:05:00.000”]
[BlackClock “0:05:00.000”]
[Result “0-1”]
[LongResult “White checkmated”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 f5 4. Bd3 exd4 5. Nxd4 fxe4 6. Bxe4 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. Qh5+ g6 10. Bxg6+ hxg6 11. Qxg6+ Kf8 12. c3 Nc6 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Nd2 Qe7+ 15. Kd1 Rg8 16. Qh6+ Bg7 17. Qf4+ Qf7 18. Qe4 d5 19. Qb4+ Ke8 20. Re1+ Kd8 21. Nf3 Ba6 22. Ng5 Qh5+ 23. Nf3 Kc8 24. Re7 Bf8 25. Qa5 Bxe7 26. Qxa6+ Kd7 27. Kc2 Rab8 28. Re1 Qf5+ 29. Kc1 Bg5+ 30. Nxg5 Qxg5+ 31. Kc2 Rxb2+ 32. Kxb2 Qd2+ 33. Kb3 Rb8+ 34. Ka3 Qxc3+ 35. Ka4 Qb4#  {White checkmated} 0-1

View chess game http://ficsgames.org/cgi-bin/show.cgi?ID=318556247here.

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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