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”]
[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

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