|Moves||1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 (shown)
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5
|ECO||A46, D03 (respectively)|
|Named after||Carlos Torre|
|Parent||Queen's Pawn Game|
(ECO code A46), or the Tartakower Variation:
(ECO code D03).
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White pursues quick and harmonious development, will bolster his d4-pawn by c2–c3, then often enforces e2–e4 to obtain attacking chances on the kingside as the Torre Bishop pins the f6-knight. If White plays an early c4, the opening will transpose to a number of more common Queen Pawn Openings, such as the Queen's Gambit or one of the various Indian defences.
The opening is named after the Mexican grandmaster Carlos Torre Repetto, who beat former World Champion Emanuel Lasker with it. The variation was also employed by Savielly Tartakower, Boris Spassky, and the young Tigran Petrosian. Among top-level players it perhaps has been most utilized by Jan Timman, Alexey Dreev, and Pentala Harikrishna.
The Torre Attack is rarely met in modern top-flight play as a "Go to or Primary" system, and statistics show that it is not particularly advantageous for White. However, due to its calm nature and relative lack of theory, it is popular at club level, giving white chances to seize a middle game initiative. In recent years it has also been played against the black "fianchetto bishop" pawn structure.
- Palliser[page needed]
- http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessopening?eco=D03 Torre Attack - Chessgames.com
- Tangborn, Eric (1993). The Complete Torre Attack. International Chess Enterprises. ISBN 1-879479-14-1.
- Gufeld, Eduard; Stetsko, Oleg (1994). Winning With the Torre Attack. Henry Holt & Co. ISBN 0805032800.
- Palliser, Richard (2012). The Torre Attack Move by Move. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1-85744-923-5.
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