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Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation) (D03)
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Bg5

Number of games in database: 1004
Years covered: 1889 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.3%
   Black wins 33.0%
   Draws 33.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Jan Timman  11 games
Vladimir Kramnik  9 games
Bojana Bejatovic  7 games
Lubomir Ftacnik  15 games
Igor Stohl  7 games
Judit Polgar  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Timman vs H Bouwmeester, 1967
Timman vs Geller, 1983
Deep Fritz vs Deep Junior, 2001
E Korchmar vs Nezhmetdinov, 1931
Tartakower vs Najdorf, 1950
Alekhine vs B Malmgren, 1914
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 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,004  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gunsberg vs Gossip 1-0531889BreslauD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
2. Lasker vs J Bauer ½-½401890GrazD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
3. Alekhine / Esser vs Freiman / Levenfish 1-0371912St PetersburgD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
4. Alekhine vs Ovsiannikov/Ukhtomsk 1-0391913KazanD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. Alekhine vs B Malmgren 0-1251914Simul, 24bD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
6. J Krejcik vs A Kaufmann ½-½5319146th Trebitsch TtD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
7. Kupchik vs J C Rosenthal  1-0361916Manhattan Chess Club-chD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
8. Kupchik vs J Bernstein ½-½371919New York State ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
9. Janowski vs Marshall ½-½10519239th American Chess CongressD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
10. Kupchik vs S J Thompson  1-0401923Simultaneous ExhibitionD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
11. Alekhine vs Journal l'Action Francaise 1-0431925Blindfold simul, 28bD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
12. Przepiorka vs A C Sacconi 1-0201926MeranoD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
13. Janowski vs Vidmar  0-1511926Hastings 1925/26D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. C W Phillips vs L H Wight 1-0331926Western ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
15. N Banks vs Maroczy 0-1611926ChicagoD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
16. G Machate vs L'Hermet 1-046192725. DSB KongressD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
17. Nenarokov vs Kan  1-0741928Ch MoscowD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
18. A Van Nuess vs P F Johner  0-1421928Dortmund GERD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
19. Francois Cornelis Haalebos vs J L Kersten  0-1291928VAS-NRSVD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
20. E Korchmar vs Nezhmetdinov 0-1221931Categories 1 & 2 TtD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
21. Immo Fuss vs K Kopetzky  1-0571933Trebitsch mem 16thD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
22. J C Balparda vs I Pleci  0-1311935Buenos AiresD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
23. Konstantinopolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-1341936TournamentD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
24. Tartakower vs Gruenfeld ½-½311936ZandvoortD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
25. Tartakower vs Capablanca ½-½191936NottinghamD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
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Feb-16-04  matein8: <Drukenknight, Gower> Thanks for your help.

DK, I guess that you have a typo and mean 2...Ne4. Yes, I see that's the most popular response according to the opening explorer. I was thinking about Benjamin's objections to 2...Ne4 above, though. In response to 1.d4, I normally play either the NID or the QID and so I find the Tromp annoying when it's forced on me.

So some interesting lines to play against it are:

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 (or d5) e.g. Van der Wiel vs Kasparov, 1982

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d6 e.g. Vaganian vs Kasparov, 1979

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 e.g. K Richter vs Alekhine, 1941

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 e.g. Janowski vs Nimzowitsch, 1926

Feb-16-04  drukenknight: matein, yeah thanks. That was a typo. Some fun openings with this:

1 d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3 h4 c5 4 dxc5 Qa4 5 Nd2 Nxg5 6 hxg5 e6 7 c3 Qxc5 8 Nf3

that was against the computer, but there are there are many ways to go for black on move 5, maybe that's why it's so difficult black has many choices, same thing but with

5....e6 6 c3 Nxg5 7 hxg5 Qxc5 8 Ngf3 Kd8 9 Qe2 h6 10 Nb3 Qd6 11 gxh6 gxh6

there are lots of traps in all of these. But you know what? most white players will not take the c pawn, they just dont like to right off, so instead

3...c5 4 Nc3 Qa4 5 Qd3 Nxf3 6 gxf3 c6 7 Bf4 cxd4 8 Qxd4? ...ewwww, watch the fork.

stuff like that, keep working those moves and see what you come up.

Feb-16-04  matein8: DK, thanks for the input. BTW, that symbol at the end of my username is the number eight (8), not just the infinity symbol turned on it's side ;-)
Mar-03-04  waddayaplay: Also, the simple 2...e6 is playable, and 2...g6 is a solid choice.
Mar-24-04  ruylopez900: Is there a Torre Attack that isn't the Tartakower Variation??
Apr-19-04  Vischer: Is this named after Eugenio Torre, Carlos Torre Repetto, or Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago?
Apr-19-04  Dillinger: <vischer> see refutor's post above
Apr-19-04  Vischer: Ah, Carlos Torre Repetto.
Aug-03-04  cuendillar: <ruylopez900> Yes, the main line goes 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg4 and is categorized as A46. When blacks second move is d5, g6 or b6 it is also called Torre Attack.
Sep-24-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: I usually play this when playing Queen's Pawn Game.
Sep-25-04  Kean: Why not 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 and h6 next?
If Bh4 then Bf5 and black aims at controling e4, besides h6 is only to make space to the bishop at h7, and if Bxf6 exf6 and next f5 again controlling e4.

The point being also developing the bad c8 bishop awhile white make those bishop moves. I saw once something about this system in a magazine.

Jan-06-05  Flo: After 3.Bg5 is the position of black very defensive.

Kean, after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 could white play 3.Bxf6 and now it's not good for black to play 0-0 later or the center of black is not strong. After 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 is 3....e6 the best move because black could play 4....Qxf6 after 4.Bxf6. After 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.Bxf6? Qxf6 is the position of black OK.

Jul-20-05  erad1288: actually after 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 5. Nbd2 Bd6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e4 is better for white because he has no structural weaknesses and a lead in development
Sep-27-05  jeff1980: hi there..im new here in chessgames.com and i was hoping someone could help me..im researching for my opening repertoire as white and im considering the torre attack..does anyone know an internet site where there is a move-by-move analysis of this opening?i would appreciate anyone's help.. :)
Sep-27-05  Paul123: Jeff I'm not that strong of a player but when I checked into this opening I found the reason it is not seen in master practice is because of this line

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Ne4!? with.....White haveing two choices

4. Bf4 and Bh4

4.Bf4 c5 5.e3 Qb6 6.Qc1 Nc6 7.c3 Bf5 8.Be2 Rc8 black is equal with 9.0-0 cxd4 or [9...e6]

and

4.Bh4 4...g6 5.e3 Bg7=] or 4...Qb6 5.Qc1 Bf5 6.e3= However in my most humble and not so strong opinion...(remember opinions are like blow-holes, everyone's got one and I'm no different!) I think lines that can give white a slight plus are the lines that stem from 4. Bh4. They have a better win percentage and offer better chances to mix it up.

Sep-29-05  jdlasmarias: <paul123> thanks..actually the reason im not really convinced with the torre attack is because of the line..1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Bg5 Ne4! and now 4 Bh4 Qd6 with the threat Qb4 and Qh6..is this bookline?can anyone give a comment on this line?


Im looking for an opening to play as white against all black responses and several choices came up..Colle system, Torre attack and the London system..but im not really that convined with these openings..is there an ECO code for the london system?

Dec-31-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: The position below, which arises from d4 Nf6 Nf3 e6 Bg5 h6 Bh4 c5 e3 b6 c3 Bb7 Nbd2 Be7 Bd3 d5 Ne5 0-0 0-0 Nbd7


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has occurred before according the chessbase.com's database. After this, the natural looking move Rc1 seems to be new. I submit that this move is fine and white can even get a good attacking setup: for example: Rc1 Nxe5 dxe5 Nd7 Bxe7 Qe7 f4 c4 Bb1 f5 exf6(e.p) Rxf6 Qc2 Of course, black can play different moves but it seems to me that ideas like Rc1, Bb1, Qc2 seem interesting.

Jan-01-06  Ybrevo: <Ron> Instead of Rc1 I would strongly consider f2 - f4 first. If Nd7xNe5 then fxe5 with a very promising K-side attack. I have played that position 2 times with good succes. One of the big problems for Black is, that the Bishop on b7 is stone dead compared to White Bishop on d3.
Oct-04-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Surprised they named this variation after Tartakower -- surely someone won a game with it once?!

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...(D03)+as+White+

Apr-04-07  gambitfan: Quite similar to the Trompovsky attack 1 d4 ♘f6 2 ♗g5 (Opening of the Day - 03/04/2007)
Apr-02-09  Archswindler: I used to play this opening all the time, but when I reached a certain level it just stopped working, and I decided it was time to give 1. e4 a try. Maybe I'll go back to it when I'm too old for open sicilians.
Apr-02-09  WhiteRook48: Tartakower NEVER won with that variation, surprisingly!
Jul-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Opening of the Day <Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation) <1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5>> http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Mar-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
1.d4 d5 2.♘f3 ♘f6 3.♗g5


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Sep-26-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5


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