Graham Burgess

The Torre Attack is a very attractive system for White as it allows him to set the agenda from the outset, preventing many counterattacking systems. It has quick-strike potential if Black is careless or unfamiliar with the subtleties.

The unique GAMBIT system makes it easy to use the book to the maximum practical advantage. ‘Quick Summaries’ introduce the main themes of each system, where appropriate suggesting a coherent repertoire of reliable lines. Then comes detailed, unbiased coverage of all the critical lines, for reference and detailed study. Whether you’re looking for a quick introduction to an opening system for surprise use, a refresher course in a favourite opening or to research an opening deeply, the GAMBIT guide is the ideal choice.

FIDE Master Graham Burgess holds the world record for marathon blitz chess playing. He is a highly versatile chess writer, his previous books ranging from general guides for relatively inexperienced players to high-level theoretical manuals. His Mammoth Book of Chess won the 1997 British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award.

“A couple of books dealing with the Torre came out early in the nineties, but this superb work by Burgess surpasses them. The Torre is a very flexible set-up and gives White good chances of having a pleasant initiative after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 with 3 Bg5. The Torre will repay careful study and provide interesting chess. The strategic introduction whets the reader’s appetite right from the word go as Burgess shows, via 12 illustrative games, just how dangerous the Torre is, and readers will realise that by taking up the opening they will have excellent chances of a quick and decisive attack” – Richard Palliser, HULL CHESS CLUB MAGAZINE.

“Gambit’s latest work serves to enhance the superb reputation of this new chess publisher...Graham Burgess’ Guide to the Torre Attack gives readers a complete repertoire against 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6, whilst lazy readers can also play the Torre-hybrids against other second moves such as 2...g6. By avoiding 2 c4 you side-step a lot of established theory... could prove a useful and flexible system” – Alan Sutton, EN PASSANT

“This excellent book should be in the hands of all students... very well produced” – George Koltanowski, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Gambit opening books are now becoming a standard for the rest to follow... the themes and ideas are clearly explained in a very long ‘Strategic Introduction’ ” – Munroe Morrison, OPEN FILE

“ very clear guidance on how to play the Torre” – Grandmaster Alexander Baburin, CHESS CAFE WEB SITE

“...numerous critical themes are examined to give White a clear view of how he should proceed” – Gary Lane, CHESS MOVES

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Gambit books by Graham Burgess: Chess Highlights of the 20th Century, Gambit Guide to the Torre Attack, The Slav, The Taimanov Sicilian, Chess Openings for Kids, The Gambit Book of Instructive Chess Puzzles, A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White.