|A chess opening, the Torre Attack, is named after him - it is characterised by the moves (in algebraic notation) 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5.|
Torre also introduced the Mexican Defence to chess theory in a match against Fritz Sämisch in 1925 in Baden-Baden, Germany. It runs 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6. Torre later dropped this line, but it was never refuted. It is also known as the "Black Knight´s Tango" (International Master Georgi Orlov wrote a book on the opening under this title). Since it may transpose into quite many known openings, it is not a compact opening and so perhaps not suitable for beginners, but its uncommonness means it has surprise value.
In the Moscow 1925 international tournament, Torre defeated former World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker with a dazzling queen sacrifice.
The combination is immortalized, and is known as "The Windmill".
Torre – Lasker, Moscow 1925
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3 cxd4 5.exd4 Be7 6.Nbd2 d6 7.c3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 b6 9.Nc4 Bb7 10.Qe2 Qc7 11.O-O O-O 12.Rfe1 Rfe8 13.Rad1 Nf8 14.Bc1 Nd5 15.Ng5 b5 16.Na3 b4 17.cxb4 Nxb4 18.Qh5 Bxg5 19.Bxg5 Nxd3 20.Rxd3 Qa5 21.b4! Qf5 22.Rg3 h6 23.Nc4 Qd5 24.Ne3 Qb5
See diagram. Torre wins with a queen sacrifice, as his rook and bishop form a grindstone that crushes Black with a series of checks and discovered checks.
25.Bf6!! Qxh5 26.Rxg7+ Kh8 27.Rxf7+ Kg8 28.Rg7+ Kh8 29.Rxb7+ Kg8 30.Rg7+ Kh8 31.Rg5+ Kh7 32.Rxh5 Kg6 33.Rh3 Kxf6 34.Rxh6+ Kg5 35.Rh3 Reb8 36.Rg3+ Kf6 37.Rf3+ Kg6 38.a3 a5 39.bxa5 Rxa5 40.Nc4 Rd5 41.Rf4 Nd7 42.Rxe6+ Kg5 43.g3 Black resigns.