By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. Originally a favourite among club players, in recent years the Trompowsky has been transformed into a powerful weapon even at grandmaster level.
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Bg5 In the Trompowsky Attack, white foregoes the opportunity to grab more space with the normal move 2. White could switch to a different opening system with a wide variety of moves here 3. Nf3 and 3. Nc3 are both reasonable , but the move 3.
Bxf6 keeps the game in true Trompowsky territory, doubling the black pawns at the expense of giving up the bishop pair! Both recaptures are viable. One line goes 3…exf6 4. Bxc4 7. Nc3 Nd7 8. Nf3 c6 9. Qc2 f5! This …f5 idea allows black to make use of his extra doubled pawn, adding support to e4 and clearing f6 for the knight. The pawn is immune — Qd3 wins material for black. White has the better pawn structure, but black has two bishops and is finishing up development comfortably.
The game is roughly equal. Black avoids the possibility of doubled pawns by allowing the queen to watch over the knight. White has slow approaches they can play here discussed in the video above , but perhaps the critical test of this line is 3. White makes use of the fact that the knight is now pinned to occupy the center! Black almost universally replies with 3…h6, forcing white to give up the bishop pair without wrecking the black pawn structure. But after 4.
Bxf6 4. Nc3 d6 6. Qd2 c6 Nb5 is otherwise sometimes annoying 7. White still gets a space advantage and a slight lead in development, and the f6 queen is arguably a bit misplaced. In some cases, white will play f2-f3 to gain a tempo on this knight before following up with e2-e4.
Bh4 is also possible and covered in the video, and even 3. Now black often strikes at the center with 3…c5, and after 4. Bc1 is often played! White simply defends the b2 pawn without creating any weaknesses 7. Qd2 fails to 7…Nxd5 when the queen is overloaded! This entire 2…Ne4 system within the Trompowsky Attack is known for producing several such lines that seem to go against everything we know about chess opening principles! In the video for instance, I cover a line where black plays Qd8-b6-h6 within the first 8 moves — to great effect!
Other systems Black has other ways to play against the Trompowsky as well, the two main ones being the immediate 2…c5 as well as 2…g6 with an early fianchetto. Because of the lack of early pawn tension in this opening, both sides have a multitude of viable systems to choose from!
Conclusion The Trompowsky Attack is an exciting opening that can lead to all sorts of different positions. Thanks for reading! Blake Will you allow me to help you on your chess journey? Enter your email address to sign up for free!
The Trompowsky Attack – Vaganian Gambit
Main lines[ edit ] Black has a number of ways to meet the Trompowsky, some of which avoid doubled pawns, while others allow them. The most common Black responses are discussed here. Ne4 is the most common reply. Instead Black can start making a grab for the centre and kick the White bishop away with a timely Usually, White retreats with 3. Bf4 or 3.
The Trompowsky Attack: Move by Move
Trompowsky Attack (Trap)