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The Trompowsky Attack is a strategically and dynamically complex opening full of tactical possibilities. Both sides have a multitude of tactical shots and ideas at their disposal thanks to the different asymmetrical pawn structures and imbalances which occur from the different variations.
It is a perfect opening for players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas rather than memorize an endless amount of theoretical variations.
In this free preview of his new 8-hour course on the Trompowsky, IM Levy Rozman introduces you to the general concepts of this special opening and takes a look at the Vaganian Gambit, which begins with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Nc3 Qxb2 5.Bd2 Qb6 6.e4.
If you have only a little amount of time that you can spend on studying chess openings, but still want to play for an opening advantage with White, the Trompowsky is a clever choice.
Trompowsky Attack – General Concepts
The Trompowsky Attack is a chess opening for White which starts with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 (see the diagram on the left). The opening is named after the Brazilian chess player Octávio Trompowsky who popularized it in the first half of the 20th century.
The opening had a huge increase in popularity in the 1990s, when several English GMs – most notably GM Julian Hodgson – experimented with it. Even England’s number one player, Michael Adams, started to play it from time to time with decent results.
It is an aggressive chess opening and leads to original play. It’s a perfect opening for creative players who like to play positions which are less theoretical, involve many tricky lines and are rich in possibilities for both sides.
Playing it can be a vital alternative for all 1.d4-players who are tired of repeatedly entering the highly theoretical terrain of all the main lines Black can choose from. For Black players who play the Grunfeld Defense, the King’s Indian Defense, the Nimzo-Indian, the Slav Defense and so on, their opening knowledge often ends as early as move two.
The Trompowsky is a tricky opening which leads to non-standard positions early on. It often happens that both players are out of their preparation after only a few moves. This also increases the risk of falling into opening traps.
Both sides can play for early tactical shots. A nice illustration is the position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.c4 dxc4 (the main move for Black) 5.e3 c5 6.Bxc4 cxd4 7.Nc3! (see the diagram on the right).
The move 7.Nc3 is a relatively new idea for White to bring out the pieces as quickly as possible. If Black captures the knight, he immediately falls for an opening trap which wins the game for White. 7…dxc3? 8.Bxf7+! Kxf7 9.Qxd8. White wins the Black queen!
80/20 Tactics Multiplier: The Trompowsky Attack
The Trompowsky is an opening that scorns rote memorization and instead says “I’m going to play 1.d4 and 2.Bg5 and beat you with simple development and my better understanding of strategy.”
In an age where computers are refuting main lines daily, where kids are booked up to the teeth, and we have limited study time (and a day job!) — such a reliable, easy-to-learn “shortcut” system has never been more needed.
IM Levy Rozman has been working hard with us to create the ULTIMATE Trompowsky repertoire for you — an 8-hour premium course breaking down the typical structures, plans and tactical motifs of this powerful system. Click here to get your copy with 35% off!