The Trompowsky Attack is a chess opening for White which starts with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 (see the diagram on the right).
The opening is named after the Brazilian chess player Octávio Trompowsky who popularized it in the first half of the 20th century.
Although the opening has been around for a long time, the Trompowsky Attack had a huge increase in popularity in the 1990s, when several English GMs – most notably GM Julian Hodgson – experimented with it. England’s number one player, Michael Adams, also began to play it from time to time with decent results.
One of the main benefits of playing the Trompowsky Attack is that it is one of the less-usual Queen’s Pawn Openings which allows White to sidestep many of the big main lines after 2.c4 or 2.Nf3.
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 Attack 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.
Trompowsky Attack: Crush The 2…e6 Variation
Grandmaster Bryan Smith has produced a series of videos on the different variations in the Trompowsky Attack. First, he covered the Trompowsky with 2…Ne4, and then he explained how to play against 2…c5. Now, in this related video on the Trompowsky, GM Smith explores the 2…e6 variation.
This …e6 move is in line with players who like the Nimzo-Indian or Queen’s Indian Defenses. The general idea is for Black to meet 3.e4 with 3…h6, forcing White to give up the bishop advantage due to the fact the e4 pawn is not well defended yet. White gains more space and 2 pawns in center, but Black has 2 bishops and tries to open up the game.
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If you’re looking for a chess opening for White which is easy to learn and does not require an endless amount of theoretical knowledge, this video series on the Trompowsky Attack is a must for you.
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