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…c5 Variation
The well-known presenter and grandmaster Bryan Smith has produced a series of videos on the different variations in the Trompowsky Attack.
With the move 2.Bg5, White threatens to damage White’s pawn structure by capturing on f6. If Black allows this capture, there is an immediate imbalance which allows White to use make use of his own assets to play for the full point.
- Did you miss the first part of this series where GM Bryan Smith investigates the 2…Ne4 Variation? Click here to watch the video and read the article.
With the move 2…c5 (see the diagram on the right), Black ignores this threat and challenges White’s d-pawn in the center. Apart from the two main moves, 3.d5 and 3.Bxf6, White has some other interesting options such as 3.Nc3 or 3.dxc5. In the video, GM Bryan Smith takes a look at all of them.
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In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Bryan Smith takes a look at the different setups for White to react to Black’s move 2…c5.
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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