Trompowsky Attack – VECO

Trompowsky Attack Chess Opening

The Trompowsky Attack is a chess opening for White which starts with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 (see the diagram).

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.

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