The Trompowsky Attack: Surprising your Opponents in the Opening
The Trompowsky Attack is a popular alternative to the common lines after 1.d4 Nf6, beginning with 2.c4 or 2.Nf3.
By playing the move 2.Bg5, White sidesteps a wide variety of opening theory from various counter-attack Defenses employed by Black like the King’s Indian Defense, Grünfeld Defense, The Benko Gambit, The Benoni, etc.
With his second move, White seems to try to exchange his bishop for Black’s knight, inflicting double pawns upon Black in the process. This is not a huge threat; Black can even choose to fall in with White’s plan, but if you know the typical plans of the opening and your opponent does not, you could get a significant advantage out of the opening.
The Trompowsky Attack with 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 – named after the Brazilian master Octavio Trompowsky (1897 – 1984) is a great choice to maintain the surprise factor in your opening arsenal and use it when you might feel your game is getting predictable.
If you want to play the Trompowsky Attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) you must know that this opening is very popular at the club/tournament level and does get played by GMs too.
Here are some of the benefits of playing the Trompowsky Attack:
- It’s a flexible opening system for White
- It forces players expecting 2.c4 to think very early
- It immediately challenges Black’s first move
Despite its popularity, if you play the Trompowsky, it will still come as a surprise to many players who respond to 1.d4 with 1…Nf6 and so White should expect a wide variety of second move responses.
How do I benefit from this course?
If you are a serious tournament player, keeping your opening repertoire fresh is not just recommended, it’s a must. You never want to become too predictable in the opening, you want to be able to surprise your opponents every time you can and stay away from any type of computer preparation.
In this comprehensive video collection, we have three great authors teaching you all the secrets on how to master this opening.
IM John Watson
To start, IM John Watson offers a general overview and shares the positional aspects of this aggressive opening weapon. This section’s goal is to gain a solid understanding of the opening play by covering the main lines.
Watson delivers 8 videos to build the strong foundation you need to confidently play this opening.
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Next, Ronen Har-Zvi takes you on a journey exploring this opening at the highest level, with excellent analysis from games played by the likes of GM Anand, GM Carlsen, GM Judith Polgar, GM Kramnik and many other of the world’s elite players. You’ll see how Super GM’s use this attacking opening to win games.
GM Boris Alterman
Finally, Boris Alterman explores the wicked Vaganian Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3 d5 Qb6 4 Nc3! Qxb2) with 3 videos on this double-edged gambit you can spring on your unsuspecting rivals.
22 videos covering nearly 14 hours of instruction!
This is definitely a gem to help you raise your game and add some more points to your rating!