The Trompowski Attack – Typical Ideas for White

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The Trompowski Attack is a chess opening that begins with the following moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5, in which White tries to attack and challenge the Black’s kingside by usually exchanging the bishop for Black’s f6-knight.

Black has several ways to respond and the most common responses are 2…e6 and 2…Ne4. There are also other responses like 2…c5 and 2…d5. Many grandmasters play this opening at the top level – it was played by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen against Sergey Karjakin in the first game of the 2016 World Chess Championship.

Today our guest coach IM Valeri Lilov will explain to you the basic ideas for White in this interesting opening with some practical examples. You can watch the video lesson below:

You can find the PGNs of the games explained in the video below:

Conclusions – basic ideas

1) White’s major goal is the quick attack against the Black’s center and the kingside.
2) Development is a key requirement for a successful attack for White.
3) Playing for initiative is done through essential pawn moves like d5, f3 and even e4!

you may also like IM Valeri Lilov’s course “Converting Your Advantage into a Full Point”.

P.S. Do you play (or have you played) this opening as White? Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comments below. Or, if you have played against this opening, you’re welcome to share it too. 🙂
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