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Trompowski Defense – Opening from the perspective of white pieces
The Trompowsky System is a chess opening that begins with the moves:
- 1. d4 Nf6
- 2. Bg5
With his second move, White intends to exchange his bishop for Black’s knight, inflicting doubled pawns upon Black in the process. This is not a lethal threat; Black can choose to fall in with White’s plan.
The Trompowsky is a popular alternative to the more common lines after 1.d4 Nf6 beginning 2.c4 or 2.Nf3. By playing 2.Bg5, White sidesteps immense bodies of the opening theory of various Indian Defences like the Queen’s Indian, King’s Indian, Nimzo-Indian, as well as the Grünfeld Defence.
The opening is named after the one-time Brazilian champion Octávio Trompowsky (1897–1984) who played it in the 1930s and 1940s. The Trompowsky has also been called The Zot.
Julian Hodgson and Antoaneta Stefanova are among several grandmasters who often employ the Trompowsky. World Champion Magnus Carlsen has occasionally employed the Trompowsky, notably in the first game of the 2016 World Chess Championship against Sergey Karjakin.
- 1. d4, d5, 2. Bg5, Nf6, 3. Bf6, gf6, 4. C4; 3… ef6, 4. E3, Bd6;
A45 Trompowsky – 1. D4, Nf6, 2. Bg5, Ne4, 3. H4, c5; 3… d5,; 3… h6.