How to play Trompowsky Attack (+ Video)
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How to play Trompowsky Attack (+ Video)

FM michechess89

Hey guys! Today we learn a new opening: Trompowsky Attack. Something good about this opening is that you won’t have to study a lot of theory (it avoids strong and theoretical variations like King’s Indian, Queen’s Indian, or Grunfeld). Besides, worst case, when Black plays very well, they won’t get more than a balanced middlegame.

Also, an interesting fact is that the World Champion Magnus Carlsen played it in the first game of his match versus Sergey Karjakin in the World Chess Championship of 2016.  In the video, I explain the basics, some main lines, and also general ideas on how to play the middlegame, typical plans, some tricks, etc.


Video explaining How to play Trompowsky Attack

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Highlights about Trompowsky Attack

  • We can play it even if Black plays 1 … d5 Pseudo-Trompowsky (very often it transposes to the mainline).
  • Is not an extremely popular variation, the good side of this is that your opponent is not used to play against it.


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In this post/video there are plans, general ideas, and some theory. But keep in mind that practice, experience, hard work, and learning from your mistakes is what is really going to help you to completely understand and include a new Opening in your repertoire. Hope this helps!


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