The Heir To The Tromp

During the 1980s and 90s the Trompovsky Attack (1.d4 followed by 2.Bg5) was all the rage at UK club level, partly due to successes of Julian Hodgson. But with the ultimate Trompeteer having retired from tournament play it seems to be on the decline.

Instead of this new bishop move is on the rise, 1.d4 followed by 2.Bf4. This is a kind of London System but one which ignores the rather sensible advice of developing knights before bishops. Is it a good move?

My personal take is that its main value is surprise, but I don’t think there’s very much more than that. Plus in many lines it stops Black getting much active play, thus encouraging him to beat his head against the wall.

What should Black do about it? Well I have my own ideas which I’m not particularly willing to share, you can work them out for yourselves! But if you look at the following game by Vladimir Kramnik you might be on the right track, and perhaps in years to come White will want to discourage 2…c5 with 2.Be3:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.