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: