The Trompowsky Attack 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 opening theory of various Indian Defences like the Queen's Indian, King's Indian, Nimzo-Indian, as well as the Gruenfeld Defence.
The opening is named after the one-time Brazilian champion Octavio 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.
Trompowsky Attack: Borg Variation
Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defence
Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defence Big Center Variation
Trompowsky Attack: Edge Variation
Trompowsky Attack: Edge Variation Hergert Gambit #1
Trompowsky Attack: Edge Variation Hergert Gambit #2
Trompowsky Attack: Poisoned Pawn Variation
Trompowsky Attack: Raptor Variation
Trompowsky Attack: Raptor Variation Hergert Gambit
Queen's Pawn Game