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Not the greatest-scoring update for White ever, but we do at least get to see several lines which the first player may wish to avoid within our favourite systems. And this update certainly isn't lacking in quality, with Andreikin, Eljanov and Kamsky to the fore.

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The Trompowsky 2...g6 3 Bxf6 exf6 4 c4 d5!? [A45]

1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 g6 3 Bxf6 exf6 4 c4 d5 doesn't have the best of reputations, but is actually quite a solid choice. After 5 cxd5 Qxd5 6 Nc3 Qd8 7 e3 c6 8 Bc4 (White can also fianchetto) 8...Bd6 9 Nf3 0-0 10 0-0 the position resembles the 2...d5 3 Bxf6 exf6 line:

Just as there, White struggles slightly for a good plan and Andreikin - Grischuk was most certainly not without its instructive moments.

The Trompowsky 2...Ne4 3 Bf4 c5 4 d5 [A45]

A somewhat sharper line is 2...Ne4 3 Bf4 c5 4 d5 Qb6 5 Nd2:

This retains a few adherents, but after 5...Qxb2 6 Nxe4 Qb4+ 7 c3 Qxe4 8 e3 e6 9 dxe6 Qxe6 I can't believe that White should ever have more than enough compensation. Indeed, in Swapnil - Girish his grip on d5 offsets Black's extra pawn, with a draw always looking the most likely result.

The Trompowsky 2...Ne4 3 Bf4 d5 [A45]

Its back to solidity with 3...d5 4 e3 c5 5 Bd3 Nf6 in Romanov - Harika, where White introduces a Jobava-Prié-like touch with 6 Nc3!?:

This may not lead to an advantage, but certainly deserves attention and after 6...a6 7 dxc5 Nc6 8 Na4!? Nd7 Romanov might have seized the upper hand with the correct break, 9 e4! and not his 9 c4.

The Neo-London System 2 Bf4 c5 3 e3 Qb6 4 Nc3 [A45]

Even here we see an early development of the queen's knight to c3 with 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4 c5 3 e3 Qb6 4 Nc3 under the microscope in Meister - Vovk:

After 4...Qxb2 5 Nb5 Nd5 an early draw beckons, but Black can also play for more with 4...a6!? and, indeed, Vovk soon found himself a piece up! As for white players who want to persist with the trendy 2 Bf4 move order, they are really best advised to meet 2...c5 with 3 d5.

The London System v KID with ...g6 [A48]

Kamsky's opponents tend to prefer 2...g6 and this was also seen in another game from the Andreikin - Grischuk ICC blitz final, which continued 3 Nf3 Bg7 4 e3 0-0 5 h3 c5 6 c3 cxd4 7 exd4 d6 8 Be2 Nc6 9 0-0 Be6 10 Nbd2 Qb6:

Black is fairly active, but after 11 Qb1 White can hope to gradually push his pieces back and has decent chances for an edge from what I can see.

The Barry Attack [D00]

Yes, two 2700s meet in a Barry, albeit one which began 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4 (the London) 2...g6 3 Nc3 d5 (now it's a Jobava-Prié) 4 e3 Bg7 5 Be2 (we'll also take a look at the immediate 5 h4) 5...c6 6 h4 h6 7 Nf3:

Here 7...Qb6 might well be the most awkward for White, since it took Black a fair while to equalise after 7...Qa5 in Eljanov - Radjabov.

Jobava-Prié Attack 3...e6 4 e3 Bd6 [D00]

It seemed only fitting to end by exploring other recent developments after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Bf4. As far as I can see, there are currently two major problems for White: 3...c5 and 3...e6 4 e3 Bd6:

White tends to play for a grip on e5, but 5 Nf3 Bxf4 6 exf4 0-0 7 Bd3 b6 followed by ...c5 was just very comfortable for Black in Cordova - Kovalyov.

Will we saw more developments of the bishop to g5 or f4 next month?

Until next month, Richard

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