ForumHelpSearchMy ProfileSite InfoGuests InfoRepertoireLinks
The big news this month is that Shakhriyar Mamedyarov employed the Trompowsky on three occasions in Norway, albeit with two of those being Armageddon encounters. We’ll see how he might have obtained an edge against Wesley So, while also providing plenty of coverage of some other Bg5-based lines.

Download PGN of June ’19 d-Pawn Specials games

>> Previous Update >>

The Trompowsky: 2...Ne4 3 Bf4 d5 4 e3 e6 5 Bd3 [A45]

After 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 Ne4 3 Bf4 d5 4 e3 e6 5 Bd3 Black usually develops with 5...Bd6 or drops back to f6, but 5...b6!? is also quite reasonable:

Dutch Trompowsky expert Miguoel Admiraal recently faced this and didn’t obtain too much with 6 Ne2 Bb7 7 0-0 Bd6 8 c4 in Admiraal, M - Harff, M.

The Trompowsky: 2...d5 3 e3 c5 4 Bxf6 gxf6 5 dxc5 [A45]

In Stavanger, Mamedyarov faced both 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 d5 and 2...e6, after which he introduced 3 e4 h6 4 Bxf6 Qxf6 5 c3 d5 6 Qe2!? to win against Caruana. He met the former in more conventional fashion by following in Carlsen’s footsteps with 3 e3 c5 4 Bxf6 gxf6 5 dxc5 Nc6 6 Bb5 e6 7 c4 dxc4 8 Nd2:

Karjakin simply went 8...Bxc5 in the opening game of the 2016 world championship match and 8...Bd7 should also be OK for Black, as we’ll see in Mamedyarov, S - So, W.

An important alternative in this line is 5...e6 when White has to choose between Adams’s 6 Nf3 Bxc5 7 Be2 and 6 c4. Following the latter and then 6...dxc4 7 Nd2 Bxc5 8 Bxc4 Black is surely OK:

However, 8...0-0?! is premature and surprisingly went unpunished in Jobava, B - Cramling, P.

The Torre Attack v KID 2...g6 3 Bg5 Bg7 4 Nbd2 0-0 5 c3 d5 [A48]

During this month’s examination of 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 Bg5 Bg7 4 Nbd2 we take a look at two recent games by Ivan Sokolov, while our main coverage focusses on 4...0-0 5 c3 d5 6 e3 c5 7 Be2:

White hopes for 7...Nc6?! 8 dxc5!, but with 7...h6 8 Bh4 cxd4 9 exd4 Nc6 10 0-0 Ne4! Black was able to equalise comfortably in Hera, I - Ragger, M.

The Torre Attack: 2...d5 3 Bg5 Ne4 4 Bh4 c5 [D03]

We continue our Bg5-related theme by briefly touching on why the Veresov is rarely seen these days before looking at some recent developments after 1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Bg5. After 3...Ne4 4 Bh4 c5 White’s most ambitious choice is 5 dxc5:

However, Black appears to have a good response in 5...f6, leaving White’s bishop a little sidelined on h4 and it was quickly the first player looking to equalise in Romanov, E - Popov, I.

The Barry Attack: 2...g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bf4 Bg7 5 e3 0-0 6 Nb5 [D00]

A few folk are still playing the old, pure Barry move order, i.e. 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bf4 and not aiming for a transposition or improved version via 2 Bf4 g6 3 Nc3. The trendy idea in the Barry is 4...Bg7 5 e3 0-0 6 Nb5!? Na6 7 h3:

White really needs to secure his key bishop so, when 7...c6 is Black’s most reliable move, while 7...c5 was tried in Indjic, A - Puranik, A.

The Colle-Zukertort: 4 Bd3 c5 5 b3 Bd6 6 0-0 0-0 7 Bb2 [D05]

After 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 d5 3 e3 e6 4 Bd3 we look at a couple of lines based around a queenside fianchetto for Black this month. 4...c5 5 b3 Bd6 6 0-0 0-0 7 Bb2 b6 8 Nbd2 is all common enough...

...but 8...Ba6!? has been pretty rare here. Possibly White should just consent to the exchange of bishops, since 9 c4 Nc6 10 Qe2 cxd4 11 exd4 Bf4! saw Black equalise in Korobov, A - Jakovenko, D.

No doubt the London will return next month!

Until then, Richard

>> Previous Update >>