Originally posted by nimzo5Nimzo: You make a very good point. I'm not expecting my fellow clubbers to be taken aback by my early Bg5 play but I do expect to be less surprised by their moves by playing the Tromp. I was very interested by that Nf3 idea though, I might have to try it out. Was that your way of not recommending I play it?
Odds are your benko, benoni, and budapest players are well prepared for the Tromp since it is going to be the most common deviation. Ignoring for a moment that 2. Nf3 pretty much kills all those systems you might consider something a little more offbeat like the Veresov type stuff with 1. d4 nf6 2. Nc3.
Originally posted by nimzo5Thanks Guys! I went to my club yesterday and I played Nf3 and it worked out just fine. I think I'll slowly learn the Tromp over the internet and play all my OTB games with 2. nf3. I was trying to learn the Trompowsky not to cut out their theory but the amount of theory I had to learn to keep up with them. Maybe I'd just bite the bullet and learn all this theory if there was a "Raptor Variation" and a "Laser Shark Variation" in the Tromp ZOMG SUPER L33T !!!@!@!@!@!@2121
14th - I don't believe in "avoiding" other people's prep unless they have proven repeatedly they can achieve good positions against you. The flaw in the philosophy of playing an "anti" system like the Tromp, the Alapin etc. is that so many people do that the typical player is better prepared for the "anti" opening than their actual opening.
Example - In a ...[text shortened]... arising out of the Alapin. I now score better in the Alapin than I do with my mainlines.
Originally posted by 14th Street BreakThe Tromp is a good line, I used to play it when I was an active OTB player. The problem with it was my opponents would almost never play into that line, they would normally transpose into one of the more well known lines of play and all my study would be a waste.
Any Tromp players out there? I have been thinking about adding it to my rep in order to cut out all the benko, benoni and budapest heavy learners in my club. Any advice to a new Tromp player?
Originally posted by hunterknoxThank you so much for this post! Chepukaitis was a chess Man among men.
Chepukaitis vs. computer.
[pgn][White "Ghepukaitis, Genrikh"] [Black "Computer"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bh4 g5 4. f3 gxh4 5. fxe4 e5 6. e3 Qg5 7. Kf2 Bh6 8. Qe1 exd4 9. exd4 Qc1 10. Nc3 Qxb2 11. Bd3 Bd2 12. Qxd2 Qxa1 13. Nf3 Qxh1 14. Qg5 c6 15. Qe5+ Kd8 16. Qxh8+ Kc7 17. d5 b6 18. d6+ Kb7 19. Qd8 Na6 20. Bf1 *[/pgn]
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