Chess Openings: Trompowsky Attack : Garry Kasparov in a Simultaneous Display! (

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What is Trompowsky Attack?

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 Grünfeld Defence.

The opening is named after the one-time Brazilian champion Octávio 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. World Champion Magnus Carlsen has occasionally employed the Trompowsky, notably in the first game of the 2016 World Chess Championship against Sergey Karjakin.

Who is Garry Kasparov?

Garry Kimovich Kasparov (Russian: Га́рри Ки́мович Каспа́ров, Russian pronunciation: [ˈɡarʲɪ ˈkʲiməvʲɪtɕ kɐˈsparəf]; born Garik Kimovich Weinstein,[2] 13 April 1963) is a Russian chess grandmaster, former world chess champion, writer, and political activist, whom many consider to be the greatest chess player of all time.[3] From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov was ranked world No. 1 for 225 out of 228 months. His peak rating of 2851,[4] achieved in 1999, was the highest recorded until being surpassed by Magnus Carlsen in 2013. Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at age 22 by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov.[5] He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association.[6] In 1997 he became the first world champion to lose a match to a computer under standard time controls, when he lost to the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in a highly publicized match. After Kasparov retired, he devoted his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement, and joined as a member of The Other Russia, a coalition opposing the administration and policies of Vladimir Putin. In 2008, he announced an intention to run as a candidate in that year’s Russian presidential race, but failure to find a sufficiently large rental space to assemble the number of supporters that is legally required to endorse such a candidacy led him to withdraw. Kasparov blamed “official obstruction” for the lack of available space.[7] Although he is widely regarded in the West as a symbol of opposition to Putin,[8] he was barred from the presidential ballot,[7] as the political climate in Russia makes it difficult for opposition candidates to organize.[9][10]

Kasparov is currently chairman for the Human Rights Foundation and chairs its International Council. In 2017, he founded the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI), an American political organization promoting and defending liberal democracy in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves as chairman of the group.[11][12]

Kasparov is a frequent critic of U.S. professor emeritus of Russian studies Stephen F. Cohen, whom he describes as a Soviet and Russian apologist. Kasparov and Cohen participated in a Munk Debate in 2015 over the issue of reengaging or isolating Russia, with 52% of the audience siding with Kasparov’s argument of isolating Russia, compared to 42% before the debate.[13][14] In 2014, he obtained Croatian citizenship.[1] He lives in New York City and travels often.[15]

What is a Simultaneous display?

A simultaneous exhibition or simultaneous display is a board game exhibition (commonly chess or Go) in which one player (typically of high rank, such as a grandmaster or dan-level player) plays multiple games at a time with a number of other players. Such an exhibition is often referred to simply as a “simul”.
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  1. Cool! Thanks for posting this. The other Kaspy game posted from the simul is exciting as well, ending in a spectacular queen sac leading to mate in four or five moves.

  2. When i read the name "Kasparov " in the title i was greatly exited :D. 5/5 as always ^^

  3. Wow, the man is still a Giant on the chessboard. I like how you stated it KC,
    "Just more fireworks, by Kapsarov."
    and it was it just seemed to never end.

    I feel bad for black, that guy got sliced and diced. I love the running of the H pawn up the file. brilliant.

    I seen quite a few recent interviews with Kasparov. The man has really dove into politics. I love everything he has to say on the state of the world. He leaves American interviewers speechless which is NOT easy to do. 5 stars!

  4. @heraclitus44


    Qg6+ is mating unless black sac his queen with the next Be6+

    jewbinson is right, and i thought just the same

  5. @heraclitus44

    lol if the rook block then that is mate

    look carefully if you still couldn't find it i will tell you in the next comment

  6. @heraclitus44

    okay let me go there step by step for you

    go to 7:17

    Qg6 forcing Bg7 because if block with queen take with pawn

    then Be6+ if rook block with f7 then it's mate with Qg7

    if black dont want to get mated he need to sac his queen for bishop which is as good as losing

    you're totally off

  7. jewbinson has the best continuation after Ne7+,but I chose Nc7 after considering Ne7+ (which is the best move, but only if you find very tricky continuations). Nc7 also gives a crushing advantage and is easier to calculate accurately, so is the practical alternative.

  8. hey KC… i quite liek this game review, kinda on the fly and with little chess engine behind it. Alot of oppurtunites for the viewers to figure try and see the tactics.


  9. I saw the answer! I saw the answer!

    In the evaluation window….

    And jewbinson is right, Qxg6 first and black is toast.

  10. hiii kingscrusher, I go by the nickname of Kyouya22 on Chesscube, and i just saw you play 🙂
    My rating on it is about 2080 ish, and i hope to play you one day 🙂

  11. spoting the rescource! except we can seee the engine

  12. I think at 7:15 instead of Bxe6 I would play Qg6+ I think that line is more dangerous! I mean black is just dead if you do that!

  13. wow!! now thats a brilliant game!!! reminds me of fischer's games

  14. Good video but prepare your variations in advance to avoid having to turn on analysis engines. Keep up the good work.

  15. at 7:17 i think the correct continuation is 1. Qg6+ Bg7 2. Bd3! and black is losing 2 pieces at best with a hopeless position. I didn't use an engine so i might miss something.

    Anyway, great videos, kingscrusher!

  16. next time do your home work before you go out there, in front of 7 billion people possibly watching this video

  17. at 7 04 isnt Qxe6 forcing mate? after Qxe6 then ne7 # ?

  18. xellossaxon, I also felt the same way and still do, but winning is winning, by an inch or by a mile it doesn't matter. I have heard kasparov saying that Magnus is an exceptional player, Karpov was world champ for 10 years, its like liking tyson over ali.

  19. What's the point of asking people to pause the video t ofigure out the solution when you just roll up the chess engine moments before?

  20. Highly unprofessional work. Do your homework properly. Sorry thumbs down.

  21. Cornelius Constantine Balthazar Fitzpatrick V Sr. says:

    Please don't open engines all the time.

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