Saturday, December 10, 2016

Trompowsky to Queens Knight

The flexible Trompowsky Attack can remain completely unique. In addition it can transpose to almost anything that employs the moves d4 and Bg5 by White. Here we find the Trompowsky reaches a position found in a rare Queen Knight Attack. After White’s fifth move the position arrived at the exact same position as Morozevich played. The line begins 1.Nc3 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qh4 Nf6 5.Nf3. There Gary Kasparov played 5…d5. Here Rainer Knaak chose 5…e6.

Rafael Vaganian from Armenia became a grandmaster in 1971. His style seems to favor intuition based on his experience in a variety of sharp tactical positions. Vaganian won tournaments for 20 years among the world’s best players. Grandmaster Vaganian chose lesser known opening variations. His choice of the Trompowsky Attack was very rare in 1979.

Rainer Knaak competed for many years with Wolfgang Uhlmann for honors as the top player in East Germany before unification. I remember that I studied many of his games in Chess Informant in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Grandmaster Knaak has worked for ChessBase for a long time. His writings on many aspects of chess history and theory have received wide acclaim.

Vaganian (2570) - Knaak (2565), Tallinn (11) 1979 begins 1.d4 [1.Nc3 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qh4 (Another interesting line is 4.Qd3 a6 5.e4 Nf6 6.Nd5 Nxd5 7.exd5 Nb4 8.Qb3 e6 9.dxe6 dxe6 10.a3 Nd5 11.Nf3=) 4...Nf6 5.Bg5 transposes to the game.] 1...Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.Nc3 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qh4 e6 6.0-0-0 Be7 7.e4 a6 8.f4 b5 9.e5 b4 10.exf6 [10.Nce2 Nd5=/+] 10...gxf6 11.Ne4 fxg5 12.fxg5 Qa5 [12...Qc7 13.Nf3 Bb7=] 13.Kb1 b3 [13...Bb7=] 14.axb3 [Better is 14.cxb3! h6 15.Nf3+/=] 14...Nb4 15.Nf6+ Kd8 16.Qd4 [16.Nf3 Qa2+ 17.Kc1 Qa1+ 18.Kd2 Qxb2 19.Bd3 Nxd3 20.Kxd3 Bb7=] 16...Qa2+ 17.Kc1 Qa1+ 18.Kd2 Qa5 19.Ke2 Nxc2 20.Qe4 Rb8 21.Nf3 Bxf6 22.gxf6 Qb5+ 23.Kd2 Qb4+ 24.Qxb4 Nxb4 25.Ne5 Ke8 26.Nc4 Rg8 27.Nd6+ Kf8 28.Rc1 Nc6 29.Be2 Rg5 30.Bf3 Rg6 31.Rhf1 Bb7 32.Be4 Rg4 33.h3 Rg5 34.Rc3 Ba8 35.Rfc1 Rb4 36.Rd3 Kg8 37.g4 h5 [37...h6 38.Rc4 Rb8=] 38.gxh5 Rb6 39.h6 1-0

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