Trompowsky Attack – Standard chess #36

I played a standard chess game as black with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was the Trompowsky Attack. How to react to 2. Bg5? There are aggressive ideas connected with c5 and Qb6 to target the b2 soft spot, however black opts for a modest approach that does not allow a minor piece imbalance with Bxf6. Early play appears tame enough, however white applies some quick pressure before black can castle. Observe how a seemingly natural opening move can be flawed. It’s a pawn plus versus the bishop pair and more active pieces in this tightly contested endgame.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 { A45 Trompowsky Attack } Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. c3 Nc6 7. Nd2 Bg4 8. Ngf3 e6 9. Qa4 Nd7 10. Bb5 Qb6 11. O-O Be7 12. Ne5 Ndxe5 13. Bxe5 a6 14. Bxg7 Rg8 15. Bxc6+ Qxc6 16. Qxc6+ bxc6 17. Be5 a5 18. f3 Bf5 19. e4 Bg6 20. Rae1 Kd7 21. Kf2 a4 22. Rc1 Ra7 23. Bf4 Rb7 24. Rc2 Ra8 25. Re1 Ra6 26. g3 Rab6 27. b3 axb3 28. axb3 Ra6 29. dxc5 Bxc5+ 30. Kg2 Bf8 31. h3 h5 32. Rd1 Ke8 33. Bg5 Be7 34. Bxe7 Kxe7 35. Kf2 c5 36. Rcc1 Ra2 37. Ke3 Rba7 38. Kf4 f6 39. exd5 exd5 40. Nf1 Bf7 41. Ne3 Rd7 42. Nf5+ Kf8 43. Ra1 Raa7 44. b4 cxb4 45. cxb4 Be6 46. b5 Bxf5 47. Rxa7 Rxa7 48. Kxf5 Rd7 49. Ke6 Re7+ 50. Kd6 Re3 51. Rb1 d4 52. b6 d3 53. b7

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