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Octavio Figueira Trompowsky de Almeida vs Lucius Endzelins
"A Romp in the Tromp" (game of the day Sep-27-2005)
non-FIDE Munich ol (Men) (1936), Munich GER, rd 9, Aug-22
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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Jul-23-04  rclb: Trompowsky demonstrates the power of his own opening!
Nov-19-04  Whitehat1963: Nice and simple finish.
Sep-27-05  Kangaroo: Enhanced <Queen's Gambit Accepted>!

The movement <c2-c4> is performed after the dark-squared bishop is developed and the <e> pawn is advanced to <e3>.

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  Sneaky: Yes, I was just looking at this opening and I thought 5...dxc4 can't be right. To me it was reminscent of a patzer move in the queen's gambit: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 dxc4? which no good player should even consider.

But then when I look at it--there isn't much else to do other than 5...dxc4! If 5...c6? 6.cxd5 cxd5 gives White too easy a target (g3, Bg2, Qb3, Nc3, that ought to make d5 fall!) And 5...Be6 might be playable but after 6.cxd5 Bxd5 7.Nc3 White develops with threats--plus, that QB has a hard time finding a good square since d5 is always in the air.

Putting all this together, maybe the "Tromp" isn't as harmless as I once thought.

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  khense: Why didn't black try 23...Be6? White has moves, but he has to decide first what to do with his rooks.
Sep-27-05  yeats1939: Can someone smarter than I explain why black takes at g6 with the h pawn rather than the f pawn? It makes no sense to me. I realize you're supposed to take 'toward the middle' but in this case it looks like a very vulnerable move.
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  Sneaky: <Can someone smarter than I explain why black takes at g6 with the h pawn rather than the f pawn?> Lets save the smart people the trouble; I'll answer you instead. The problem with 15...fxg6 is: it's illegal! Look on c4, the bishop! (Don't feel dumb, I did a doubletake when I looked over the game myself.)
Sep-27-05  yeats1939: Ahh. As Monthy Python said so well, "Da Bishup". Thanks. I'd lost track of that fellow. Wondered where he'd got to.
Sep-27-05  Marvol: I thought the same at first, then noticed the pin on the f-pawn. I'd say black oughta have removed that pin a bit earlier. His pawn structure would've looked much better (let's call that an understatement) if he'd been able to capture fxg6 :-/.
Sep-27-05  EmperorAtahualpa: WOW, I sure like that move 24.R1h7!
Sep-27-05  weary willy: <Octavio Figueira Trompowsky de Almeida> - which alone is worth the price of admission. Thanks again
Sep-27-05  Assassinater: Sneaky, I would just like to take a minute here to thank you for answering all of us here who ask 'obvious' questions, without seeming to flame them. Kudos to you!

On the subject of the game, why not 11... Nb6, with the aim of the removing that dangerous bishop on c4, and if Ba3, meeting that with 12... Be6?

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  kevin86: Octavio Figuiera Trompowsky de Almeida:was that the original name of Oakland,California? lol.

A rather good game,despite white's unorthodox swap of bishop for knight at move three.

The idea of two rooks and a queen on the h file is as dangeorous as a bottle of nitroglycerin with the term "shake well" on it.

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  BishopBerkeley: Alameda, California (next door to Oakland, perhaps it was also Oakland's name at one time?)

Home to (among other things) the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, the carrier that retrieved the Apollo 11 astronauts from their historic moon landing mission. (They were also quarantined on board for an extended time to ensure they hadn't picked up any lunar micro-invaders of any kind):

It is now a floating museum. (It also retrieved the Apollo 12 astronauts, and much earlier brought my Dad back from his tour in Japan with the U.S. Marines! He was one of the donors (of many) that helped acquire the Hornet and turn it into a museum when it was about to be sold for scrap (amazingly enough).

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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