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Queen's Pawn Game (A45)
1 d4 Nf6

Number of games in database: 16845
Years covered: 1855 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 36.5%
   Black wins 35.3%
   Draws 28.2%

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Julian M Hodgson  148 games
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Igor Miladinovic  94 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  45 games
Levon Aronian  36 games
Ian Nepomniachtchi  34 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
S Palatnik vs Geller, 1980
Vaganian vs G Botterill, 1975
Anand vs Karpov, 1998
Z Mestrovic vs Gligoric, 1971
Tartakower vs Alekhine, 1936
S Terentiev vs J Gallagher, 1990
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  Eric Schiller: <KingG> You are absolutely correct. The only thing an early d5 is good for is an Anti-Gruenfeld strategy, and there it is most often seen via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d5!?
Dec-16-05  who: It also stops the nimzo-indian - doesn't it? And my understanding is that at the top level the nimzo-indian is considered one of black's best defenses.
Dec-16-05  who: In other words, if black wants to play a book line they're left with the kings indian or old indian. That seems like quite an accomplishment.
Dec-18-05  who: and of course it prevents transposition into a regular QGD with ...e6, ...d5 or ...c6, ...d5
Mar-09-06  Dudley: 1.d4 Nf6 2. d5 seems like a waste of time. Moving the same piece or pawn is a violation of opening principles. It may prevent a certain defense but allowi another one with greater effectiveness than usual. White's prematurely advance pawn can be attacked with c6 or e6, unlike the Benonni proper when it can only be attacked with e6.
Mar-30-06  drukenknight: I always like playing the TRomposky it seems no two games ever look the same. In this one white came up with a novel knight maneuver (at least in this variation) that helps him regain some of the momentum, it turned into a real interesting position. Has anyone seen this N-d2/c4 thing in the Tromposky?

1. d4 Nf6
2. Bg5 Ne4
3. Bh4 c5
4. f3 Qa5+
5. c3 g5
6. fxe4 gxh4
7. Nd2 (this move appears to be novel in the chess lab database)

8. Nc4 Qc5
9. Qxd4 Qxd4
10. cxd4 Bg7
11. e3 Nc6
12. Nf3 Nb4
13. Kd2 b5
14. Na3 a6
15. Nxh4 Bb7
16. Nf5 Rg8

it's still a real intersting game from here.

Mar-08-07  drukenknight: A memorable one in Tromposky. Alekhine pulled off something like the tactical idea here involving the pin on the a pawn, that was a NImzo Indian defense though. But it left me in a dilemma as to whether to go for material or attack the K....

1. d4 Nf6
2. Bg5 Ne4
3. h4 f6
4. Bf4 c5
5. dxc5 Qa5+
6. c3 e5
7. Bd2 Qxc5
8. e3 Nc6
9. b4 Qb6
10. Na3 a5
11. Nb5 axb4
12. cxb4 Bxb4
13. Bxb4 Nxb4
14. a3 Qa5
15. Qb3 Nc2+
16. Ke2 okay now what to do? go for material or attack the K?

17. Kf3 Qxf2+
18. Kxe4 Qf5+! and 0-1

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  keypusher: "Gedult" means patience, no? 1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 d5 3. g4 doesn't seem like a very patient opening.
Apr-25-07  MaxxLange: <1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 d5 3. g4 >

1.d4 doesn't seem to contribute to the grotesque weakening of White's Kingside, and should probably not be played.

Oct-06-07  notyetagm: Good news, Trompers: IM Richard Palliser has signed a contract to write <Starting Out: The Trompowsky Attack> due out next summer:
Oct-06-07  GeauxCool: <notyetagm - wait till next summer to buy SO-Tromp> Why not Peter Wells, "Winning with the Trompowsky"? I loved that one! Has it become outdated?
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  tpstar: Today's Opening of the Day yields two useful trivia questions that should stump almost everyone:

Q: What is 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 called?

A: The Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit Opening Explorer

Q: Who was the most famous practitioner?

A: Humphrey Bogart = Bogart vs NN, 1933

Nov-19-07  notyetagm: IM Richard Palliser is writing <Starting Out: The Trompowsky Attack> for Everyman Chess, due out in April/May 2008:
Mar-13-09  WhiteRook48: 2 Bg5
Apr-24-09  Marmot PFL: my quickest online win - 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 Ne4 3 Bf4 c5 4 d5 Qb6 5 b3 Qf6 0-1
Apr-16-10  rapidcitychess: <Marmot PFL>
Beat this!
I'm Black
1.d4 Nf6 2.c3 g6 0-1
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  gezafan: Here's a game I won as black.

1.d4 Nf6
2.Bg5 c5
3.d5 Qb6
4.b3 h6
5.Bf6 Qf6
6.Na3 Qc3+

Aug-13-10  cuppajoe: How come there seem to be so few master games in the Trompowsky attack where White follows through on the threat to give Black doubled f-pawns? I've been looking through the db in the 2...d5 line, and I've only found two so far, both wins for Black (below).

Follow up question: if, as I suspect, doubled f-pawns aren't that big of a deal, then what's the point of the Trompowsky attack?

R Djurhuus vs Carlsen, 2006
Z Mamedjarova vs Y Dembo, 2009

Nov-16-10  rapidcitychess: After 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.h4 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5+ 5.Nd2 Nxg5 6.hxg5 Qxc5 7.g6 fxg6

Instead of 6...Qxc5, 6...g6 is more popular. So logically I think 7.g6! Looking at the games it seems to hard to hold the pawn. So is that the point of 6...g6? Or is it something else?

Sep-14-11  ProjectR: Kingcrusher annotated a Kasparov simul game where he played 2.Bg5 ..Ne4 3.Bf4 i believe,in this opening..he destroyed his opponent,which led me to try it but with different results of course
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Gedult Attack
1.d4 ♘f6 2.f3 d5 3.g4

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  FSR: I've had people play one move and then resign for some reason (the boss came in? their computer and phone are on the same line and the phone rang?). I also had a game that went 1.g4? e5 2.f4?? Qh4#, but I'm not sure whether that was a real game or my opponent was just screwing around. The shortest thing I would consider a real win is 1.d4 e5?! 2.Bg5?? Qxg5 0-1. I'm guessing my opponent premoved 2.Bg5, or had the move ready to play and didn't manage to retract it when I played something unexpected. (2.Bg5 is reasonable enough after 1...Nf6, 1...d5, or 1...f5.)
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Richter-Veresov Attack
1.d4 d5 2.♘c3 ♘f6 3.♗g5

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Jul-05-21  Zahodjakin: There's no reason to play a weak move like 2. d5? after 1. d4, Nf6. It's a waste of tempo.

Your choices are to play 2. c4 and face the Indian Defenses or the Queen's Pawn Game, where you have several choices, according to your personal preferences.

If you play 2. c4, you'll get Space. If you play a move like 2. Nf3, you'll get a faster development, but in return, Black will get his equalizing ...c5 in, a move that's hard for him after White plays 2. c4.

Jul-13-22  Amarande: Gedult Attack again.

This is crazy, right? A quick win for Black with some fireworks should be in the offing, right?

Nah, seems more like it ends up going more like this.

1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.g4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bb5 e6 6.Ne2 Bd6 7.Nbc3 Bd7 8.b3 Qa5 9.Bb2 cxd4 10.Bxc6 dxc3 11.Bxc3 Bb4 12.Bxd7+ Nxd7 13.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 14.Qd2 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Ne5 16.Nd4 Rc8 17.h3 Kd7 18.c3 a6 19.f4 Nc6 20.Rac1 Nxd4 21.cxd4 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Rc8 23.Rxc8 Kxc8 1/2-1/2

Well that went flat faster than Juicy Fruit, and I never really saw a good chance to take advantage of White's craziness (Nxg4 with Qh4+ early on was the only thing that really came to mind, and it isn't sound).

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