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Is it a Tromp or is it a Sicilian?

The Trompowsky Opening 2...c5 3 Nc3 [A45] by IM Richard Palliser

After 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 c5 White usually exchanges on f6 or goes 3 d5, but 3 Nc3!? is not without bite and can lead Black into waters where he may not feel too comfortable. A respectable response is 3...cxd4 4 Qxd4 Nc6 5 Qh4 e6 6 e4 Be7 7 0-0-0 d6 8 f4 Qa5 when the position rather resembles a Sicilian:

Position after 8...Qa5

Perhaps White should begin with 9 Bb5!?, since 9 Nf3 h6 is quite awkward, but in Lindberg-Landa Black prefers 9...Bd7 and never looks too at home after 10 Bb5, although then again neither does the solid grandmaster ever really look like he might lose.

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