28 ( +1 | -1 ) Sokolsky (Orang Utan) OpeningWe've got a Fide Master at our club who uses it quite often. He has a good rate of success with it. It's very good for surprise value, and for taking opponents out of their own book-knowledge quickly. He says it's reasonably sound, and as I can't dent him when he plays it I'm in no position to contradict him.
79 ( +1 | -1 ) The nameTartakower wrote in his book "My best games 1905-1954" Volume one, in his comments on 1.b4 in his game avaginst Reti (Wien 1919) "This move, wich has so bizarre an aspect, occupies a place of honour amongst the "freak" openings. Later, at the New York Tournament of 1924 I termed this the "Orang-outang" opening, not only because I employed it there - against Maroczy - after a previous consultation with a young orang-outang (during a visit by all the masters to the New York Zoo on the eve of the game in question), but also since the climbing movement b4-b5 is reminiscent of that inventive animal. The name has stuck." It was a joke, typical of Tartakower humor. Later the opening was deeply analyzed by a strong Russian master and is called also with his name (Sokolsky)
123 ( +1 | -1 ) I've played it...... a few times, on gameknot twice. Once was against krzi in which I played the english-orang-utan. I won, but mostly thanks to the surprise factor, I feel.
The second time was against midknightwarrior. He beat the bejeezus out of me :).
The games can be found at:
board #368562" target="_blank">gameknot.com/chess.pl?board #368562 and board #498212" target="_blank">gameknot.com/chess.pl?board #498212
Also, take a look at:
This link was given to my by gromanswe. My thanks to him.
17 ( +1 | -1 ) BigmickI believe that author of the site played here himself for some time (marekt) :)
59 ( +1 | -1 ) Indeed, thank you for pointing this out! It's interesting that the lowest rated loss is against a 1200 rated thegreatpolgar :). I wonder if he's ever looked back to see how she's doing...
gromanswe also introduced me to the Latvian gambit, which I have to say I'm rather fond of. I noticed that the site also has a "Latvian corner". It must be a Swedish thing.... *grin*.
20 ( +1 | -1 ) wittowgirls-minitournamentdear chessfriends, please look at in my mini-tournament 1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.f4 exf4 This is Orang-Utan Mayboom-Kurchakowski-Gambit without refusal the Gambit. Please join the game
17 ( +1 | -1 ) It's a nice gameI play that game also at this moment, but i wil follow your game too very interesting. Keep on doing the good work!
4 ( +1 | -1 ) mini tournamentplease challange my in this tournament
16 ( +1 | -1 ) wittowgirlThank you for your invitation, but I can't take on any more games at the moment. My apologies.
6 ( +1 | -1 ) mini tournamentbest weekand for all Orang-Utan Fans
6 ( +1 | -1 ) mini tournamentjoin in this minitournament Kurchakowski-Maiboom-Gambit
10 ( +1 | -1 ) b4-MinitournamentHello b4-fans, best weekand, challenge this tournament Kurchakowski-Maiboom-Gambit
4 ( +1 | -1 ) khw (here on gameknot) exclusively plays 1.b4
22 ( +1 | -1 ) on mercyhello mercy, best greetings from germany. My first opening is b4 Orang-Utan. I have a minitournament startet 1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.f4 exf4 Mayboom-Kurchakowski Gambit Please challenge this tournament