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gidgiddoni ♡ 34 ( +1 | -1 )
Orang Utan Opening! Found this in a chess openings book by Neil McDonald:

"1 b4 is the Orang Utan Opening, so named after its inventor Tartakower fell in love with an ape during a visit to the zoo whilst playing in the great 1924 tournament in New York."

Anybody have any background on this?? (Although I'm not totally certain I want to know...)
bullmoose ♡ 31 ( +1 | -1 )
I have it in The Mammoth Book of Chess as the Sokolsky Opening with an interesting trap:

1.b4 d5
2.Bb2 Nd7
3.Nf3 Ng-f6
4.e3 g6
5.c4 dxc4
6.Bxc4 Bg7??
7.Bxf7+! 1-0

Also, there was a GK thread on this a while back:


furious ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Hugothebest2001 Take a look at Hugothebest2001's games....Hey uses that opening alot
blindio ♡ 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Sokolsky (Orang Utan) Opening We'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.
cyrano ♡ 79 ( +1 | -1 )
The name Tartakower 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)
chris21 ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
I thought 1b4 was the polish opening?

Chessmaster 9000 seems to think so anyway.
hugothebest2001 ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Try to play against it! If somebody wants to play against 1.b4 Try to challenge me. It is a very nice opening. Or maybey i have to play with the black pieces against 1.b4

I see you

Greetings Pascal
hugothebest2001 ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Our challenge our team Challenge the Dutchables. The most active team here at this site. We are now standing at the third position but whe are aiming higher.

And if you challenge our team. The will allways accepted to play against me, because i want to play a lot of teamgames.

See you

Greetings Pascal
bigmick ♡ 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"> #368562 and
board #498212" target="_blank"> #498212

Also, take a look at:

This link was given to my by gromanswe. My thanks to him.

tovmauzer ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Bigmick I believe that author of the site played here himself for some time (marekt) :)
bigmick ♡ 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*.

wittowgirl ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
wittowgirls-minitournament dear chessfriends,
please look at in my mini-tournament
1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.f4 exf4
This is Orang-Utan
without refusal the Gambit.
Please join the game
hugothebest2001 ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
It's a nice game I play that game also at this moment, but i wil follow your game too very interesting. Keep on doing the good work!

Greetings Pascal
wittowgirl ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
mini tournament please challange my in this tournament
bigmick ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
wittowgirl Thank you for your invitation, but I can't take on any more games at the moment. My apologies.

wittowgirl ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
mini tournament best weekand for all
Orang-Utan Fans

wittowgirl ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
mini tournament join in this minitournament
wittowgirl ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
b4-Minitournament Hello b4-fans,
best weekand, challenge this tournament
mercy ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
khw (here on gameknot) exclusively plays 1.b4
wittowgirl ♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 )
on mercy hello 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