10362 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Anybody know anything good to do with the Polish Opening (1. b4!?)
The Polish Opening or The Sokolsky Opening (also called The Orangutan) is an uncommon chess opening in which White opens with 1.b4. According to ChessBase, in master level chess, out of the twenty possible first moves from White, 1.b4 ranks ninth in popularity.
The opening has never been popular at the top level, though a number of prominent players have employed it on occasion (for example, Richard Réti against Abraham Speijer in Scheveningen 1923 and Boris Spassky against Vasily Smyslov in the 1960 Moscow–Leningrad match). Perhaps its most famous use came in the game Tartakower–Maroczy, New York 1924. The name "Orangutan Opening" originates from that game: the players had visited the zoo the previous day, and Tartakower had consulted an orangutan there about what move he should open with the next day. Soviet player Alexei Pavlovich Sokolsky (1908–1969) wrote a monograph on this opening in 1963, Debyut 1 b2-b4.
The opening is largely based upon tactics on the queenside or the f6 and g7 squares. Black can respond in a variety of ways: perhaps the most principled is to make a claim to the centre (which White's first move ignores) with 1...d5 (possibly followed by 2.Bb2 Qd6, attacking b4 and supporting e7-e5 (Martin 2004)), 1...e5 or 1...f5, though less ambitious moves like 1...Nf6, 1...c6 (called the Outflank Variation, preparing ...Qb6 or ...a5), and 1...e6 are also reasonable. Rarer attempts have been made with 1...a5 or 1...c5. 1...e6 is usually followed by ...d5, ...Nf6 and an eventual ...c5. After 1.b4 e5 it is normal for White to ignore the attack on the b-pawn and play 2.Bb2, when 2...d6, 2...f6, and 2...Bxb4 are all playable. After 1...a5 White will most likely play 2.b5 and take advantage of Black's queenside weakness. 1...c5 is much sharper and more aggressive and is normally used to avoid theory. After the capture Black will generally place pressure on the c5 square and will develop an attack against White's weak queenside structure.
Careful... the article you cut and pasted is copyrighted. I believe Wikipedia usually allows copying their articles as long you credit them similar to as follows:
The material in this post is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sokolsky Opening".
david, are you trying to play the opening or play against it? Chesslecture.com has a short but useful video on how to play against it and other uncommon openings. I know an expert who uses it as their primary opening, so it's quite playable.
Here's the mainline:
1.b4 e5 - e5 begins to control the center and attacks White's b-pawn.
2.Bb2 Bxb4!? - White counter-attacks, and Black allows the swap!?
3.Bxe5 Nf6 - White won a central pawn for a wing pawn, but he's lagging in development. Black has a reasonable middlegame to look forward to.
Thanks for the advice!
Remember that the Sokolsky Opening is very similar to Grobs attack. Instead of 3. Bxe5 a thing to try would be 3. f4 . Now if the opponent is silly enough to take the pawn (doubtful, but it happens) youve got a pawn and a rook to claim. Otherwise, it continues fine anyway, try to play c3 or c4 and release the queen for a powerful attack on the king.
If you're defending against 1. b4, I suggest either 1... d4 or 1... a4. There are many things you can play around with in this opening. The symmetrical variation (1.b4 b5) yields particularly interesting results; you could follow up with 2. Nc3 or a3.
According to my database, White plays 3.Bxe5 in 95% of games and 3.f4 in 5% of games, but 3.f4 is definitely an interesting sideline. An easy reply is 3...d6. Black scores a whopping 65% and the position has similarities to the mainline.
White has eliminated Black's central pawns, but Black has a 3-piece development lead and attacking potential along the e1-h4 diagonal. As always, the best player should win!
I already said Black has a development lead in return for White's central pawns. I should add that Black is obligated to launch an attack soon and secure at least some concessions! If he doesn't do that, White will catch up in development, and then White's central pawns may become overpowering. The above game shows how to do that.
Sokolsky Opening, Symmetrical Variation.
I'd try to open up some space by playing d5. Then march the e pawn down the board
I can't say I reccomend that: 11. ... d5? Nxe5 and if played out causes serious problems for black.
Black is up a pawn and has traded a knight for a bishop. Unfortunately for black, the position does not leave too many favourable moves. At this point, blacks least unpleasent options are in my opinion castling kingside, or Bb2 to remove white's ability to castle queenside and to move Qg5 and put pressure on Black's kingside.
In afterthought, 3. e4 was a bad move (which should have been followed by 3. ... Nxb4, 3. c3 would have been better, and possibly continued by 3. ... d4 4. b5 Nd4 5. Bxf8 Rxf8, trading a bishop for a bishop, and black loosing the right to castle kingside. Or, perhaps 3. ... b5 which would turn into something very similar to the position shown earlier, as b5 prevents b5.
12/6/2013 - Mate in 8
by apSnDyY 3 minutes ago
Alexandra Kosteniuk Beautiful Woman of Chess
by Mr_Tarkanian 4 minutes ago
2200 vs 2700
by DrNyet 4 minutes ago
by macer75 6 minutes ago
Game disappeared from my archive..?
by jac1yn 13 minutes ago
captcha phrase wont work
by jac1yn 14 minutes ago
by jac1yn 15 minutes ago
walt disney pub
by jac1yn 16 minutes ago
Chess Is Garbage, Here Are My Own Openings
by MoonSnow 19 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2013 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!