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In Dutch the name is Sokolsky opening or Orang-utan
I don't like it
This is a tricky opening in blitz, lightning and bullet but as long as black doesn't go for the bait then theres good winning chances. First few times I faced it I got into bad positions, but once the one trick pony aspect of it lessened, it became easier to counter act.
This is a perfect opening for blitz game to my opinion but not for serious game. However it is not a stupid opening at all. This opening has it own logic. The b pawn most of the time move to b5 and really slow down the black development. I sometime convert this to a bird opening with f4 few steps after b4 (not always possible) otherwise I play e3 Nf3 Be2 and try to push c4 later on. It gaves me great result and it also works with black (1.d4 b5 !?). Regards
As others have mentioned, black has a great winning percentage against this in the master games database, so it's hard to imagine why white would choose it. I think the difficulty is that the opening is fairly rare, so you have to think a lot about the move, and you can make some early positional mistakes if you aren't paying enough attention. I guess this is more the case for weaker players, like myself, who are still learning how to exploit positional weaknesses.
This opening isn't as bad as other openings (such as the soudium opening?!). It just controls the c5 square so the c-pawn won't go tho c5 to control d4. Other than that, I don't get why people play these openings. Why not just control c5 whith the d-pawn. Anyway, black wins 41.14% of the time other than white winning 36.97% of the time. You could play this aginist weak players but not aginist GMs (even though GMs play this?!).
I have played the Polish mostly against weaker players, and have won almost every game. I rarely play it against players of the same strength, but like to play it against players who are not familiar with this opening.
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to those who say that this opening is bad for white and you lose a tempo etc, if you know what you are doing, it is a good opening, espesially since most players seem to underestimate this. you do not lose a tempo either because you simply just pressure the queenside and force black to take action. i play this in nearly every game as white, with great succes. this opening often makes your oponent think alot and become confused. a soon to be IM lost against it in a time handicap blitz game AGAINST A 1600 RATED PLAYER because he had to think to much about it, that proves the power of b4 in blitz games. as i said earlier, it also works in longer games.
The Orangutan opening got its name from Savielly Tartakower (1887-1956). On a free day during the 1924 New York International, a tour was organized to the Bronx zoo. Tartakower walked by the cage where an orangutan was housed. The orangutan, named Susan, moved closer to Tartakower when Tartakower got closer to the cage. Tartakower, in jest, asked the orangutan what opening should Tartakower play in the next round, and showed the orangutan a chess set. The orangutan suggested somehow to Tartakower to play 1.b4. Since the climbing movement of the pawn to b4 and then to b5 reminded Tartakower of the climbing movement of the orangutan, he called it the Orangutan, and the name stuck. The next day, Tartakower did play 1.b4 against Geza Maroczy and drew in round 4. The opening went 1.b4 Nf6 2.Bb2 e6 3.b5 d5 4.e3 Be7 5.f4 O-O 6.Bd3 a6 7.a4 axb5 8.axb5 Rxa1 9.Bxa1 Nbd7 and a draw was agreed in 54 moves (an even Bishop and Pawn endgame).
@rukja, fun game!
vfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffwhoa great opening
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I used to play b4 every game, less so now but theese are both quite usefull in 1 minute. Anyone who plays should know theese. They also work in longer games but the first idea isnt always a great one. With a few more moves on both sides the sacs work just great.
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