Animals

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A list of chess openings named after animals.

* Black Mustang Defense 1.Nf3 Nc6;
* Bullfrog Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4;
* Canard Opening 1.d4 Nf6 2.f4;
* Clam Variation 1.e4 e5 2.d3;
* Crab Opening 1.a4 e5 2.h4;
* Elephant Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5;
* English Orangutan 1.c4 Nf6 2.b4;
* English Rat 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5;
* Fried Fox Variation 1.e4 f6 2.d4 Kf7;
* Giraffe Attack of the Vienna Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Qg4;
* Great Snake 1.c4 g6;
* Halibut Gambit of the English Opening 1.c4 b5;
* Hawk Defense 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nf3 c4;
* Hedgehog a pawn formation adopted usually by Black that can arise from   several openings;
* Hippopotamus Defence  a name for various chess opening systems in which  Black moves a number of his pawns to the third rank                                (usually a6, b6, d6, e6, g6, h6);
* Kangaroo Defense 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+;
* Kingfisher Gambit of the Dutch Defense 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4;
* Lizard Attack of the Dunst Opening 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2;
* Lobster Gambit of the Latvian Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.g4;
* Medusa Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g5;
* Monkey's Bum of the Modern Defense
1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.Qf3 e6 4.d4 Bxd4 5.Ne2 Bg7 6.Nbc3;
* Mosquito Gambit of the Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Qh4;
* Orangutan Opening 1.b4;
* Porcupine Variation 1.c4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g4;
* Raptor Attack of the Trompowsky Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.h4;
* Rat Defence 1.d4 d6;
* Scorpion-Horus Gambit of the Caro-Kann Defence
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d3 dxe4 4.Bg5;
* Sicilian Pterodactyl 1.e4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.d4 c5;
* Snail Variation of the Old Benoni Defense  1.d4 c5 2.d5 Na6;
* Snake Variation of the Benoni Defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6;
* Tortoise Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bd3;
* Vulture Defense 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 Ne4;
* Wasp Variation of the Elephant Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nxe5 dxe4 4.Bc4 Qg5;
* Whale Opening 1.e4 e5 2.c4;
* Wild Bull Defense 1.e4 Nh6;

Estragon

1.d4 Nf6 2.g4 is the Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit, recognized as such in the literature.  I suspect the "Bullfrog" tag comes from someone who couldn't spell the proper name.

rich

You forgot Alekhines defense, Mokele Mbembe.

kwaloffer

Missing the Dragon and Pelikan Sicilians.

The_5th_Beatle

Also, the Wolf Variation of the Ruy Lopez (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O d6 5. d4 Bd7 6. Nc3 exd4) and the Queen's Gambit Declined (1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Rc1 c6 8. Qc2 Ne4)

fluffyninja
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Hadron

And Medusa was an animal?

arul_kumar

Very informative!

RonaldJosephCote

              "You talkin to me?"             The mob's got the same list!   The Rat, The Snake, The Whale

chumchum

very interesting

eaguiraud

You missed the black lion

Pulpofeira
Hadron escribió:

And Medusa was an animal?

A jellyfish in Spanish.

Ziggy_Zugzwang

The Bird and Bird variation of the Ruy.....(yes, I know, "Bird" was his name.)

Ziggy_Zugzwang

Basman's "Creepy Crawly", alluding to insects....

Ziggy_Zugzwang

1b3 , the "Baby Orangutan"  - (Larsen, I think)

ex_submariner
Great 60's group.