Unusual Openings Round Four: Monkey Business

Posted: 14/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

Round four began with The Orang-Utan opening which  starts out with the move b4. The name derives from the game Tartakower versus Maróczy, New York City 1924. Legend has it that 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. 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). The opening proved much more sedate than the Frankenstein monster of round 3, with 4 wins and a draw for white. Results for the A Division are updated here, and for the B division here. Next week the B division will complete the first round robin and start a second. Remember if we manage four juniors every night then the junior with the most cumulative points wins a book prize.

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 f6 3. e4 Bxb4 4. Bc4 Ne7 5. f4 d5 6. exd5  exf4 7. Qf3 Bd6 *


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