Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Alexey Sokolsky vs Alexander Kotov
Leningrad (1938)
Polish Opening: Bugayev Advance Variation (A00)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 15 times; par: 50 [what's this?]

find similar games 6 more Sokolsky/Kotov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: All games have a Kibitzer's Corner provided for community discussion. If you have a question or comment about this game, register a free account so you can post there.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-02-05  ice lemon tea: what is the name of 1.b4 opening? it Orangutan Opening?
Jan-02-05  Leviathan: I think that 'Sokolsky opening' is the most appropriate name (because Sokolsky apparently was the first to analyze it in depth).

Before him, it was referred to as the 'Urangutan opening' because of a joke told by Tartakower (see Tartakower vs Maroczy, 1924)

Jan-02-05  hintza: 1.b4 is known as the Orangutan, but also as the Polish Opening. It is also sometimes named after Alexey Sokolsky, one of this system's major advocates (indeed, the same Sokolsky who played 1.b4 in this page's game).
Jan-29-05  nextime: i believe that the Polish is 1.d4 1...b5, but i might be mistaken
Feb-22-05  bsprizzle: The Polish Defense is 1.d4,1.b5, but the Polish Opening is 1.b4. 1.b4 has three names- the Polish Opening, the Sokolsky opening, and the Orangutan. I love the Orangutan! It's pretty effective, even on people who are familiar with the opening. But you have to play Bb2 on either the 2nd or third move for it to be any good.
Feb-22-05  aw1988: I call 1. b4 the Sokolsky opening; certainly playable.
Nov-26-05  Chopin: Fischer played the Polish Opening in 1964 in a San Francisco simultaneous:

Fischer vs K Walters, 1964

Nov-26-05  Maroczy: I still haven't discovered why " Polish" has been attached to this opening, Sokolsky was Russian.
Nov-26-05  ughaibu: I think it's Polish on account of Tartakower.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: I worked with a fellow named Sokolsky once, and one day I told him, "Here's some trivia about your family name you probably didn't know. There was a chess master named Sokolsky, and there is an chess opening 'The Sokolsky Opening' which is named after him." He responded: "No kidding? I bet it's a very weird opening!" LOL.
Nov-26-05  Maroczy: <ughaibu>OK. I'll buy that, I forgot Tartakower was Polish. Thanks.
Nov-26-05  ughaibu: My pleasure.
Nov-26-05  Akavall: Does anybody here play this opening (1.b4)? I played it when I was a real beginner and the game when like this, 1.b4 e6 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxg7, but after my opponets got better I droped it.

I think it is really easy for black to get a comfortable play here and there are many ways to do it. I like 1...d5 followed by Qd6 plan the best, but this is just a matter of taste of cousre.

Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: I started playing this opening on the Internet, against players with higher ratings than mine, and had a great deal of success with it. Then I started studying it in earnest, and I stopped winning. But I stuck with "Play 1.b4!" by Yuri Lapshun, and lately I've started winning again. Personally, I think this opening's a keeper.
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: Six months later... The more you play this opening, the better it works.
Feb-12-10  siggemannen: I like 1. b4 d5 2. Bb2 Qd6 against this opening, which gains tempo on building a strong center with e5 later.
Feb-12-10  FHBradley: <siggemannen:> Have you taken a look at this?
Feb-26-10  siggemannen: Actually I think I got the idea from that article! I haven't looked at it in greater depths, but haven't had problems with 1.b4 since.
Feb-26-10  laskereshevsky: Few time ago in a tournament after 1.♙b4 i moved 1. ...Pd5

When my opponent replied very fast 2.♙f4 (??) automatically as much fast I moved 2. ...♙e6 (??)

Unfortunatly, I didnt even dreamed to think about the move 2. ...♕d6 (!)

Thats cause I checked youres comments for the first time only now.. :)

Apr-08-12  pogotheclown: I can't figure out why Kotov played Nc4 as opposed to exf. Black cannot win material on f3 because of Rb8+ but white ends up with an isolated pawn and his king is opened up a bit. Nc4 is just terrible.
Nov-29-17  Mistergq: @pogotheclown

if 26. ... exf then 27. QxRf4! If the knight goes anywhere else than Nc4, then Bg4 skewers the rooks.

Its a nice tactic.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collection[what is this?]
Polish : 1/2-1/2
from SnootyFox's favorite games by SnootyFox

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC