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


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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.
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.

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