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Joseph G Gallagher vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Biel SUI (2000), rd 4, Jul-27
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  0-1


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Sep-09-04  familyguy: nice trotting by pono using the hippo opening with some timely pawn breaks although white's set-up was very uncoordinated. i think that this system is so flexible for black that it ends up making white capitulate himself which occured in this game. It is funny because gallagher later used the hippo as black against hallinger in the 2001 british championships
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  IMlday: Great game! This is a really difficult line to understand. 11.Rfe1 (?) seems perfectly natural but after 11..g6-g5! the B/e3 is both 'in the way' and 'going nowhere'. White has 'gridlock'. :-) 11.Bf4 must have been better. Players who have been run over by the Hippopotamus are nowadays calling it a 'Scorpian' instead.
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  IMlday: compare: S Haslinger vs J Gallagher, 2002
Sep-11-04  familyguy: yeah imlday that was the game i mentioned that game against haslinger is also very interesting and it seems like a neat line to try as black
Nov-22-06  Maatalkko: I guess Gallagher got converted to the Hippo after this loss!
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