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R Johansson vs O Gradin
cr SSKK Veteran-SM 1 (1985) (correspondence)
Polish Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A00)  ·  1-0


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Oct-21-03  AdrianP: What is this all about... did Black die laughing...?
Dec-28-03  northernsoul: doesn't look decisive to me...
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  crafty: 8. ... ♘h6 9. ♘f3 ♘f7 10. ♕b3 ♕e7 11. ♕d3   (eval 2.40; depth 11 ply; 500M nodes)
Premium Chessgames Member Note that the "cr" indicates a correspondence game. Black misplayed the opening and decided to call it quits.
May-29-05  bozzie13: what is the b4 opening called and how can i find out more about it? ... thanks anyone
May-29-05  aw1988: 1. b4 is actually called the Orangutan opening. I think it was named by Tartakower in New York 1924, but I'm not sure, I'd have to look it up. The basic idea is queenside expansion, fianchetto of the QB, and potentially posting a knight on c4 with a pawn on e4 (with naturally a knight on c3 first).
May-29-05  hintza: Also known as the Polish Opening or the Sokolsky Opening.
Sep-17-05  hamworld: yo after 4.. e5 why didn't the dude do 6 c4xb5 a6xb5 7 Bf1xb5
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  whiteshark: Here is a nice picture of the black player:
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  fm avari viraf: <Whiteshark> Thanks for the lovely picture. Was Black stranded in toilet?
Mar-25-08  Samagonka: Did I log in on the "Chess for beginner's" site?
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  Underworld: As far as I can see, black just gave up. A pawn down, no play on the king side or queen side. Terrible positioning of blacks pawns. White was probably looking for Qe2 next move.
Nov-05-08  thebribri8: No. I just think that black reacted a bit delayed to the fact that he played the SYMMETRICAL POLISH OPENING!!!
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  GrahamClayton: <>Note that the "cr" indicates a correspondence game. Black misplayed the opening and decided to call it quits.

This game was probably played back in the era of "snail mail". Black probably didn't want to waste any stamps or envelopes on a lost position!

Feb-13-09  YoungEd: I know that ...f6 is fairly common for Black against a Polish, but it's normally to protect an e5 pawn and blunt White's bishop thereby. Here, it's just a dud. If Black is going to pla5 1. ...b5, he may as well play 2. ...♗b7.
Jul-05-09  WhiteRook48: 1...b5?
Aug-23-10  invas0rX: noobs
Oct-09-10  Elsinore: The most appropriately named opening in chess. It rivals 1.a3, the old Anderssen opening.
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  Domdaniel: <Black probably didn't want to waste any stamps or envelopes on a lost position!>

There was a snailmail trick to avoid using too many envelopes: you recorded moves on a card, put it in a window envelope, and folded it shut without sealing it. This way you could use the same envelope many times, and some countries had a cheaper rate for open or unsealed mail.

1...b5 is actually OK. So is the idea of blocking the long diagonal with ...f6, though normally one would play ...e5 first, as <YoungEd> points out. But the combination of ...b5 and ...f6, as seen here, is dubious.

It's easy to go wrong in the Orang, which may be a good reason to play it. I had a game (as Black, in the Irish Championship) go 1.b4 b6 2.Bb2 e6 3.e3 Bb7 4.f4? Qh4+ 5.g3 and Black wins the b-pawn after either 5...Qh6 (better) or 5...Qe7 (which I chose).

I eventually got mated in time trouble, so maybe errors in the opening don't matter so much in OTB play. But Black was justified in resigning here after Bc4 - correspondence is less forgiving.

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  playground player: Oh, ye of little faith! Try playing against this opening as played by Yuri Lapshun or Bill Wall, and see how funny it is for Black.
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