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W McCutchen vs Victor Ossipov
Winter Marathon (2000), Mechanics' Institute, rd 1, Nov-21
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0


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  fredthebear: These are hybrid openings. White plays something of a Stonewall Attack and the label suggests Black is playing a Hippopotamus defense. A true Hippo fianchettoes both bishops, and generally seeks to retain the bishops as they become quite powerful once the pawns are cleared off the board. Black's 8.Nd7 and 10.Ne7 is featured in the Hippopotamus defense.

Castling is a developing move for the rooks. Connected rooks make the back rank much stronger - the rooks protect each other. Had Black castled kingside, he could have combatted White's queenside penetration better, or perhaps countered with rook penetration of his own. Castling might have prevented 30.Rxh7 and the skewer 33.Ra8+. Instead, the Black king in the center accomplishes nothing.

The coffin was ordered after 23.Rbb7 gave White the significant positional advantage of connected rooks on the 7th. Then the 27.Ne5 outpost followed by 28.QxQd5 exchanging off Black's best attacking piece, and the coffin is well on it's way to fulfillment.

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  fredthebear: It appears Black could have gained an edge after the exchange sequence 16...NxBd3 17.Qxb7 0-0 18.cxNd3 QxNd2 19.QxNe7 Qxe3+ 20.Kg2 Rab8, etc.
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