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Ratmir Kholmov vs Maximilian Ujtelky
Chigorin Memorial (1964), Sochi URS, rd 6, Sep-??
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Ujtelky used this setup in Robatsch/Pirc (i.e. early a6, b6, d6, e6) quite regularly and not without success. This game is far less strange example than Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 from the same tournament.
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  birthtimes: This is called the Hippopotamus Opening cuz Black moves most of his pawns initially to his third rank, thus looking somewhat like a hippopotamus lying low in the water...this is probably the closest one can get to chess 960, aka Fischer Random Chess, in that this opening offers everyone the chance to play fresh original chess without long forcing lines that have been analyzed to's also great for blitz if one knows the essentials of this opening...
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: And good grief--our friend Ujtelky is at it again. Up until move 14, his play actually looks rather normal to modern eyes, but after that, his mad pawn storm on the King side looks like, well, um, madness. His opponents must have hated facing him, even when they pounded his pet opening.
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