|Apr-15-05|| ||Knight13: This guy is really good at playing 1. b4. This opening name should name after him. Like Sokolsky's Opening. |
|Apr-15-05|| ||Eatman: <Knight13> I believe in old Soviet Union it was in fact called Sokolsky's Opening. |
|Apr-15-05|| ||Knight13: <Eatman> Oh. I didn't know that. Thank you for telling me that.|
NOW I KNOW!
|Nov-26-05|| ||WMD: Died 27 December 1969.|
|Feb-12-06|| ||Belezky: Taken from http://amici.iccf.com/issues/issue_...|
"... Alexey Pavlovich Sokolsky (1908 – 1969), the well-known chess master (since 1938), twice champion of Ukraine (1947/48, over-the-board), and runner-up of the 1st Soviet correspondence chess championship (1948/51).
The name of Sokolsky is known now mostly due to his opening research and developments, and one can read more about him elsewhere (see  and references therein). Sokolsky was a recognized trainer; he taught chess since 1936, was a permanent second of his close friend I. Boleslavsky since 1945 (including FIDE Candidates tournaments 1950, 1953), head coach of the Belarus national team, and an arbiter.
He was an author of a dozen books, some of which have been translated into European languages, but we would like to mention his accomplishments  in addition to citations of . Being interested in various chess features, he was a composer of problems and endgames studies. Finally, he was a Godfather of Belarus postal chess, he headed the Belarus postal chess commission to organise the 1st correspondence chess championship of Belarus in 1964/65."
|Feb-12-06|| ||Belezky: References
1. T.Harding, How Sokolsky played the Sokolsky (2003) - www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz85.pdf
2. A. Sokolsky, Pawns in Movement (Moscow, 1962), in Russian.
3. L. Bondar, E. Mochalov (eds.), Sokolsky Memorials (Polymia, Minsk, 1989), in Russian.
4. T. Harding (ed.), MegaCorr CD (ChessMail Ltd., Dublin, 1999).
5. S. Grodzensky, T. Harding, Red Letters (ChessMail Ltd., Dublin, 2003).
|Oct-24-06|| ||mack: What a dire Solosky has on this site - could somebody sort it out, please?|
|Mar-15-07|| ||erad1288: this dude is crazy!!! He definitely has my respect even though his attacks would probably be quickly refuted by computers. His games show a great sense of attack and he could mix it up with anyone.|
|Nov-03-10|| ||wordfunph: Sokolsky books..
+ 1.b4 Sokolsky Opening by David Levy
+ Play 1.b4! by Lapshun & Conticello
+ 1.b4 - Theory and Practice of Sokolsky Opening by Konikowski & Soszynski
|Mar-14-12|| ||laurenttizano: Sokolsky Memorial , Tal , Fischer , Good Nyt ! Ave Maria!!|
|Mar-14-12|| ||laurenttizano: I will remember the Sokolsky Memorial as long as I Live.-GM Gary Kasparov!|
|Mar-14-12|| ||AlanPardew: Garry should fund a Sokolsky Memorial Memorial event.|
|Nov-03-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Alexey Sokolsky: Creater of 1.b4.|
|Nov-03-13|| ||parisattack: SOKOLSKY BOOKS
Bickford - Sokolsky Gambit
Bickford - Polish with 1. ...e5
Elwert - Gewinnt mit 1. b4!
Gillian - Sokolsky Opening
Grund - Sokolski-Eroffnung
Harding - Dynamic Chess Openings
Hildebrand - 1. b2-b4 (German)
Ivanov - Orangutan 1. b4
Koniwosky -Theory and Practice of the Sokolsky
Lapshun -Play 1. b2-b4
Levy - b4 Sokolsky’s Opening
Lonsdale - Sokolsky Opening: Birmingham Gambit
Lonsdale: Sokolsky Opening: Symmetrical Variation
Pallister - Beating Unusual Chess Openings
Santesiere - The Futuristic Chess Opening
Schiffler - Orang-Utan
Sokolsky - 1. b2-b4
Soltis - 1. P-QN4
Soltjar / Kadratjew - Sokolski-Eroffnung
Tangborn - Beating the Flank Openings
The Moravian Series (1-4)
Wall - Orangutan
Yakovyev- Debyut Sokolskova (Kiev 1958)
Levy's book is actually an English translation of Sokolsky's work with some updates.
|Nov-03-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexey Sokolsky.|
|Oct-05-17|| ||Troller: <As far as openings are concerned, more particularly White's first move, Henri Grob played more than 5000 corr-games with 1.g2-g4 which therefore bears his name. It is the worst of the 20 possibilities, an error! I am not sure I would call 1.f3 that, neither 1.Nh3. Both 1.h4 and 1.a4 are fine moves and the best second move depends on Black's answer. But what about the Orangutang or Sokolsky's Opening 1.b2-b4. It is perfectly all right!|
It has been claimed that 1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 is good for Black. Complete nonsense!
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White has more central pawns and should get ready for a long game. It is not certain that the bishop should remain on the long diagonal. White's 4th move? For many years I have regarded 4.c4 as too ambitious. But after 4.e3, 4.h3 and 4.h4 I can see an initiative for White, also after 4.c3.>
-Bent Larsen 2008