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Eugenio Torre vs Nona Gaprindashvili
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (1994), it, rd 10
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0

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Sep-13-16
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  fredthebear: This game shows the weakness of doubled isolated pawns (arising on the e6- and e5-squares), namely defending both with pieces and yet staying active. They get in the way! It takes awhile, but the White queen makes good use of the e6-square. White is down a piece, but she will check and fork her way to gaining material. White also has the passer on the b-file.

Although there is central pressure, it appears Black could have played 15...exd5 before castling. On the other hand, keeping the White knight out of the d5-square and retaining Black's own light-squared bishop on the long diagonal makes an argument to allow, even encourage doubled e-pawns for Black. White gets a solid game that is not difficult to play.

One "advantage" for Black plaing the Hippopotamus defense is the unique middle game structures, especially pawn structures, that arise. Where one breaks through for piece activity is very much up in the air. If nothing else, it's a fair change-up from one's normal repertoire if one likes hypermodern chess using fianchettoed bishops.

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