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Efim Geller vs Maia Chiburdanidze
Women-Veterans (1992), Aruba, rd 6, Sep-??
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0



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Sep-03-15  Serbon91: Not sure about the openning,is this a Pirc?Anyway,good example of exploiting weak king's position in the center,and Geller crushed through with outrageous attack.Good game...
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  perfidious: The Pirc is 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6.
Sep-03-15  NeverAgain: This is the notorious Hippopotamus Defense

The position after 11...Ne7 is the classical Hippo setup with two slight differences:

- Black's d-pawn is on d5 rather than d6 (because of an early e5 push by White) - Black didn't manage to play ...h6 yet

The most notable proponent of the Hippo was the Slovak IM Ujtelky who beat Nezhmetdinov in a spectacular game at the 1964 Chigorin Memorial in Sochi with it. Ujtelky stubbornly persisted with it ever after, even against GM opposition, despite getting crushed by the likes of Spassky (twice), Larsen and Velimirovic. Even the lesser GMs like Suetin, Lein and Shamkovich drubbed his Hippo mercilessly. Oddly enough, he did manage to confuse Matulovic, Janosevic and Kholmov (no mean feat, that last one).

The Hippo is extremely flexible and can be reached via a variety of move orders. ECO-wise, it fits best under B06 as it can be considered a system within Modern/Robatsch Defense.

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