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Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Axel Smith
"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" (game of the day Dec-21-2015)
Sigeman & Co (2008), Malmo SWE, rd 4, Apr-25
Hungarian Opening: Indian Defense (A00)  ·  1-0



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May-07-08  piteira8: The knight at h7 is lost and the game is lost with it. 43. Kh1 appears to be a very quiet move, but it compels black to resign.
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  Gilmoy: White's Q moves 5 times, and her deepest forward advance was 16.Qa2. Crab walk!
May-10-08  SniperOnG7: The Hippo strikes back!!
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  whiteshark: Opening: Delayed Hippo Attack ?
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  Ron: This game is hyper-modernism to the max.
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  whiteshark: A penny for Tarrasch's thoughts.
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  Phony Benoni: Tarrasch: <"Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men crazy.">
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  whiteshark: Tarrasch: <'Never in my life have I seen such a won game after ten moves as I have now!'>
May-11-08  mrsaturdaypants: So, is 36. f6 the losing move? After that, Persson immediately gains control of the a2-g8 diagonal, and black seems helpless.

Still, I've been trying to find a better 36th move for black, without much success. Weird game.

Dec-24-09  willyfly: Wow! I love this game. In particular I like the way White develops the Knights in none Hippo fashion and then re-positions them to the middle Hippo positions, delaying an attack and forcing Black to come up with ideas.
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  Penguincw: ♫ Only a hippopotamus will do ♫
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  piltdown man: <Ron>Or maybe hippomodernism?
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  MJCB: Kg1 is such a cruel move. Black must think: "why this move? Oh, I see Rxh7+! My turn to play, let me parry this... Hmmm... Hmmm... Ouch, I can't!". This feeling happens to me so many times in many of my games ;-)
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  MJCB: I meant Kh1 in my post...
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  thegoodanarchist: <"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas">

How is this a pun? What does it even mean?

Dec-21-15  AvidChessMan: I like this game and it's opening. While never presenting a clear target for black, white develops his pieces for an eventual attack. By staying quiet, black in lured into seizing the center while white eyes up the sides. It's looks to me to be a mismatch of playing styles.
Dec-21-15  kevinatcausa: <thegoodaanarchist>: It's a novelty song from the 1950's ( ), and references the hippopotamus opening from the game.
Dec-21-15  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Me dear friend, I share your sentiments, but have made a sincere effort to discard malice and discord, at least until the New Year LOL. In any case, the title refers to a rollicking Christmas Song:

While supposedly, and this is where it fails, it also refers to the "Hippopotamus Defence" which for all intents and purposes, exclusively refers to the Black side playing his pawns to his third rank and his pieces to his second rank, tempting White to break through. When White attempts to play this "with colors reversed" inevitably the line ends up like here, a Hungarian or possibly KIA & Catalan

The Hippopotamus and Hungarian openings are so dissimilar that one assumes this is because no one has yet found a wild Hippopotamus in Hungary


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  thegoodanarchist: <kevinatcausa: <thegoodaanarchist>: It's a novelty song from the 1950's ( ), >

Good god, that is a horrific assault on the senses!

Old folks and conservatives decry the decline of our society, but I contend the decline has just given us better entertainment.

As proof, I submit this aural dreck from the 1950s. The decline of our society and culture has freed us from a barrage of saccharine tripe like this.

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  Domdaniel: It's a Hippo strategy in a Reversed Pirc. Beautiful game.
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  kevin86: A very funny game!
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  Domdaniel: <kevin> Yeah, funny too -- funny brilliant. I keep thinking of Duncan Suttles - favourite player of my friend <mack> - who loved to play this way.

I sometimes open 1.g3 or 1.e3, but I don't really have the courage for a full-on Hippo as White.

And then, of course, there's Tal's famous line about how to get a hippo out of a swamp.

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  Domdaniel: Having played ...a5, Black should probably continue with ...a4. The structure is actually well known with colours reversed - against a King's Indian formation White doesn't play c4, but pushes a4-a5 instead, reaching a sort of Pirc formation after Nc3.
Dec-21-15  Rama: It is sort of Chinese.
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  andrewjsacks: I think Richard Reti would approve.
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