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Filthy Animals: The Orangutan and The Hippo

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  • Filthy Animals: The Orangutan and The Hippo

    I've been playing a lot of Fischer Random lately, because I've become so disillusioned with the rote memorization often needed in normal chess. FR is still going to be my chess of choice for correspondence, but it's just too damn hard to get good games with it live.

    I can get good normal chess games with the Italian Chess Federation's online service, so I think I'll be going with them.

    And the rote memorization that I hate? My animal friends can help me with that. There's very little theory with either of them and they both have their decent share of opportunities for sharp play.
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  • #2
    Sure there is very little theory about these 2 openings, but after (say) 3 times fighting against the very best line against your orangutan and your hippo, you may become tired of playing them as well.
    Else I agree that Fischer random chess should be the way forward, to eliminate all this boring theory, but why are are we (myself included) still playing normal chess ??? I don't have the answer

    Side note: in normal Chess, when someone plays an unusual move in a standard opening, you "know" it must be bad (which spoils all the fun). In Fischer random chess, facing an unexpected move is a lot more exciting, because you cannot know if the idea is good or not.
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    • #3
      Hmm, not like anyone knows enough theory to really make it count at my level. I've played rated games with 1.f3 and 1... f6 without shockingly different results. But 1.e4 and 1.e4 e5 do kind of make life easier.

      Have you read the Forum rules?

      Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
      Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
      Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
      Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
      Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
      Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
      Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
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      • #4
        Signed up with FSI today. Everything is in Italian, so it took me more than an hour to figure out how it all works. I found out that g30 is the longest time control that can be officially rated. Made a stupid blunder in the opening of a hippo. I'm really rusty live chess; I need to work on that. Had a decent Orangutan. Had the advantage, but settled for a draw because I was behind on time and didn't want to blunder the game away. Recurring theme with me.
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        The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.



        • #5
          I really do wish there were more Fischer Random OTB tournaments. Not sure why it hasn't caught on so much.

          I have a feeling I know these openings under different names, but what are the Orangutan and the Hippo?

          Hippo reminds me of Tal's "drag a hippo out of a marsh" anecdote.
          Last edited by Octal; 01-04-2014, 03:49 AM.


          • #6
            Odd draw; surely someone would’ve won.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
              Odd draw; surely someone would’ve won.

              If I had had the time, I'm sure I could have. I haven't analyzed it, but it looks to me like his second rank is in trouble. I'd love sorting out that endgame. I just decided to offer a draw because I was getting behind on time, and I always blunder away my advantage in those situations.
              Last edited by PostHypermodern; 01-04-2014, 05:21 PM.
              The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.