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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Gorka View Post
    I've started looking at some openings on my blog.

    Any feedback and criticism would be appreciated
    nice..check out my blog too

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    Great read,
    it was always about the Scandinavian and Slav for me. Weirdly, those are the ones I was thought at first and they stayed with me. I find it quite difficult to get into any new opening, although I really need to.

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    I was wondering if anyone uses Sokolsky Opening?
    It was one of the first I've ever learned, but I am wondering if it is widely popular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by claranow View Post
    I was wondering if anyone uses Sokolsky Opening?
    It was one of the first I've ever learned, but I am wondering if it is widely popular?
    Two club-level players in my state, one about 1400 strength and the other about 1700, play it often.

    I think it is more popular at club levels than higher levels. I don't remember anyone in Australia with a rating over 2000 who would play it frequently.

    (For those who don't know what the "Sokolsky Opening" is, it is another name for the Orangutan, 1.b4).

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    The Orangutan rofl .... I luv it already ☺
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    Somebody named Anthony Santasiere played it a number of times
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess...te&node=399267

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    I think there are certain ways people are still taught differently worldwide, like Orangutan is known widely in Poland and my country (Czech), with some other openings Czech grandmaster would play, so I guess it occurs most often
    Like I remember spending a lot of time n weak f7, when it often results in mistakes I find this somehow fascinating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomato View Post
    Somebody named Anthony Santasiere played it a number of times
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess...te&node=399267
    Santasiere (who was IM strength or maybe weak modern GM strength) also favoured a delayed version with 1.Nf3 d5 2.b4 and wrote a book on it, calling it Santasiere's Folly. It doesn't seem to have really caught on. His idea was to avoid a quick ...e5, although black could play for a quick ...e5 anyway by playing a quick ...f6.

    A similar idea for black is actually quite effective, as in the line 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 b5 (now sometimes called the Spassky Variation), which is sound (thread here: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread....f3-Nf6-2-g3-b5). I have played this line a few times with good results. It makes a good surprise weapon at club level as most opponents have no idea what's going on.

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    Well in Australia, Erik Teichmann (English FM who lives here) plays it exclusively every time he is white. Out of the regular users - Sokolsky and Katalymov have probably been the strongest but various GMs used it on some occasions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Well in Australia, Erik Teichmann (English FM who lives here) plays it exclusively every time he is white.
    Of course! How could I forget; I played in a simul against him where he was saying he was a specialist in it and allowing his opponents to insist he made a different first move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Well in Australia, Erik Teichmann (English FM who lives here) plays it exclusively every time he is white. Out of the regular users - Sokolsky and Katalymov have probably been the strongest but various GMs used it on some occasions.
    Tartakower used in famously and gave it the name orangutan. Regarding Alexei Sokolsky, he wrote a famous book on the opening but in a lesser known work "Your First Move" which is a biginners book on chess generally he include a chapter on various major openings including 1.b4.
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    Réti Opening for me with Jf3 as a starting piece. I feel very comfortable with starting with my knight, probably because I've been on it since beginning
    Currently playing on http://lichess.org and trying out 1.d4 thanks to my fave youtuber via Chessable

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