Play the Orangutan: 1.b4
How did the author take a supposedly harmless, and eccentric opening and score 70% in his games with it, including a massive 75% against grandmasters?
He started playing the Orangutan and went from Orangutan-curious to Orangutan-devotee in a few months and as he explored the opening further, the results got better and better!
In this book, the author delivers a complete repertoire starting with 1.b4, a repertoire that will challenge Black to:
- think on her/his own right from the beginning of the game,
- face unfamiliar set-ups, structures, and ideas,
- fight an uphill battle.
Through the author's work, the opening has been infused with numerous new ideas and concepts as well as countless improvements over existing theory and guidance on how to deal with Black's most common attempts at a refutation.
The Orangutan, 1.b4, is also known as the Sokolsky opening, respectively named by the endearing name given to the opening by grandmaster SaviellyTartakower in 1924 after a visit to the New York Central Park Zoo or the opening's primary researcher and practitioner, Alexei Sokolsky. The opening challenges normal conventions by launching an instant attack on Black's queenside right from the outset of the game and leads to an interesting game where both players are challenged to play creatively right from outset.
This book by experienced chess author Carsten Hansen presents a repertoire for White to help navigate Black's many tricky alternatives and lead White to a position of playing for the win.
005 Dedication to my father
008 Foreword by IM Michael Basman
009 History of the Orangutan Opening
034 My Own Experiences with the Orangutan
039 Chapter 1: 1 ... e5 - The Exchange Variation
061 Chapter 2: 1 ... e5 2.Bb2 f6
070 Chapter 3: 1 ... e5 2.Bb2 d6
077 Chapter 4: King’s Indian Set-ups
087 Chapter 5: Grünfeld Indian Set-ups
095 Chapter 6: Queen’s Indian Set-ups
105 Chapter 7: Main Lines with 1 ... Nf6 2.Bb2 e6 & 3 ... d5
116 Chapter 8: Other Set-ups with 1 ... Nf6 & 2 ... e6
122 Chapter 9: 1 ... d5 followed by ... Bf5 or ... Bg4
137 Chapter 10: Black attacks the b4-pawn with the Queen
152 Chapter 11: Dutch Set-ups
165 Chapter 12: Various Other 1st Moves for Black
176 A Repertoire in a few lines
178 Join Me in Saving The Orangutan in the Wild
180 Books by Carsten Hansen