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The Hippopotamus Defence

Universal Chess Opening System for Black

320 Seiten, kartoniert, New in Chess, 1. Auflage 2019.

29,95 €
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The Hippopotamus Defence is just what a club player needs. It’s a straightforward and clear-cut chess opening that avoids the ever growing body of mainline theory. It’s universal: Black can use the Hippo against virtually all of White’s choices (1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.f4, the Colle, London, Trompowsky, Réti and others). It’s not very well known and will surprise many opponents.

On top of all that, the Hippo is seriously underestimated: with its characteristic double fianchetto it may look quiet, but inside there lurks a very dangerous animal. FIDE Master Alessio de Santis is one of the world’s greatest experts on the Hippo and has written a practical, well-structured and accessible manual.

His book can be studied on three levels: after a first flash of 3 to 4 hours you will be familiar with the Hippo’s basic moves and key variations, its strategic themes and recurring manoeuvres. In the second and third stage De Santis leads you through the most important concrete lines and introduces the Semi-Hippopotamus to counter some specific White ideas.

You can use the Hippo as a surprise weapon or as your main repertoire. The extensive explanations and clear conclusions make this book an easy-to-navigate manual for all club players. If you like to confront your opponents with some unexpected counter-attacks, then you need not look any further.

Alessio de Santis is a FIDE Master and one of the best known and most successful chess authors of Italy.

Sprache Englisch
Autor de Santis, Alessio
Verlag New in Chess
Auflage 1.
Medium Buch
Gewicht 580 g
Breite 17 cm
Höhe 23,5 cm
Seiten 320
ISBN-13 978-9056918316
Erscheinungsjahr 2019
Einband kartoniert

006 Explanation of symbols

007 Preface

009 The Hippopotamus in 60 seconds

010 Layout of the book and study method

011 Stage 1: Flash

012 Chapter 1: Introduction to the Hippopotamus system

015 Chapter 2: A universal defence or not?

021 Chapter 3: The idea behind the Hippopotamus defence

023 Chapter 4: Why play the Hippopotamus?

025 Chapter 5: Hippopotamus or semi-Hippopotamus?

030 Chapter 6: The strategic elements of the Hippopotamus

046 Chapter 7: The significance of the Hippopotamus moves

053 Chapter 8: The significance of the semi-Hippopotamus moves

058 Chapter 9: Three famous Hippopotamuses

065 Stage 2: Reflection

066 Chapter 10: History and development of the Hippopotamus

076 Chapter 11: How to classify Hippopotamus games

081 Chapter 12: Instructive games

082 Section 1: From the king’s centre to a King’s Indian centre

107 Section 2: From the king’s centre to a French centre

122 Section 3: From the classical centre to a Sicilian centre

132 Section 4: From the classical centre to an open e-file

138 Section 5: From the classical centre to an open d-file

146 Section 6: Extended 3-pawn king’s centre (Austrian Attack) pawnf4+e4+d4

165 Section 7: Attack with the h6+g5pawns and attack with the a6+b5pawns

181 Section 8: Using the f5 pawn

188 Section 9: Extended 3-pawn queen’s centre e4+d4+c4

207 Section 10: Benoni structures

211 Section 11: 4-pawn centre c4+d4+e4+f4

218 Section 12: 1-pawn centres

237 Section 13: The Super-Hippopotamus

245 Stage 3: In depth

246 Chapter 13: Elements of advanced strategy

258 Chapter 14: Theory

259 Section 1: Theoretical problems in the 2-pawn centre (classical centre)

266 Section 2: Theoretical problems in the 3-pawn centre (Austrian Attack)

275 Section 3: Theoretical problems in the 3-pawn queen’s centre

281 Chapter 15: Mistakes to avoid

291 Chapter 16: Complex games

313 Points to remember when building a repertoire

314 Repertoire with 1...g6

315 Repertoire with 1...b6

317 Index of players

320 Bibliography


The Hippopotamus Defence