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The Hippopotamus Rises: The Re-Emergence of a Chess Opening (Batsford Chess Books)

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The hippopotamus, as every big game hunter knows, is a deceptively dangerous beast. And so, in the chess world, is the Hippopotamus Defense. To opponents unfamiliar with it, it looks awkward and unaggressive—until it crushes the life out of their favorite openings. Andrew Martin analyzes the basic moves and key variations of the Hippopotamus, showing with illustrative gam

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Batsford (first published 2006)
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Manny
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
The Hippopotamus is a strange opening, and by no means as bad as it looks. Black sets up his pieces on the first two rows and waits. It's easy for White to get excited and overextend - Andrew Martin's book gives you a good overview of the possibilities for both sides.

I played against the Hippo for the first time ever in a Swiss club match last week. Here's the game:

Manny Rayner - Marc Furrer

Hippopotamus Defence

1. Nf3

I hadn't slept well, and my initial plan was to play quietly and if necessary
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John
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Greatest book cover ever? I absolutely love this cover. Brilliant. As for the book, it's a chess book, but there's a bit of history about the Hippo opening in there. I loved how it showed old and recent games and how the slightest mistake with the Hippo can be disastrous. Pretty hilarious how the author's attitude is so up front and direct in which the Hippo can be a dominating opening or you'll just get clobbered! Some very helpful tips, and I hope to explore this book more with some actual gam ...more
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Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
traspositons including an early c4 missing
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