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Ideas against the Hippo
03/05/15 at 20:49:29
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Recently I played a game against an opponent who given the opportunity would play the set up with a6,b6,Bb7,d6,Nd7,e6,Ne7,g6, Bg7,h6.

It's possible to bash at it with an Austrian style attack with f4, a 150 style with Be3 or even Be3 and f4 combined. An approach of doing nothing back at them by putting a couple of pawns in the centre for space, Knights on c3 and f3, Fiachettoed Bishops, seemed to work rather well. He had no problem getting most of his plan in place, but the queen side part of it was a bit difficult.

So here's how it went

1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 h6 (I don't know why either) 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 g6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 Ne7 7. 0-0 0-0 8. b3 Nd7 9. Bb2 c5 (Black decides to do something, although it's a normal move later) 10. Rc1 ( Qd2 is a little more accurate, either way White continues not to do anything) Rb8 (This probably loses a pawn to the fork of a7 and d6, but White continues to coordinate) 11. Qd2 cxd4 (finally committing to a Hedgehog style defence) 12. Nxd4 e5 (activity for the sake of it?) 13. Nd4b5 (the fork) Nf5 14. e4 Nd4 15. Nxd4 exd4 16. Nb5 a6 17. Nxd4 (winning a pawn with a good position - other decent moves were also possible such as 14. Nxd6)

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