The Hippopotamus “Defense” is more Aggressive than Most Think!


The Hippopotamus “Defense” is more Aggressive than Most Think!

Today we continue our YouTube chess series on the Hippopotamus Defense, which is one of the best chess openings out there. In this video we look to give some attacking ideas that come out of the Hippopotamus Defense, in addition to chess opening strategy and chess opening ideas that you can us in your own games. To see our summary of the Hippopotamus Defense, read below.

Against the best chess openings for white, there are many strong chess openings for black such as the French Defense, Scandinavian Defense, Caro-Kann Defense, Sicilian Defense, Pirc Defense, King’s Indian Defense, Slav Defense, Nimzo-Indian Defense, Benko Gambit, etc. However, these chess openings are extremely popular and well known. How can we as black take white out of opening theory, while keeping the chess opening strategy at a high level? In today’s video, we cover the Hippopotamus Defense which works against any chess opening played by white including e4, d4, the English Opening, Bird’s Opening, King’s Indian Attack, etc. The Hippopotamus Defense includes black fianchettoing both bishops, and placing the knights directly in front of the king and queen. The Hippopotamus Defense may seem positional and drawish at first glance. However, I believe the Hippopotamus Defense to be a dangerous chess opening for black or white, as it holds a ton of potential for attacking chess. One advantage of this chess opening is that it doesn’t create any weaknesses in the position. In addition, the Hippopotamus Defense is extremely easy to learn, but is still a very good chess opening. Hippopotamus Defense keeps a high level of chess opening strategy, chess opening moves, chess opening theory, chess opening principles, chess opening tricks, chess opening traps, chess opening tips, and chess opening fundamentals. This is a very good chess opening for beginners and intermediate chess players. Chess moves, ideas, principles, strategy, tricks, lines, variations, tactics, secret checkmate strategy, fundamentals, theory, and traps are all important in chess openings, and the Hippopotamus Defense covers them all! The Hippopotamus Defense is one of the best chess openings for black, and best chess openings for white. Whether you are a chess beginner or a grandmaster, we hope you enjoy learning how to play the Hippopotamus Defense!

This video is less on the chess opening theory and more of a Hippopotamus Defense game that can give you a practical sense into what playing the opening looks like. We hope you enjoy this Hippopotamus Defense video, and if you’d like to learn more on the theory, click below!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Hippopotamus Defense!

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  1. I remember as a kid growing up in the early 70's learning about chess and,one day here in the UK the school teacher brought in i think it was some sort of article newspaper cutting of one of his very first games and the class learnt from it as a lesson…He was such a great talent,and the rest that followed were all influenced by him.He annoyed koichnoi by playing A6 against e4 lol think he called it the birmingham opening from where he came from over here.Legendary chess player….

  2. Another solid video, Solomon!
    Do you have any strong opinions on the Orangutan Opening: Birmingham Gambit (1.b4 c5)? I typically respond to queenside openings by White with c5, but struggle with plans in the rare Birmingham Gambit.

  3. We wanna catalan opening and cover all variations ❤

  4. Could you put all the lesson in a sierias

  5. Fantastic Hippo material. Thanks a lot! (from the admin of the Hippopotamus Defence facebook group)

  6. Greetings from Guatemala. Thank you for posting this excellent and most interesting video. It is a video I will definitely need to look at more than once, to try to understand it better.

  7. PGN

    [Event "4NCL 0001"]
    [Site "Birmingham"]
    [Round "2"]
    [Date "2000.9.24"]
    [White "Baburin, Alexander"]
    [Black "Miles, Anthony J"]
    [WhiteElo "2590"]
    [BlackElo "2570"]
    [Result "0-1"]

    1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.a3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 Ne7 6.Nf3 Bb7 7.Bd3 d6 8.O-O Nd7 9.Re1 h6 10.h3 a6 11.Be3 g5 12.Rc1 c5 13.d5 Ng6 14.Bc2 Qe7 15.Qd2 O-O 16.Rcd1 Nde5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Bd3 Qf6 19.Na4 Rab8 20.Nxb6 Bc8 21.Na4 Bd7 22.Nc3 Rb3 23.Rb1 Rfb8 24.Nd1 exd5 25.cxd5 Nf4 26.Bxf4 gxf4 27.Bc2 Rxh3 28.gxh3 Kh8 29.f3 Rg8+ 30.Kh1 Qh4 0-1

  8. Where do you find new openings from?

  9. Hi Solomon, what do you do against aggressive Austrian style setups e4,d4 f4. Many Thanks

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