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Jakov Geller vs Olivier Huguenin
20th Cappelle la Grande (2004), Cappelle-la-Grande FRA, rd 5, Mar-02
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Mar-07-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: Black played like a clueless ICC guest. Theres no way in hell he's rated 2162.
Mar-07-04  fatbaldguy: After 17 Q:d7+ it's over.
Black should have played 12 ... a6 - it would be just as bad as what he actually played, but at least he might have set a sort of record by having 8 pawns aligned on the third rank...
Mar-08-04  TheAussiePatzer: Hey! I have noticed that I have gotten all of my pawns on the sixth rank before a number of times!

It always happens when I am playing a dumb computer and I want to keep it tactically simple and crush it in the endgame. Usually it begins with fianchettoing as here. It can be a good way to keep a planless machine from finding anything constructive to do. I get a strange pleasure from beating vintage chess engines that way.

Mar-08-04  fatbaldguy: <TheAussiePatzer> Interesting technique - in any case I have to take back what I said about black setting a record, I guess it's been done before...
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  kevin86: I believe that the black pawn position used to be called "the hippopotamus". The idea was to get as many pawns as possible on the third rank.
Oct-09-07  sanyas: <kevin86> In a true hippo you wouldn't push the bishop pawns.
Jul-15-12  Calar: Are we sure of Black's rating? His way of developing (for example, after move 11) is something that much weaker player would avoid.

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