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#1 - 18 Jun 2013

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Amusing chess openings

This post is all about amusingly named chess openings,nearly all of which are named after animals.The opening which I find to be the funniest is the so called monkey's bum.There are many amusingly named chess openings,and I have included most of them below but I have left a few out.Amongst the openings I list below is the amusingly named Pterodactyl defence and then there is the Hippopotamus defence,which is beloved by various British players including this British player.

Here is the list of amusingly named chess openings:

Bullfrog gambit=1.d4,Nf6 2.g4

Canard opening=1.d4,Nf6 2.f4

Chameleon variation of the Sicilian defence=1.e4,c5 2.Nc3,Nc6 3.Nge2

Chameleon variation of the Slav defence=1.d4,d5 2.c4,c6 3.Nf3,Nf6 4.Nc3,a6

Clam variation=1.e4,e5 2.d3

Crab opening=1.a4,e5 2.h4

Creepy crawly formation=1.a3,any move 2.h3 (or 1.h3,any move 2.a3)

Dragon variation=1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,d6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,Nf6 5.Nc3,g6

Double duck formation=1.f4,f5 2.d4,d5

Elephant gambit=1.e4,e5 2.Nf3,d5

English orangutan=1.c4,Nf6 2.b4

English rat=1.d4,d6 2.c4,e5

Fried fox variation=1.e4,f6 2.d4,Kf7

Fried liver attack=1.e4,e5 2.Nf3,Nc6 3.Bc4,Nf6 4.Ng5,d5 5.exd5,Nxd5 6.Nxf7,Kxf7

Giraffe attack=1.e4,e5 2.Nc3,Bc5 3.Qg4

Halibut gambit=1.c4,b5

Hedgehog=The hedgehog is a pawn formation usually adopted by black in which black exchanges their pawn on c5 for white's pawn on d4,and then places pawns on a6,b6,d6 and e6.Black develops their pieces behind the row of pawns.Typically the bishops are placed on b7 and e7,knights on d7 and f6,queen on c7 and rooks on c8 and e8 (or c8 and d8).

Hippopotamus defence=A chess opening in which black moves a number of their pawns to the third rank,but none to the fourth rank.Black then develops their other pieces behind the row of pawns.

Kangaroo defence=1.d4,e6 2.c4,Bb4+

Kingfisher gambit=1.d4,f5 2.Nc3,d5 3.e4

Lizard attack=1.Nc3,d5 2.e4,d4 3.Nce2

Lobster gambit=1.e4,e5 2.Nf3,f5 3.g4

Mad dog attack=1.d4,d5 2.e4,dxe4 3.Nc3,Nf6 4.f3,exf3 5.Nxf3,g6 6.Bg5,Bg7

Medusa gambit=1.d4,Nf6 2.c4,g5

Mongoose variation=1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,Qa5

Monkey's bum=1.e4,g6 2.Bc4,Bg7 3.Qf3,e6 4.d4,Bxd4 5.Ne2,Bg7 6.Nbc3

Orangutan opening=1.b4

Porcupine variation=1.c4,f5 2.e4,fxe4 3.Nc3,Nf6 4.g4

Pterodactyl variation,modern=1.d4,g6 2.c4,Bg7 3.Nc3,d6 4.e4,c5 5.Nf3,Qa5

Rat defence=1.d4,d6

Scorpion-Horus gambit=1.e4,c6 2.Nc3,d5 3.d3,dxe4 4.Bg5

Sicilian pterodactyl=1.e4,g6 2.Nf3,Bg7 3.d4,c5

Snail variation=1.d4,c5 2.d5,Na6

Tortoise opening=1.e4,e5 2.Bd3

Vulture defence=1.d4,c5 2.d5,Nf6 3.c4,Ne4

Whale opening=1.e4,e5 2.c4

Wild bull defence=1.e4,Nh6

[Edited : 21 Jun 2013]
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