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ccmcacollister ♡ 75 ( +1 | -1 )
An opening in search of a name ?! Actually two of them, which have seemed to become very popular in blitz chess lately. The first goes 1.e4 a6 ...b6 ...c6 ...d6 ...e6 ...f6 and the second goes something like
1.e4 b6 2. ...c6 ...d6 ...e6 ...f6

And incredibly, it can also be played against 1.d4 as well. What shall we call this thing?
I'm tired of saying, "You know that a6 ...b6 ...c6 ... etc thing" Any suggestions?

While I'd like to just call it Mated, I don't actually have a Forced win line developed. So what should this Defense be called? IS there someone out there who has done some analysis on it and wants to attach there name to it for purpetuity?!

ps ... Ion, be nice now~! Lets not get banned :)) tho I probably agree ... yech, huh?
Which brings to mind, how about the Tutti-Fruity? and Pistachio-Nut? Is that a tough nut to crack !?
ccmcacollister ♡ 44 ( +1 | -1 )
An IDEA ! How about this thought ... the next person to play this, gets their name put onto it? Will that banish it forever from this Earth, and out thoughts? Or is there to be a GK M/T soon.
I actually took a loss to this thing {so that's like 99-1-0 :) }, but be durned I forgot the lucky fellows name. And I say Lucky not to defeat me ... but rather that I forgot his NIK or this thing would now HAVE his name for sure!
karoyl ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Hippopotamus Defense Actually, this seems like some variation on the Hippopotamus Defense. Here's the Wikipedia link:

schnarre ♡ 3 ( +1 | -1 )
I concur with karoyl!
ganstaman ♡ 55 ( +1 | -1 )
While the opening is semi-legitimate, most who play it probably don't have a clue what they're doing. I meet it the same way every time.

e4, d4, Nf3, Nc3, Be3, Bd3, Qd2 or Qe2, O-O or O-O-O. Then, either centralize rooks or just open one side of the board. I'm not launching a crazy unsupported attack like they want. I'm taking space and mobilizing my pieces, then punishing their lack of development.

That's not to say the opening itself is bad, just that it's easy to play it poorly and most of its practioners probably don't know much, if any, opening theory.
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ccmcacollister ♡ 15 ( +1 | -1 )
The hippo seems quite different to me. The link to it shows BL is actually DEVELOPING in that opening~! So, I still think this needs a name of its own ...
rallyvincent ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Craig... sometimes I wonder if you have too much time on your hands... how do you come up with these things??? o_
Anyhow, if you let advance the pawns in line, just like infantry in the 19th century, the name the system "Waterloo"... and see who experiences his Waterloo.

karoyl ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Classification It's hard to classify these moves. This is more like a "system" than a single opening. Calling it the Hippopotamus Defense seems fine to me, but there's also plenty of transposition here between the Pirc and Modern/Robatsch, and possibly other obscure openings, such as the "Rat".
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arichallan ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Nah... Here's a good name for this kind of opening - the Skunk. After all, it's a real stinker of an opening, so perhaps your opponent is trying to scare you away with just the smell.
dropcut ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
I've played against it on gamecolony, but it has only occurred in 1 min blitz games where I have a terrible record against it because I run out of time trying to bust it. I'd call it the turtle, since that is what your opponent does. No means of attack, just turtling inside his shell waiting for the inevitable; that you run out of time and patience to eventually collapse.
ionadowman ♡ 90 ( +1 | -1 )
Craig... ... would I get us banned?? Having just finished the Hippo/Feustel/Robatsch MT I'm disinclined to call this any of those names, but there may be some affinity with them. But there does seem to be a violation of some "natural law" in the kind of opening, almost as if gravity no longer functions, as objects are lifting off the ground. Added to the humour - the levity - behind this line of play, one is inclined to call this "Anti-gravity Defence". (Besides which, I reckon there in a galactic force, weaker than gravity but longer ranged, that I have called levity. It keeps the planets from sliding into the sun...) .
Craig correctly observes the ... softness ... of Black's centre, and we are looking at the dark side of the the board here - like a box of dark chocolates, mmmm. How about the "Strawberry Fondue Defence" ? You can see White drooling in anticipation already...
fmgaijin ♡ 44 ( +1 | -1 )
The Eight Pawns "Attack" . . . . . . was what I used to call it in college when it was a regular part of my blitz repertoire. After all the P's advanced, if the opponent had castled, I often played Ra7/Rh7 and then transferred the R to the appropriate side. The main thing to watch out for is when you play g6 & h6, the opponent will sometimes try to set up a sneak attack on the "weak" g6 square, hoping to cause Ne7 or Kf7, preventing the R "maneuver" *LOL*! I've also played it on ICC and USChess over the years, usually in 1 minute games or 1 + 1 sec. games.
ionadowman ♡ 82 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry... ... "The Strawberry Fondant Defence". Absentminded malapropism is a privilege of age...
The second sequence (...b6...c6...d6...e6...f6...g6), given its vaguely toroidal look could instead be the "Donut Defence". Naturally this opening's appeal to White's voracity adds to the appositeness of such a gastronomic appellation...

Come to think of it: why call this a defence? Black openings tend not to be called attacks (though they might, like the Marshall, merit the title "Counterattack", or maybe "Countergambit". But what we are looking at here is neither a counterattack nor any kind of gambit. It seems to be a stretch even to call it a defence. Maybe "Offering" is a better term for this kind of thing? So: the Strawberry Fondant Offering, and the Donut Offering, or, supposing Black were to play all 8 of his pawns forward 1 or 2 ranks: the "Whoneedspawnsanyway Offering" aka the "Can of Worms Defence".
ganstaman ♡ 59 ( +1 | -1 )
Actually, the name "Whoneedspawnsanyway Offering" should go to what's better known as the Tumbleweed: 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Kf2!! Qh4+ 4. g3! fxg3+ 5. Kg2 hxg2 6. Rxg2 Qxe4+ 7. Nf3.

I've played this a few times in blitz here (biggest problem is that they don't have to play 3...Qh4+), and once remarked to my opponent that my pawns usually just get in the way anyway. It is nice to have so much free development and open lines with your opponent's queen still in the center of the board. I guess there is the 3-pawn deficit and exposed king to worry about, but I tend to overlook such details...
schnarre ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Hey gangstaman, ave you ever tried the Eisenberg KGA (1. e4 e5, 2. f4 exf4, 3. Nh3)?
ganstaman ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
schnarre, Eisenberg KGA No, I've never tried that yet. Have you? Is it any good?

Half related: I want to try playing the Tumbleweed in a live game sometime. Not seeing the look on my opponent's face as I march my king out there and sacrifice 3 pawns is killing me. And just imagine what they must look like when they lose...
ccmcacollister ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
ionadownman ... I concurr about being a defense ... So how about we change from Levity De Fence into
just "Raise the Gate!" :)
Maybe this Should have an M/T. I remember there was one for 1.e4 2.Ke2 (and imo there was a refutation there! But i forget it now, as usual ... so go ahead and do unto me with That Thing too! ) Or shall we just suggest it to Morosevich>?! :))
Which brings to mind a new thread . . .
ionadowman ♡ 117 ( +1 | -1 )
Good one Craig! I like that "Raise the Gate" name. I did reconsider the Strawberry Fondant Defence and thought the simpler Chocolate Creme Defence might be more apt. Black is about to get cremed...

remember trying out 1.e4 ...2.Ke2 several zillion years ago and called it the Dowman Opening. Unfortunately I fairly quickly discovered it's just about a forced win for Black if he develops normally but relevantly. The King just gets in the way.
ganstaman: I remember seeing an article in a British Chess magazine about the King's Own gambit, a.k.a. the Tumbleweed. I've never really tried it myself, but the sample game the article gave was almost persuasive. Has anyone considered an MT with this line?

Mind you, it's probably a Blitz opening, like the Rookoffsky that we used to play now and then. You have to be Black for this. Against almost anything by White, Black plays the following sequence: 1...a6 2...h6 3...a5 4...h5 5...e6 (which is probably essential by this point!) 6...a4. Naturally Black is on the defensive for a very long time to come, but the hope - usually fulfilled - is that White will overpress and compromise his own game.