Orangutan Opening

The Orangutan Opening (or “Sokolsky”) is where White plays 1.b4. It is an odd-looking opening that looks weak and unsound, but it’s not as bad as that. The White "b’ pawn comes under attack after Black plays “e6” or “e5”, but White usually plans to play “b5” (to restrict Nc6) rather than “a3”. White also plans Bb2 fianchetto of the dark-square bishop almost immediately.

Diagram: Orangutan Opening (Sokolsky opening)

Traps in the Orangutan include:

  • 1.b4 e6?! 2.Bb2 Bxb4? 3.Bxg7!

Diagram: Orangutan Opening Trap

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