Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening!

In today’s video, we cover one of the weirdest chess openings ever played. However, just because the opening is different does not mean that it’s bad! In fact, when white starts the game, there are 20 possible moves. The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening is the 9th most popular option (so technically above average!) and starts off with the following move:

1. b4

It is as simple as that! By playing one move, you have already played the the Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening! Many of you are probably wonder why I am giving three names for this chess opening! For some reason, some people call it the Orangutan Opening. Others call it the Sokolsky Opening. And, finally, the rest go with the Polish Opening. Whichever opening you call this, we hope that you enjoy this video. The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening has good chess strategy, chess moves, chess ideas, chess theory, chess moves, chess principles, chess traps, and chess tricks that can help you win more games. However, the big question is, why 1. b4? Well, with the Larsen’s Opening, black is able to take control of the center with e5 and Nc6, but the The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening throw that plan out as we have so much space on the queenside and b5 ideas in the air. The The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening is also a good chess opening for beginner chess players, and a good chess opening for intermediate chess players. This is so because it can help you think outside the box, think creatively, and learn to navigate positions on your own. Most openings have similar chess opening strategy but the The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening throws all of that out the window by taking a different approach. There are also many tricks and traps which the opponent is usually not ready for, and the The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening is one of the hardest chess openings to go up against. I myself would rather go against 1. e4 or 1. d4 than 1. b4! Whenever you play this top tier chess opening for white, there is a 99% chance you are going to be much more comfortable with the chess opening theory than your opponent. If you want to improve at chess and win games against higher rated players, the The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening might be for you! Many may wonder why I call this a top tier chess opening for white, and I do so because hardly anyone knows what to do against it. The chess opening strategy, chess opening theory, chess opening tricks, chess opening traps, and chess opening principles are much different than traditional lines and variations, but it works. Similar to the Crab Opening, it looks absolutely insane, but all of a sudden, you are the one enjoying a better middlegame position. The The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening is also a very easy chess opening to learn. There are some lines and variations which would be good to memorize, but you can play this opening and put your own spin on it. In this video, we look to give a complete chess opening repertoire for white so that you are prepared for whatever comes your way. I recommend watching this video a few times so that you can really understand the strategy, principles, and ideas so that you have that edge against whoever you play. This is also a very fun chess opening for white, which makes it that much better. If you’re not having fun with chess, you’re doing something wrong! This opening may not be for everyone, but it is unique and not for the faint of heart. We hope you enjoy this video covering how to play the The Polish Opening / Orangutan Opening / Sokolsky Opening!

0:00 Introduction
01:25 Responding Against e6
03:24 Responding Against e5
18:46 Other Variations
20:26 Special Segment

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  1. I'll give you two likes just for the conspiracy theory

  2. One of those openings that have a good chance of winning the bullet.

  3. Appreciate, thanks for the great content.

  4. 1.b4 is better than it's reputation. It has surprise value because many players will not have anything special prepared against it.

  5. Interesting bit on the opening name origin at the end.

  6. Hi nice video👋 but what if black plays critical German defense🇩🇪 1d5 2Qd6 3e5 building strong center, and sometimes Queen will go to g6 and black will go for kingside attack , plz give some suggestions on this line thx🙏🙏 Edit: Main Line goes 1.b4, d5 2. Bb2, Qd6 3. a3, e5 4. Kf3, e4 5. Kd4, Kf6 6. c4, dxc4 7. e3, Be7 8. Bxc4, O-O 9. Kc3

  7. Scandinavian – Portuguese/Jadoel gambit PLEASE!!

  8. What the heck happened in the end. Lol. I was thinking 'wow interesting' then I was frowning then smiling. Then I thought I should comment on it.

  9. Thanks for Orangutan Sir, please cover the Tango Knights/Mexican defence in depth like in this video. Your content is so instructive…..keep going

  10. Ohhhh mate you should not have said "one of the rare moments of my day when i dont think about chess". lol

  11. really was happy to come across this video as orangutan is one of my main white openings. not much instructional content on this severely underrated opening

  12. i really like your chess channel, you're a good teacher

  13. Guess what i am taking to my next OTB match 😉
    This opening actually looks like my opponent will have to be very careful while i play simple moves. I like that mental imbalance a lot.

  14. I got to 1800 lichess rapid playing Polish opening. And the highest rated player BeepBeepImAJeep reached in 2018 over 3000 lichess rating playing it also. So worth learning on every level.

  15. theory for 1.b4 e5 2.Bxb4 Bxe5 is obsolete. Because white should play 3.c3 …

  16. This is a fantastic video. Very informational, thank you so much.

  17. What about the idea that a chess player was taking a break from a tournament in Poland and was observing an Orangutan behavior zoo and based the opening on how the Orangutan was moving around.

  18. What many people that make chess videos forget is most people that watch chess videos are most likely rated 1500 or below and are looking for some new strategies.

  19. I’ve played 2 games so far after this video (bullet), and both of them have been 1…e5 and 2…Nc6

  20. Very good coverage thank you. Interesting that you like d3 instead of d4 in many lines. I almost never play d3 because it feels too passive. Same for a3 vs b5, I basically only play a3 if black played c6 before. You don't have a rule of thumb when which is better do you?
    Again thanks for the overview of the Tartakower gambit as well as the not-so-explosive lines. Would love to see another vid about the outflank variation from black (c6 into a5), and German defense (d5 into Qd6).

  21. Thank you brother! Great video as always. Very informative. The ending was something else 😂👍

  22. INCREDIBLY informative video, well presented and clear. However, there is no such thing a 'very unique' it's either unique or it's not.

  23. The end of the video is hilarious, well done! I know that it was called oran outan because this opening walk like this ape, unbalanced and one move on the left and then one move on the right but actually it is quite powerful, just like an oran outan. I think I read that in the French version book of Tartakover, Breviary of Chess but not sure.

  24. Yeah this opening is weird, I love it! I’ll just put that in my pocket for when I wanna screw with my opponent.

  25. watched the video a couple times. never till the end. loved the end😀

  26. Could you please send a png of your prep of this?

  27. Im 1100 and many people blinder the Knight in the 4 move. Hehe

  28. I play this opening all the time now cause of this video. I even one time accidentally thought I was playing white and I just automatically pushed that pawn but instead of b4 it was g6 as black haha, somehow managed to win the game tho but now I was wondering if you could look into g6 for black (Borg Defense)!

  29. I think this is one of the best openings for white. And very difficult to play for black.

  30. I've just recently picked chess back up, and this helped a lot. Thank you for a great video!

  31. why always Nbd2 instead of Nc3? Is the knight better there?

  32. lost to this opening 3 times in a row. I'm pissed at my opponent but at the same time thankful for the opponent for introducing me to this opening

  33. Muchas gracias!
    Yo llevo 25 años jugándola!
    Siempre que puedo, 2. b5…
    Es una pasada!!!

  34. NM. Solomon, great video and very informative and instructive; unfortunate in the chess club players are always preparing for you and that not chess, I prefer to take them out their prepare lines and make them play chess. I am a 1e4 player, but I always look for alternatives. I also like your 1.f4 Bird Opening, and you do an excellent job in covering that Opening .

  35. I play the Polish to confuse my opponents and sometimes I score a rook early on. Possibly a rook and a knight, depending on how rattled my opponents get.

  36. I developed this tactic on my own. And realizing now that this one is called a polish move and is known around. wow😂

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