blindlyzerking, actually I play the Hippo with black and white (check out my slow games) and 1. a3 is a perfectly playable opening. Especially in blitz! With the Hippo the move order doesn't usu
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Why don't you try 1 a3 instead?
I really doubt it... Maybe he'll play it in some bullet games, but that's about how far it'll go. Don't get me wrong, I love 1. b4, but objectively it's just not that good ;)
Underrated opening, IMO. Leads to positional type games where you know the tactics are coming and I feel white has good control of things. Even if black knows some theory (which there isn't muc
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