[ECO code C20]
|THE ALAPIN OPENING|
aka. The Hippopotamus Game
White leaves the "Épine Dorsale" to
develop his/her King's Knight defensively to
K2(e2). In the rare Alapin Opening
White keeps the option of 3.P-KB4 to attack Black's
KP (a delayed "King's Gambit"),
although the Kt blocks White's KB+Q and allows
Black to probe the K-side by ..Q-R5.
1. P-K4 P-K4
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