How To Crush White With The Hippo Defence In 4 Minutes

The Hippopotamus defence, also known as the hippo defence, is an indestructible fortress you can construct for yourself to achieve dominance as black in the game of chess. In this video we discuss the strategies associated with this formidable opening, as well as the etymology of its enigmatic name.


  1. I am frustrated with this opening.

  2. honestly the insults to the viewer every couple seconds made the video too annoying to watch

  3. I've been facing this dumb opeining a lot, and crushing it with a quick H pawn push and opeining up my H rook and lining up my queen and bishop. Same as you would do vs a kings indian if you play 1d4 as white. This opening is pretty bad and can be dismantled fast.

  4. “Named after your mother” likes and subscribes

  5. Whats a fee and kettle? you lost me there bud 🤤

  6. The guy on the hippo was killed by it. Dont trust the hippo

  7. I played this lots in the past not realising it's called the hippo.

  8. 2:43 instant subscription; I feel like you really understand me

  9. Next vedio on Nimzo Larsen Attack plz

  10. Ι tried it 3 times. The most useless opening i have ever tried.

  11. Learning chess and being humiliated in the process… good thing i'm in therapy. the wikipedia page was ❤‍🔥

  12. Dropping a your mom joke in a chess video? Consider me subscribed

  13. How dare you make me laugh by relentlessly making fun of my chess incompetence

  14. My Norwegian chess king… Yeah Magnus you're second

  15. When I feel like giving up that opening, I come back here to watch it and get inspired. Thank you!!!

  16. Pro tip: Use this to win every time in 1 minute bullet

  17. this is just the king's Indian/modern with extra midwittery

  18. Please actually make this wiki article at 1:17, epic. Love the sneaky jokes you have to pause for.

  19. I went from ~700 to ~1100 using LITERALLY just this (going in black or white) in EVERY F GAME. I know zero chess theory, no joke. Best beginners opening ever hahahaha

  20. Would love a video on the Scandinavian defence

  21. Can you do Hikaru’s Hippo-Bongcloud? e3 instead if e4

  22. Why am I always getting roasted from these videos but still manage come back 😅What is this sorcery?

  23. how did I just find this channel. absolutely brilliant, now lets go frustrate (probably lose to) some 1200's

  24. Love the channel, definitely helped to fill a small part of the void in my soulWould love you to consider a well paid, private commission for a product for my business – drop me a line if it might be something you'd be interested in. Cash, not exposure!

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