TIL that when the 1924 New York chess tournament players visited the Bronx zoo in between games, Polish grandmaster Saviely Tartakower consulted an Orangutan named Susan regarding the opening he should play the next day. He played 1.b4 in the game which later became known as the orangutan opening.

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Tartakower: Okay, what should my first move be? Orangutan: Before we talk about that— Tartakower: B4! Brilliant Orangutan: ….


Another grandmaster decided to ask one of the great apes. The grandmaster was later disqualified for throwing pieces.


That orangutans name? Bobby Fischer.


The orangutan then shrugged and returned to shelving books, or rather supervising the books shelving themselves.


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