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Sam Sloan vs Gina Sanchez
"Sam I Am" (game of the day Oct-06-2004)
Cal Chess Season Opener (1996), Foster City, California (USA), rd 5, Jan-15
Grob Opening: Keene Defense (A00)  ·  1-0
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Oct-06-04  iron maiden: The kind of attack you can instinctively throw yourself into. With this many coordinated pieces buzzing around the enemy king, it's bound to succeed.

I think I would have preferred the luxurious alternative 27. Bxc5#.

Oct-06-04
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's a matter of taste--myself, I love a good smothered mate. Nice combination of mating motifs at the end: pins, the Queen and Bishop on the long diagonal, a pretty and pretty rare formation with the 2 Bishops and Knight, and finally the smother.

Of course none of this would have happened if Black had played better, starting with 4...d5-d4 followed by ...f6, ...c5, ...Nec6, ...Be6 and ...Nbd7. I feel that the Grob is underrated, but nothing to fear.

Oct-06-04  sandy simpson: My vote is also for Bxc5 "Not only is it mate, but you have lost your Queen as well..."
Oct-06-04
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  patzer2: See M Basman vs Keene, 1981 for the refutation to 1. g4.
Oct-06-04
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  patzer2: Better than 17...Qe7? 18. Qxd5 was 17...Nf8 =.
Oct-06-04
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  patzer2: The final blunder was 24...Ka8?? Better was 24...Kc8 .
Oct-06-04
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  patzer2: White's 25. Qxc6! is a pretty deflection (removing the guard) pseudo-sacrifice to set up mate or decisive win of material (i.e. 26...Qxb5 27. Qxb5 ).
Oct-06-04
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  patzer2: I overlooked that 4. e4 is somewhat of a novelty in the Grob. One idea for a possible refutation is 4...dxe4 5. Nc3 h5! 6. Nxe4 hxg4 7. hxg4 Rxh1 8. Bxh1 Qh4 9. Bf3 Bxg4 10. Qh1 Bc8 11. Qxg1+ , which won for Black after a wild tactical melee in the correspondence game Pfeiffer-Plinke, 1996, which can be found at www.chesslab.com.
Oct-06-04  Rowson: An interesting miniature that Iíve played against the Grob is:

1.g4,d5 2.Bg2,Bxg4 3.c4,Bxc4 4.Bxb7,Nd7 5.Bxa8,Qxa8 6.Nf3,Ne5 7.Qa4+,Kd8 8.Qa3,Nd3+ 9.Kf1,Bh3+ 10.Kg1,Qe4 0-1

I donít know how sound the game was (it was a blitz tournament) but my opponent never played the Grob again after it.

Oct-06-04
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  kevin86: What a choice of mates:a semi-smothered mate or a neat retreating move employing discovered check and a pin!!
Oct-06-04
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  chessgames.com: Many thanks to Mr. Sloan for supplying this game, as well as several other gems you can find on his page here: Sam Sloan.
Oct-06-04  ricardolopez: this "uncommon opening" -if I'm not wrong was first played by Keres , and called (I don't know why) "spike", according to an old edition of MCO
Oct-06-04  ThomYorke: Really nice game. White played very agressive, I like it.
Oct-07-04
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  patzer2: <ricardolopez> 1. g4 is named "Grob's Opening" after IM Henri Grob because he popularized the line after employing it in numerous postal games with readers of his Swiss newspaper column.

The main lines are:

1. g4

2. Bg2:
1...d5 2. Bg2 c6 3. h3 h5 4. g5 h4 5. e4 dxe4 6. Nc3 Qa5

2. h3:
1...d5 2. h3 e5 3. Bg2 c6 4. d4 e4 5. c4 Bd6 6. Nc3 Ne7

The Fritz Gambit:
1...d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4

The Romford Counter Gambit:
1...d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 d4

The Spike Attack:
1...d5 2. Bg2 c6 3. g5

Oct-07-04
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  patzer2: An interesting win by a strong Master in accepting the Fritz Gambit was Elfert (2274) vs. Nemet (2425), 2003, which can be found at www.chesslab.com. Black traps the White's Queen after the following eight moves:

1. g4 d5
2. Bg2 Bxg4
3. c4 Nf6
4. Qb3 c6
5. Qxb7 Nbd7
6. Nc3 e5
7. cxd5 Nc5
8. Qxc6+ Bd7!

Oct-07-04
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  patzer2: <Rowson> Interesting blitz game. However, you may want to look at White's win after 6. f3! in Rau vs Klausner, 1990.
Oct-07-04  Rowson: Thanks <Patzer2> I thought that 6.Nf3 in my game was whites mistake. f3 being the more logical move.
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