|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|| ||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|| ||patzer2: See M Basman vs Keene, 1981 for the refutation to 1. g4. |
|Oct-06-04|| ||patzer2: Better than 17...Qe7? 18. Qxd5 was 17...Nf8 =. |
|Oct-06-04|| ||patzer2: The final blunder was 24...Ka8?? Better was 24...Kc8 . |
|Oct-06-04|| ||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|| ||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|| ||kevin86: What a choice of mates:a semi-smothered mate or a neat retreating move employing discovered check and a pin!! |
|Oct-06-04|| ||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|| ||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...d5 2. Bg2 c6 3. h3 h5 4. g5 h4 5. e4 dxe4 6. Nc3 Qa5
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|| ||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|| ||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. |