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Sam Sloan vs William Brock
RGCP Grudge Match (2005), Chicago, IL USA, rd 3, Jun-25
Grob Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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  GreenCastle: 4...♗b4+ is weak. White wants to put his king on f1 anyway, so forcing him to do it is not an accomplishment, considering the Bishop is just headed back to c5 anyway. Simply 4...♘c6 is much better, as in Mittelbach - Zaynard, Vienna, 2003. Here's a link to the full game, where White gets crushed:

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  aw1988: <4...b4+ is weak.>

These are chess politicians. Except they can't play to save their lives.

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  GreenCastle: <aw1988> True that. I read on the internet somewhere that Sam Sloan was dead. Guess not.
Sep-24-05  RookFile: Well, you're probably right about Bb4+ being weak. I'm really intrigued by the Grob, it may not be obvious to players defending against it, that Kf1 is no problem for white.
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  offramp: Book of the match available here for free:
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  offramp: I must add that the above book CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE and is really R-rated! Sorry about that! I hope nobody has been offended! It's those ICC logs and Newsgroup posts!
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  offramp: 18.g6 looks like a good move.
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  offramp: One of the great things about the match was this: often one reads on the internet a squabble between two guys.

Eventually one of them says, "Why don't you come up here and we'll settle this man-to-man?"

That décantation never occurs - except in this case.

Brock must have been very unhappy to lose!

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  offramp: This is the position after 9...Bf8.

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Well, Brock outrated Sloan, but he has obviously started very badly. He has not a single developed piece.

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  zanzibar: Black could have played many other moves at many other points in the opening, but the clear opening advantage Black has is just given away on the 8th move (8...Nxd4):

(Black to move after 8.Nf3xd4)

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The queen roars into play with a dangerous fork after 9.Qxd4.

Much better is the natural looking 8...Nge7, which supports the c6-knight, keeping the bishop in play, and develops the K-side.

An engine move would be 8...h4, which is very playable, but not so natural. 8...Bd6 and 8...f6 are also playable.

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  zanzibar: Here's some other moves suggested by SF8

13...Nf5 vs the played move, 13...Qc7

17...Bb4 vs 17...Qd7

22.g6 should be losing for White, even with Black's 22th move

22...Rh6 vs 22...Qd3+

25...Rh6 vs. 25...Rhe8

26...Qe2 vs. 26...Qe1+ (the Q wants to go to g4)

29.Be5 is a White misplay, 29.Rf1 is better.

30...Rd4 vs. 30...Rd3? (now the R wants to go to g4, Black is drawing at best)

31...Rdd8 vs 31...Qe3?? (now Black is lost, Black skewers the Q to capture an essential defender)

Not sure how informative this breakout is, but it does show that both sides played grobbishly imprecisely.

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