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F Fric vs F Lustig
Prague-ch (1930), rd 7
Grob Opening: Grob Gambit. Fritz Gambit Romford Countergambit (A00)  ·  1-0


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Mar-08-11  TheTamale: I'd actually like to see this played out. Even with the material disadvantage and the inevitable pawn loss that follows, Black has those tricky adjacent advanced pawns. Those kind of pawns always wind up beating me... I could learn from this!
Sep-05-12  Abdel Irada: I am rather surprised that this variation, once considered (under the name Romford Gambit) the main line of the Grob with 1. ...d5 and without 2. h3, appears only once in this database.

Black's 3. ...d4 sacrifices the exchange, but nets substantial positional compensation in the form of pressure on the long diagonal and impairment of White's development. In the line with which I'm most familiar, Black will advance his pawn to d3, and White is left fighting to survive; if he can, he should win, but this question is not easily answered.

Sep-05-12  Abdel Irada: <TheTamale>: Having spent some time analyzing the final position, I can find no chances for Black. The problem is that those imposing-looking connected pawns can't advance; White will restrain, blockade, encircle and destroy them a la Nimzovich. All of this is natural enough, given that Black is a rook down without real compensation.

Many of Black's troubles are ultimately referable to insufficiently aggressive play in the opening. In particular, to play the quiet ...e6 and allow White to get in d3 is to fail to grasp the purpose for which Black sacrificed the exchange in the first place.

Sep-14-13  Sebastian88: Why not 6...d3! ? This is the most important point in Romford Counter Gambit.
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