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Henri Grob
Number of games in database: 244
Years covered: 1926 to 1967

Overall record: +88 -106 =50 (46.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (25) 
 Sicilian (21) 
    B23 B32 B83 B24 B40
 Giuoco Piano (15) 
    C50 C53
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B18 B13 B17
 Two Knights (8) 
    C58 C55 C56
 French Defense (7) 
    C01 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A40 D02 A45 A46 D00
 Sicilian (12) 
    B58 B20 B88 B53 B72
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D63 D68 D51 D50 D67
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C79 C77 C73
 King's Indian (8) 
    E60 E94 E61 E67
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Flohr vs Grob, 1933 0-1
   Horst Beer vs Grob, 1966 0-1
   Grob vs NN, 1966 1-0
   Grob vs P F Johner, 1932 1-0
   Grob vs Sperling, 1952 1-0
   Grob vs Lenherr, 1966 1-0
   Grob vs Wiedemeier, 1965 1-0
   Grob vs NN, 1966 1-0
   Grob vs B Brechbuehler, 1966 1-0
   Grob vs Hasler, 1966 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Berne (1932)
   Zurich (1934)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   smith mora and grob's and super accl dragon by mathlover
   Englund Gambit Hartlaub- by takchess
   Englund Gambit Hartlaub- by mneuwirth

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(born Jun-04-1904, died Jul-05-1974, 70 years old) Switzerland

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Henri Grob was born in Braunau, Switzerland. Awarded the IM title in 1950, he was Swiss champion in 1939 and 1951.

Today Grob is best known for popularizing "Grob's Attack", the opening 1. g4. Between 1946 and 1972, Grob played 3,614 correspondence chess games. He won 2,703, lost 430, and drew 481 games. All of the games were played against readers of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading Swiss newspaper.(1,2)

He passed away in Zürich in 1974.

(1) Wikipedia article: Henri Grob
(2) Wikipedia article: Grob's Attack

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 244  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Przepiorka vs Grob  0-1611926MeranoD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
2. Grob vs Tartakower 0-1571926MeranoC40 King's Knight Opening
3. Grob vs B Kostic  ½-½521926MeranoB40 Sicilian
4. B de Alimonda vs Grob  0-1491926MeranoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Grob vs A Sacconi 1-0321926MeranoB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. Colle vs Grob  1-0621926MeranoD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Spielmann vs Grob 1-0421926MeranoB20 Sicilian
8. Grob vs E Canal  0-1421926MeranoE12 Queen's Indian
9. Gyula Patay vs Grob  1-0371926MeranoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Grob vs Gruenfeld  ½-½651926MeranoB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. Yates vs Grob 1-0171926MeranoB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. K Ruben vs Grob  ½-½4219271st olm finalE60 King's Indian Defense
13. Grob vs A Pokorny 1-02219271st olm finalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
14. L Palau vs Grob  1-03219271st olm finalE16 Queen's Indian
15. Grob vs M Censer  1-03319271st olm finalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Grob vs J Mieses  0-12619271st olm finalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Grob vs W A T Schelfhout  ½-½4419271st olm finalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. L Matibet vs Grob 1-02619271st olm finalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. W Rivier vs Grob  1-0361932BerneC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
20. Grob vs W Henneberger  0-1361932BerneC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
21. Alekhine vs Grob 1-0501932BerneC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
22. Grob vs P F Johner 1-0551932BerneC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. B Colin vs Grob  ½-½291932BerneD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Grob vs Sultan Khan 0-1431932BerneC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. A Staehelin vs Grob  0-1421932BerneD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
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Jun-04-11  talisman: happy birthday
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  wordfunph: happy birthday Grob Attack!
Jun-04-11  redlance: Happy Birthday Henri Grob!!!!
Jun-04-11  parisattack: His defense works well against the English; at least that has been my experience.
Sep-07-12  Karpova: Grob beat Jacques Mieses at Zurich in a match with +4 =1 -1 in 1934.

From page 93 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-19-13  Wyatt Gwyon: What kind of lunatic opens 1.g4? That's just badass.
Jun-04-13  talisman: happy birthday g4! ...........
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  wordfunph: 1.P-KN4, Happy Birthday!
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  brankat: Happy Birthday IM Grob!
Jun-04-13  Conrad93: The Grob is practically refuted.
Jun-04-14  redlance: Happy Birthday Henri Grob!!!
Long Live the Grob!!!
Jun-04-14  diagonal: Happy birthday, Henry Grob!

Chessgames offers us a beautiful picture of Henry Grob, playing an exhibition match vs. French Lady Chantal Chaudé de Silans, one of the rare non-soviet female chess stars after World War II:

Grob vs C Chaude de Silans, 1951

The match was played in 1951 at the Jelmoli (Zürich), an upmarket department store, the swiss Harrods. This game with the photo here on chessgames, was her big upset and win. The match was tied

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  diceman: <diagonal: Happy birthday, Henry Grob!

Chessgames offers us a beautiful picture of Henry Grob, playing an exhibition match vs. French Lady Chantal Chaudé de Silans, one of the rare non-soviet female chess stars after World War II:>

13.g4 ...the delayed Grob!

Jun-04-14  diagonal: :))

Grob donated his whole chess life in promoting the 1.g4 opening (subsequently introducing his own name), he played hundreds of games with 1.g4 in the <NZZ Fernschachzentrale> (correspondance chess against readers of the noble 'Neue Zürcher Zeitung') and published the book GROB's ANGRIFF:

Personally I prefer 1.g3 (seems to be sound), compared to 1.g4...

Apr-02-16  diagonal: reading about the life of an early chess professional: nice portrait of Henri Grob (IM 1950 at the FIDE titles inauguration) by IM Richard Forster in the NZZ, leading swiss newspaper:
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Henri Grob.
Jun-28-16  diagonal: newly written pictorial portrait of Henry Grob: author, bohemian, chess player, inventor and painter (pencil drawings of Alekhine, Flohr, Fischer, Najdorf, Koltanowski, and Madame Chantal Chaudé de Silans are reprinted):
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Jun-04-17  redlance: Happy Birthday Henri Grob!!!
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  Dionysius1: Why do people wish dead chess players happy birthday? Is it a way of inflating the number of their kibitzes without adding anything to the forum?
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  perfidious: <Dionysius1: Why do people wish dead chess players happy birthday? Is it a way of inflating the number of their kibitzes without adding anything to the forum?>

In one frequent poster's case, it is such a mechanism, mais certainement.

Jun-04-17  Mr. President: Winning again!
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  GrahamClayton: Some background information on Grob's simultaneous CC games against NZZ readers.

1. For the games conducted during WW2, there was no charge for any soldiers, officers or auxiliaries of the Swiss defence forces who wanted to play Grob, while private civilians had to pay a fee of 4 Swiss francs by a postal cheque. After the end of WW2, there was a flat fee of 2 Swiss Francs for anyone who wanted to play Grob.

2. Players could choose to have either the white or black pieces.

3. Moves were not transmitted by postcard, which would have been impractical and also difficult due to the need for secrecy. Instead each game was given a number and the morning editions of the NZZ published lists of the latest moves. Grob's opponents only had to read the newspaper to see Grob's latest move. They responded on postcards, citing the game number and the latest moves. The postcards were originally sent to the NZZ offices, although later games were sent to Grob's home address.

Tim Harding, The Great Grob CC Simultaneous, "The Write Move" anthology, Chess Mail, Dublin, 2005. p. 119-130

Jun-04-19  WTHarvey: In a match against Najdorf in Zuerich 1948, Grob set up this nice combination:

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23.Rxd5 Qxd5 24.Re8+ Rxe8 25.Qxd5

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  Pyrandus: The "Grob /Grobian/ Attack" is victorious!
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