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Henri Grob
Number of games in database: 222
Years covered: 1926 to 1967
Overall record: +83 -99 =40 (46.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (24) 
    A00
 Sicilian (20) 
    B23 B32 B83 B40 B24
 Giuoco Piano (14) 
    C50
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B18 B13 B17
 Two Knights (7) 
    C58 C55
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C84 C79 C78 C63 C88
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A40 D02 A45 A46 D05
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D63 D68 D51 D50 D61
 Sicilian (9) 
    B58 B50 B57 B45 B88
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C79 C77 C73
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D35
 King's Indian (6) 
    E60 E94 E67 E61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Flohr vs Grob, 1933 0-1
   Grob vs Lenherr, 1966 1-0
   Grob vs P F Johner, 1932 1-0
   Grob vs Wiedemeier, 1965 1-0
   Grob vs Nimzowitsch, 1934 1/2-1/2
   Grob vs B Brechbuehler, 1966 1-0
   Grob vs H Glauser, 1965 1-0
   Grob vs Gahwiller, 1966 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   smith mora and grob's by mathlover
   Grob opening by Vavilov

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HENRI GROB
(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 9; games 1-25 of 222  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Grob vs B Kostic  ½-½52 1926 MeranoB40 Sicilian
2. Grob vs Tartakower 0-157 1926 MeranC40 King's Knight Opening
3. Grob vs A C Sacconi  1-032 1926 MeranoB02 Alekhine's Defense
4. Yates vs Grob 1-017 1926 MeranoB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Grob vs Gruenfeld  ½-½65 1926 MeranoB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. G Patay vs Grob  1-037 1926 MeranoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Przepiorka vs Grob  0-161 1926 MeranoD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. Spielmann vs Grob 1-042 1926 09, MeranB20 Sicilian
9. B de Alimonda vs Grob  0-149 1926 MeranoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Grob vs E Canal  0-142 1926 MeranoE12 Queen's Indian
11. Colle vs Grob  1-062 1926 MeranoD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. L Palau vs Grob  1-032 1927 1st olm finalE16 Queen's Indian
13. L Matibet vs Grob 1-026 1927 1st olm finalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Grob vs A Pokorny 1-022 1927 1st olm finalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. Grob vs W Schelfhout  ½-½44 1927 1st olm finalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. K Ruben vs Grob  ½-½42 1927 1st olm finalA48 King's Indian
17. Grob vs Mieses  0-126 1927 1st olm finalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Grob vs M Censer  1-033 1927 1st olm finalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Grob vs P F Johner 1-055 1932 BerneC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. W Rivier vs Grob  1-036 1932 BerneC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
21. Grob vs Bogoljubov  0-156 1932 BerneB40 Sicilian
22. Grob vs E Voellmy  ½-½39 1932 BerneB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. Euwe vs Grob  1-031 1932 BerneE15 Queen's Indian
24. Grob vs Sultan Khan 0-143 1932 BerneC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. H Johner vs Grob  0-142 1932 BerneD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 222  PGN Download
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May-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: its practically honor for someone else to make the first move on boards in simul for a simul giver. When the russian president made the opening move for karpov on all boards as g4 he turned to him and said YOU EXPECT ME TO PLAY THAT?

I think thats how the story goes.

Still the player grob himself was obviously one who loved suspect openings like the englund gambit d4 e5. He seems intent on playing ANYTHING that will get him out of a positional slugfest.

Apr-12-09  Dredge Rivers: We are the Grob! Resistance is elituf!
Jul-18-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <NohBrobbing> I object! No fair lumping in 1.b4 with the Grob Opening. I play it a lot--it has relieved me of the burden of playing against the French or the Sicilian. It works better than the Grob because it's on the Queenside: you have more space there, and the opening doesn't put your King in jeopardy. I've posted one of my Orangutan games on my forum.
Jul-18-09  Knight13: Grob opening sucks. People who play it plays it to look "cool" and be unique.
Jul-19-09  drukenknight: shows us the refutation then...
Jul-19-09  Hiarcs: <Knight13> I share your opinion, and somehow i sense the same psychology over my opponents when they use it against me, since they often log off [online games at playchess] after they lose, a nice point to try is to let rybka play against the grob, it might show how to dismantle it properly.
Jul-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Two very efficient demolitions of the Grob opening:

M Basman vs Miles, 1981
M Basman vs Keene, 1981

Jun-04-10  newzild: Surely his biography should mention Grob's Opening?

A major oversight there. That is by far Grob's biggest claim to fame.

Jun-04-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <PotD>

More biographical details:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_...

Jun-04-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  redlance: happy birthday to henry grob,
hope sam sloan reprints grobs attack someday!!!!
Feb-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: There's an article on herr Grob at http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... (2-20-11).
Jun-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: happy birthday
Jun-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: happy birthday Grob Attack!
Jun-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  redlance: Happy Birthday Henri Grob!!!!
Jun-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: His defense works well against the English; at least that has been my experience.
Sep-07-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: happy birthday g4! ...........
Jun-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 1.P-KN4, Happy Birthday!
Jun-04-13  brankat: Happy Birthday IM Grob!
Jun-04-13  Conrad93: The Grob is practically refuted.
Jun-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  redlance: Happy Birthday Henri Grob!!!
Long Live the Grob!!!
Jun-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanta...

Jun-04-14  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:

http://www.eurochess.de/grobs-angri...

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

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