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Alexander Belezky vs Gordon Phillips
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 5, Jan-29
Grob Opening: Grob Gambit (A00)  ·  1-0



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Mar-28-05  mack: Belezky plays the opening of the day perfectly. Call me a bad man but I've been playing the Grob quite a bit recently with a fair bit of success.
Jan-23-06  Belezky: Mack, thank you for your comment. I wanted long time ago to post a reply. But only now I got an opportunity to do so. I like to play 1.g4 followed by 2.Bg2. Reminds me what I am usually playing - 1.Nf3 and 2.g3. Sometimes I get similar positions but with "more active" (or, maybe better to say: "expanded" pawn formation on the King's flank). Though, the move g4 has a clear drawback - weakness of the squares h3, h4 and sometimes f3, f4 if I move my pawn from the square "e2" and not mentioning the fact that White has to dedicate some time supporting the pawn with h3. In this game (after scoring in first three rounds of that tournament about half a point out of 3 games) I was sure that I need some "drive". And Grob opening is one of that exciting ways to start the game with White where I get almost all chess "drive" I need. The difference in class was overwhelming in this game. My opponent played quite well. He adopted a sound system (reminds me setup's with reversed colours against Pirc defence and/or King's Indian), but the fact that I was rated 2399 and my opponent didn't have any rating at all was making the final result of the game quite predictable. My opponent went wrong as early as on the move 7. Castling long helped me much in building my play. I can't get much in the centre (e4 would kill my lightsquared Bishop, create eternal weaknesses on the bunch of squares ranging from d3 to f4, etc). Neither I can play on the King's flank. The only area where I can do something is the Queen's flank. But... There is nothing to attack there. While I push my pawns "a" and "b", for example... Black can reply with the counterstrike in the centre... I can't even castle short, because of crushing attack starting with h5. By playing 0-0-0 my opponent gave me an object to attack on the Qside - his King. This means that I have chosen not appropriate setup against Black's scheme. With the 12... Nf4 my opponent helped me to remove one of his best pieces for my Bishop which was doing almost nothing at all ob c1. And before 12... Nf4 I was concerned much about its future. Black had to make 4 moves (three with the Knight and one the repacture with the pawn on f4) and I made only one - BxN. That's too much time for such an early stage of the game. The exchange on f4 resulted in weak Black pawns on the King's flank and in giving up control over key central squares - d4 and e5. On move 16 it became clear that my King in the centre feels itself in some safety compared to his Black's colleague. Move 16... c6 permitted to my Queen the "jump" to a4 which later will be used to create mating threats around Black's King and the move 17.Qa4 was winning a tempo by attacking the pawn f4. Still, I think that if not the 18... Nh7 which lost two tempo's since Black Knight returned to f6 in a move, my attack wouldn't be so effective. I believe that 18... Bc8 could offer much more resistance. That looks like everything I wanted to write about this game. If you have any questions feel free to ask them. I shall follow the comments on these games on :)
Mar-25-06  thschess: I have to admit, this was one very cool game. I may only be in the 1500 range as far as ratings, but I was appreciated this all the way through. I would also like to thank Mr. Belezky for leaving a comment. Its awesome that there are such good players on!

I was wondering if there many high-level masters, IM's or GM's on this site?

Jan-19-08  The Chess Express: As natural as 6…f6 looks 6…h5 right away may have been stronger. 7. gxh6 f6 8. Nbd2 Rxh5 9. h4 (gambiting the h is dubious) 0-0-0 10. Qa4 Bc5 gives black an overwhelming position. 7. g5 0-0-0 8. Qa4 Nge7 9. Nbd2 Ng6 10. b4 a6 11. Rb1 Bd6 12. b5 Na7 13. c4 Kb8 14. Qc2 Nf4 is another not too great line for white.

As was pointed out by Mr. Belezky 12…Nf4 was where black went wrong. 12…Bf5 threatening e4 would have been better. 13. Be3 e4 14. Nfd4 exd3 15. exd3 fxg5 16. Nc5 Qf7 would have maintained an advantage.

Jan-19-08  The Chess Express: <Belezky: This means that I have chosen not appropriate setup against Black's scheme>

Have you found any improvements? I play the Grob from time to time myself, but it’s lines like this that prevent me from playing it in any sort of serious game. How about 5. Nc3 h5 6. g5 Qd7 7. e4 d4 8. Nce2 0-0-0 9. f4 (h4)

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Black is still up, but maybe white can play a sort of reversed KID.

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