Grob’s Attack

The intended title of this was to be “The Grob Opening.” That was prior to researching the opening, and the man responsible for the opening, Henri Grob. “Henri Grob (4 June 1904 – 5? July[1] 1974) was a Swiss chess player, artist and painter. He pioneered eccentric chess openings, such as 1.g4 (book Angriff g2–g4, Zurich 1942), sometimes known as Grob’s Attack. He was awarded the title of International Master in 1950 at its inauguration.” (

Henri Grob vs. Willem Muhring (Hastings, 1947-48)

The fact is that Henri intended to move the f-pawn two squares but grabbed the g-pawn by mistake after being slapped on the back by a friend. OK, I made that up, but it’s as plausible as any other reason for how the opening came to be, is it not? Prior to writing I did a not so extensive search of Grob and his opening. The most amazing thing learned was what was not found; not one game featuring Henry Grob playing his opening could be located in the Big Database! I kid you not. There are 24 games featuring the Grob played by GM Michael Basman,

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and it should surprise no one that there are two games featuring GM Timur Gareyev,

one a loss to Jan Krzysztof Duda

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at the 2018 World Rapid, featuring the “Romford counter-gambit,” which is a new one to this writer, and another against Marat Makarov

The chess games of Marat Anatolyevich Makarov

at the same tournament, a game won by Timur. After losing Makarov had to be restrained from jumping out of a window. OK, I made that one up, too, but who could have blamed him? How would you like to be the Grandmaster known for losing to the Grob? Players have jumped for less reason…

Mark Hyland (1875) vs Josef Behrends (UNR)
9th Cherry Blossom Classic round 7
A00 Grob’s attack

  1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 c6 4. Qb3 Bc8 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bxd5 e6 7. Bg2 Nc6 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. d3 Bc5 10. Qc4 Bf8 11. Nc3 g6 12. Bg5 Bg7 13. h4 h5 14. Ne4 Qa5+ 15. b4 Nxb4 16. Nd6+ Ke7 17. Bd2 Nfd5 18. Rb1 Kxd6 19. Rxb4 Qc5 20. Qb3 Kd7 21. Rc4 Qb6 22. Qa4+ Ke7 23. Qa3+ Qd6 24. Rc7+ Bd7 25. Rxd7+ Kxd7 26. Qxd6+ Kxd6 27. e4 Nc7 28. Ng5 Ke7 29. Bb4+ Ke8 30. Ke2 f6 31. Nf3 Kf7 32. e5 Nd5 33. Bd2 Bh6 34. Rb1 b6 35. exf6 Bxd2 36. Kxd2 Rac8 37. d4 Kxf6 38. Bf1 Ne7 39. Bd3 Nf5 40. Rg1 Rhd8 41. a4 Ra8 42. Ke2 Nxd4+ 43. Nxd4 Rxd4 44. Rxg6+ Kf7 45. Rh6 Rxh4 46. Rh7+ Kg8 47. a5 b5 48. a6 b4 49. Ke3 Rh3+ 50. f3 Rf8 51. Rxa7 Rfxf3+ 52. Ke4 Rxd3 53. Rb7 Ra3 54. a7 Ra4 55. Ke5 Rha3 0-1
  1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 c6 4. Qb3 Bc8 5. cxd5 cxd5 (Komodo, Fritz, and Deep Fritz, and his bro, Deep Freezer, all play 5…Nf6) 6. Bxd5 e6 7. Bg2 (All three programs will play 7 Bxb7, as in the game below)

Stefan Grasser (1504) vs Marcello Grande (1350)
Event: Mittelfranken-ch
Site: Germany Date: ??/??/1999
Round: 3
ECO: A00 Grob, Fritz gambit
1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 3.c4 c6 4.Qb3 Bc8 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bxd5 e6 7.Bxb7 Bxb7 8.Qxb7 Nd7 9.Nc3 Bc5 10.Nb5 Rc8 11.Nxa7 Rc7 12.Qg2 Bxa7 13.Qxg7 Qf6 14.Qxf6 Ngxf6 15.d3 Rg8 16.Nh3 Bb6 17.Rg1 Rxg1+ 18.Nxg1 Ng4 19.Nh3 Ba5+ 20.Bd2 Bb6 21.Bf4 e5 22.Bg3 f6 23.a4 Ba5+ 24.Kd1 Nb6 25.Ng1 Nd5 26.e3 Nb4 27.h3 Nh6 28.Ra3 Nf5 29.Ne2 Nc2 30.Rc3 Bxc3 31.Nxc3 Nxg3 ½-½

Timur Gareyev (2569) vs Marat Makarov (2505)
Event: World Rapid 2018
Site: St Petersburg RUS Date: 12/26/2018
Round: 4.63
ECO: A00 Grob’s attack
1.g4 e5 2.Bg2 d5 3.c4 d4 4.b4 c6 5.Qb3 Be6 6.h3 Nd7 7.Nf3 a5 8.Ba3 b5 9.bxa5 bxc4 10.Qc2 Qxa5 11.Bxf8 Kxf8 12.O-O f6 13.e3 d3 14.Qd1 Ne7 15.Nc3 Kf7 16.Nh4 Nc5 17.f4 e4 18.f5 Bd5 19.g5 fxg5 20.f6 gxh4 21.Qh5+ Ng6 22.Nxd5 Ne6 23.Bxe4 cxd5 24.Bxd5 Qa6 25.Rab1 Ra7 26.Qf5 Re8 27.Rb4 Qd6 28.Rb5 1-0

Timur Gareyev (2569) vs Jan Krzysztof Duda (2738)
Event: World Rapid 2018
Site: St Petersburg RUS Date: 12/27/2018
Round: 6.34
ECO: A00 Grob, Romford counter-gambit
1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 3.c4 d4 4.Bxb7 Nd7 5.Bxa8 Qxa8 6.f3 e5 7.d3 f5 8.Qa4 Bh5 9.Na3 c6 10.Bd2 Ngf6 11.O-O-O Be7 12.Bb4 c5 13.Ba5 O-O 14.Nh3 e4 15.Nf4 Bf7 16.fxe4 fxe4 17.Rhg1 Ne5 18.Bc7 Ng6 19.Qa6 Kh8 20.Nb5 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 Bh5 22.Qe6 Qd8 23.Nxa7 Re8 24.Nc6 Qb6 25.Nxd4 Qa5 26.Rxg7 Bd8 27.Re7 Bxe7 28.Nc6 Qxa2 29.Be5 Qa1+ 30.Kd2 e3+ 31.Ke1 Qa8 32.b4 Rg8 33.Bxf6+ Bxf6 34.Qxf6+ Rg7 35.Ra1 Qxc6 36.Qf8+ Rg8 37.Qf1 cxb4 38.Kd1 Qd6 39.Kc2 Qd4 40.Ra6 Bxe2 41.Qxe2 Qc3+ 0-1

After winning the first game the surprise factor was obviously gone with the wind…

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