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Henri Grob vs Paul Johner
"Grob Bag" (game of the day Dec-16-2007)
Bern (1932), Bern SUI, rd 4, Jul-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Nov-12-03  Drstrangelove: Nice ending
Nov-12-03  stef21: 55..a1Q 56. d8Q+!
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  kevin86: 55...a1Q 56 d8Q+ Kxd8 57 b8Q# ouch!!!
Nov-12-03  hickchess99: excellent endgame by grob.
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  lostemperor: Grob was famous for his opening 1. g4. Also called the killergrob.
Nov-12-03  hickchess99: are there any of these "killergrob" games in the database?
Nov-12-03  mprchess: 1. e4 g5 Is called the Borg defence. He liked that g-file.
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  kevin86: 1 e4 g5 the BOrg defense,what is the McEnroe attack? 2h4!!! ?
Nov-14-03  talmax: 1. e4 g5 is known as the Borg Defence because it is Grob spelled backwards!
Nov-14-03  drukenknight: on blacks move 53 why doesnt he just break the pin?
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  Honza Cervenka: <dk> It doesn't help. 53...Kd8 54.d6 Nb8 (white threatened Rc8#) 55.e6 and the game is over. If 53...Ke8, then 54.e6 wins easily. If 53...Kf8, then white can play 54.e6 Nb8 55.Ke5 a3 56.Kf6 Kg8 57.e7 Bb5 58.Rxc2 etc.
Feb-22-05  aw1988: I have a hunch the game score is incorrect. It is probably 1. g4.
Dec-16-07  diagonal: Scoresheet is correct. Although Grob is famous for his postulation of the g4-opening, also known as "Grob's attack", he opened this encounter with e4. Grob's attack takes its name from the Swiss International Master Henry Grob (1904–1974), who analyzed this mostly considered as irregular opening extensively and played hundreds of correspondence games with 1. g4 or g3. In the disputed 1978 world chess champion match, Korchnoi once used the uncommon 1. g3 against Karpov, and won ;-)

Btw, this game was played in the fourth round of the strong international chess tournament at Bern 1932, won by then World Champion Alekhine with 12.5 out of 15, ahead of Euwe (no loss) and Flohr, both with 11.5 points, then the enigmatic Sultan Khan, with Bernstein and Bogoljubov on shared 5th/6th place.

Dec-16-07  Samagonka: Brave nice tactics by white.
Dec-16-07  CapablancaFan: <diagnol> I think <aw1988> was being facetious about the score sheet.;-)
Dec-16-07  diagonal: ups, sorry, I missed that ;-)
Dec-16-07  tatarch: 26.f4 is a great move. Black can't take the pawn with 26...Qxf4 because of 27.Rf1 , Black can't move the queen to c7 or the king to g7 because of 27.Re7, and the line played in the game with 27.Qe5+ seems winning for white.

It also looks like Black can't try to trade the queen with 26...Qb8 or 26...Qf8 because White can decline the trade and move a pawn, and if the queens come off the board on the next move white still seems to have the winning rook vs. bishop-and-knight endgame. I'm not as sure about that though...

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  playground player: Gee, you know you're going to play against Grob, so you bust your hump studying 1. g4, and he trots out the Ruy Lopez on you. Not fair!
Dec-16-07  soberknight: That's a pretty ending.
Dec-16-07  xrt999: wow, the Ruy Lopez, with a knight-bishop vs a Rook going on for 60 or 70 moves. Awesome.

this is going in my favorite games.....not

Dec-16-07  xrt999: Wow, Grob achieved IM at the age of 46 AND has an opening named after him...there is still hope for me yet!
Dec-16-07  newtonbag: grob showed remarkable nerve in this game
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  kevin86: A rare one indeed with four pawns on the seventh rank. Black can queen first,but loses to a double queening by white.

I still like the McEnroe attack: 1 e4 g5 2 h4. Bad move,you can't be serious!!

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