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Claude Frizzel Bloodgood vs R Halley
Washington D.C. (1958)
Grob Opening: Grob Gambit. Fritz Gambit (A00)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Black's 4...Nxd5?! is an opening error in the Grob accepted. Better perhaps is 4...c6 leading to easy equality for Black.

Fritz 8 analyzes 4...c6 5. Nc3 cxd5 6. Qb3 e6 7. Qxb7 Nbd7 8. d4 Qc8 9. Qxc8+ Rxc8 10. Bd2 Bf5 11. Nf3 (-0.34 @ 15 depth & 638kN/s). Although Fritz 8 gives the position as slightly favoring Black, it is actually about level and White is far from lost and could cause Black a lot of discomfort with his queenside pawns if it gets to an endgame.

I'm beginning to see why the Grob accepted is not favored by Kasparov and Keene in BCO . The move 2...Bxg4 equalizes easy enough for Black, but doesn't appear to give much more.

Perhaps that is why Kasparov and Keene in BCO endorse Basman's recommendation of <2...c6> g5 h6! 4. h4 hxg5 5. hxg5 Rxh1 6. Bxh1 Qd6 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. d3 e5 as leading to a clear Black advantage. This declined line also has the advantage of avoiding the problem of having to memorize a lot of complex lines and traps in the 2...Bxg4 accepted line.

Feb-14-04  marcus13: What is this gambit. What does white ave in exchange of his pawn.
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  patzer2: <marcus 13> It is the Grob Attack Gambit and it gives White an initiative with a lot of traps for unprepared Black players to fall into.

However, I think that against a strong and well prepared opponent the opening is weak and can be beaten by accepting or declining it. In this line, Black can gain equality and perhaps a small advantage with 4...c6, and that should be enough to allow the best player to win.

Mar-15-04  Whitehat1963: Why not 17...f5?
Mar-23-04  Cyphelium: 17.- f5 18. Qxg7 mate.
May-28-04  paolobagnoli: Thirty years ago there took place a very interesting debate on an italian Magazine: "L'Arcimatto"
Nov-04-05  molle2006: lol, at the end white's three center pawns are still standing on d2, e2 and f2

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