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Henri Grob vs Chantal Chaude de Silans
Zuerich m1 (1951), rd 4
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  0-1



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Henri Grob vs Chantal Chaude de Silans (1951)
German chess magazine Caissa, August 1951.

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-23-07  nescio: In the 1920's Niemzowitsch demonstrated several times how good White's position is after 9.Bxc6! (instead of 9.Nbd2) Bxc6 10.Ne5. Several examples are listed by <MUG> under Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann, 1927

In this game 9...a6 was a mistake (9...Nb8!) and White could have had essentially the same position as in Niemzowitsch-Spielmann (with a black pawn on a6 instead of a rook at c8) after 11.Ne5! Instead with 11.Qe2 and 12.Kh1 he prepares an ingenious, but unsound pawn sacrifice, giving Black the opportunity to preserve the bishop with ...b5. Subsequently she also refutes the sacrifice 13.g4 with 13...d4! (13...Nxg4? 14.Ng5 Bxg5 15.Qxg4 with a powerful attack).

Strong play by ms. Chaudé de Silans.

Dec-23-08  YoungEd: I agree, <nescio>. White had an almost optimal Bird's set-up and blew it. I don't know why he favored the g4 pawn sac (which didn't work) over the thematic posting of a knight at e5.
Mar-09-09  TheTamale: Well, he was Grob, after all. g4 was in his blood.
Mar-09-12  ColeTrane: Tamale Haha! tru dat. . . . I play f4 a lot but put black square bishop on d2 instead of fianchetto
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  Penguincw: Threatening mate on h2 (rook is pinned) and also simply the rook.
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  GrahamClayton: Great photo - did the players drink their tea and eat the cakes while the game continued?
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  yiotta: The way to a man's heart is thru his stomach (see photo)
May-02-20  cameosis: are there any other games of the match that have survived?
Sep-06-20  Alan McGowan: According to Caissa 1951 (p229), this was the 4th match game and the only win for Mme de Silans against Grob's four wins. The last three games were draws.

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