Like most grandmasters, Zurab Azmaiparashvili plays a variety of openings. He wins games with Grob's Attack 1.g4 because of his aggressive skills in tactics and strategy. Playing Black in this game is International Master Mert Yilmazyerli of Turkey.
GM Azmaiparashvili of Georgia was born in 1960. He has been a grandmaster since 1988. His current FIDE rating is 2637. He has served as a FIDE vice president.
When Azmaiparashvili plays White after 1.g4 d5, he usually plays 2.Bg2. This is the way Henri Grob and Claude Bloodgood played. Michael Basman recommended 2.h3.
The Grob 1.g4 is sometimes called the Spike Attack. When played in reverse as 1...g5, it used to be called the Macho Grob. Now it is more often called the Borg, which is literally the name Grob spelled backwards, but it reminds me of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
My Chess Training Repertoire this Thursday covers the Grob 1.g4 and Borg 1...g5.
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Azmaiparashvili (2412) - MertYilmazyerli (2373), ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 22.03.2016 begins 1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 [Gambit accepted. An alternative is 2...e5=/+] 3.c4 c6 4.Qb3 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Qxb7 Nbd7 8.Nb5 Rc8 9.Nxa7 [9.Qxa7 Bc5 10.Qa4 0-0 11.d4 Be7 12.Nf3 Rc4 13.Qd1 Qa5+ 14.Nc3 Qb6 15.e3 Ne4 16.0-0 Nxc3 17.bxc3 Rxc3-/+ Material is even, but the Black pieces have more scope.] 9...Rc7 [I wonder how White would answer 9...Rb8 10.Qc6 (or 10.Qa6 Rb6-+) 10...Qa5 11.Nc8 Qc5 Black wins 0-1 in 30 moves. Sam Sloan-Bill Brock, Chicago 2005] 10.Qa6 Bc5?! [The chances are even. Black should try 10...Nc5!-+] 11.Nb5 0-0 [11...Rc8 12.Nd6+ Bxd6 13.Qxd6=] 12.Nxc7 Qxc7 13.Nf3 e5 14.d4 Bb4+ [14...exd4 15.0-0=] 15.Bd2 Bxf3? [15...Bxd2+ 16.Nxd2 exd4 17.Nb3+/=] 16.Bxf3 [16.Bxb4! Bxg2 17.Bxf8 Kxf8 18.Rg1+-] 16...Bxd2+ 17.Kxd2 exd4 18.Rac1 Qf4+ 19.Kc2 Ne5 [19...Nc5=] 20.Kb1 Nxf3 21.exf3 Qxf3 22.Rhd1 Qxf2 23.Rc2 Qf4 24.Qd3 h6 25.Qxd4 Qf5 26.Qd3 Qe5 27.Re2 Qf4 28.a3 Rb8 29.Ka2 Qa4 30.Qc2 Qb5 31.Re7 Ne4 [31...Rf8 32.Rd4+/-] 32.Rd3 Qa5 33.Rb3 Rd8 34.Rbb7 Rf8 35.Qc7 d4? [35...Qxc7 36.Rbxc7+-] 36.Qxa5 Black resigns 1-0
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