Thursday, December 6, 2018

Grob Attack 1.g4 Steve Welborn

Michael Basman played the Grob 1.g4 and Macho Grob 1...g5 with the idea of defending his g-pawn with his h-pawn. The Grob is dangerous to play at the higher levels where opponents excel at tactics. At club levels or in blitz games, the Grob works fine with its offbeat ideas and unexpected attacks. Black wasted time with 3...h6 and lost two pieces after 17...Qd6? in a tournament game between James Steve Welborn and David Ward.

Welborn (1600) - Ward (1672), Dallas Pinfork, 02.03.1996 begins 1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.h3 h6 4.c4 c6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Nf6 7.Nc3 e4 8.d3 Nc6 9.g5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Bb4 11.0-0-0 Be6 12.dxe4 d4 13.Qa4 [13.Nd5+/=] 13...Qb6 14.Bxf6 [14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Bxd5=] 14...gxf6 [14...dxc3 15.Bd4 cxb2+ 16.Kb1 Bc5-/+] 15.Nd5 Qc5+ 16.Kb1 b5 17.Qxb5 [17.Qb3+/-] 17...Qd6? [17...Qxb5=]
18.Nxb4 [18.e5+-] 18...Rb8 [18...Qxb4 19.Qxc6+ Ke7 20.Qc7+ Ke8 21.Nf3+-] 19.Qxc6+ 1-0

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