Chess Opening Theory/1. g4

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Grob's Attack
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1.g4
ECO code: A00
Parent: Starting position

1. g4 - Grob's Attack[edit | edit source]

Grob's Attack is generally considered to be one of the worst starting moves for white. However, if White knows some theory and Black is caught by surprise, this opening can be playable even at high levels. An unprepared player with Black can be led into dangerous territory, especially if they fixate on attacking the g4 pawn early.

There are no big lines in the Grob’s Attack. To illustrate this, there is an opening called the Coca-Cola Gambit.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

No stats as 1. g4 occurs rarely among serious chess players.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation.

1. g4
1 2 3 4
g4
d5
Bg2
c6
h3
e5
d4
e4
c4
Bd6
=/+
...
...
...
Bxg4!?
c4
c6
cxd5
cxd5
Qb3 =
...
e5
d3
d5
Bg2
Nc6
h3
Nge7
=/+

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Michael Basman (1989). The Killer Grob. Pergamon chess openings. ISBN 0080371310. 
  • Claude Bloodgood (2010). The Tactical Grob. Ishi Press. ISBN 487187866X. 
  • Kasparov, Garry, & Keene, Raymond 1989 Batsford chess openings 2. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.