Chess Opening Theory/1. g4/1...d5

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Grob's Attack[edit]

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


Black responds by threatening capture on g4. This is a sound response to 1. g4, as opposed to the more gimmicky 1...e5. Although white's g4 pawn is at risk, white can also give it up, in return receiving a substantial position improvement. As a result, 2. Bg2 is commonly played, followed up by 2...c6 or 2...Bxg4.


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

Theory table[edit]

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


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  • Michael Basman (1989). The Killer Grob. Pergamon chess openings. ISBN 0080371310. 
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.