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

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Grob's Attack[edit | edit source]

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

1...d5[edit | edit source]

Black responds by taking up central space as well as 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, they can also just give it up, in return receiving an improvement in their position, though Black will still be much better. As a result, 2. Bg2 is commonly played, to which Black most commonly responds 2...c6, protecting the d5-pawn, or 2...Bxg4, gaining the pawn at the cost of a slight loss of time.

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.


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References[edit | edit source]

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