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To Grob or not to Grob...
By Keith Halonen
from Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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Like Marcel Duchamp, Henry Grob (1904-1974) was an artist/chessplayer. He created over 500 portraits and landscapes, and is reputed to have played over 3,500 games of correspondence chess. He earned the International Master title in 1950. Grob's Angriff: Eine revolutionäre Neuerung auf dem Gebiet der Schach-Eröffnungen (Grob's Attack) details his deep analysis of an old opening line known by many other names: Ahlhausen, Brown, Colibri, Frič, Genoa, San Pier d'Arena, and The Spike. The first move of the opening characterizes its peculiarity: White's king knight pawn advances two squares (g2-g4). Of the games played from the first world championship in 1886 to 1990, the most popular first move for White was d2-d4 (364 games), e2-e4 (275 games), c2-c4 (94 games), and Ng1-f3 (55 games) - source: Oxford Companion to Chess. High level chess masters often outplay opponents who essay the Grob Attack, perhaps because its many convoluted secondary and tertiary subvariations demand extreme attention to detail. Its chief utility might be evidenced when it is played against opponents who are either "rusty" or focussed on a limited range of specific popular openings rather than on general opening theory. In that respect, the Grob may effectively take such players "out of book" into less familiar territory.This book was followed by Grob's Angriff: Theorie und Praxis Einer Aktuellen Schach-Eroffnung / II. Erweiterte Ausgabe (extended edition). Both volumes are in German, but chess notation is easy enough to follow in most any language. In German algebraic notation, the King is K, the Queen is D, the Bishop is L, the Knight is S, and the Rook is T.NOTE: Both books titled Grob's Angriff have identical cover art but different subtitles. Both were authored and originally printed by Henry Grob. Just don't confuse the extended 2nd edition with this first one. The second edition appears to be somewhat rarer.
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