Welcome to my Grob Attack (ECO A00) game with Nieuwoudt page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the White side of the Grob Attack.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This appears to be my second win with this opening.

Rhine Main March Open
Rhine Main AFB, Germany
Date Played: 15 March 1986
White: Mike Serovey (1530)  Black: Nieuwoudt (1934/4)

1. g4 h6 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. e4 e5 4. h3 Bc5 5. d3 b6 6. c4 Bb7 7. Nc3 c6

Grob attack after 7... c6.

Grob attack after 7… c6.

Black’s setup is rather unusual. His last move blocks his fianchettoed Bishop and takes a good square away from his Queen’s Knight. Better would have been 7… Nc6.

8. Nf3 Qc7 9. Qe2 d5 10. exd5 cxd5    

Grob attack after 10... cxd5.

Grob attack after 10… cxd5.

If White plays 11. cxd5 after 11… Nxd5 Black’s fianchettoed Bishop comes to life and White ends up with an isolated d pawn. So, he decided to chase the Black Queen off c7 and then exchange on e5 instead.

11. Nb5 Qe7 12. Qxe5 Na6 13. Qxe7+ Bxe7 14. O-O dxc4 15. dxc4 O-O 16. Nfd4 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Rfc8 18. b3 Nc5

Grob attack after 18... Nc5.

Grob attack after 18… Nc5.

Black has slightly better development than White but White is up a pawn. Soon, White finally gets his remaining Bishop into this game.

19. Nf5 Bf8 20. Bf4 Rc6 21. Rad1 a6 22. Nc7 Ra7 23. Nd5 Nxd5 24. Rxd5 Rd7

Grob attack after 24... Rd7.

Grob attack after 24… Rd7.

Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to trade pieces when down material. In this case Black wants to get the White rooks off the d file.

25. Rfd1 Rxd5 26. Rxd5 g6? (This drops the h pawn and leaves Black down 2 pawns.) 27. Nxh6+ Bxh6?    

Grob attack after 27... Bxh6?

Grob attack after 27… Bxh6?

Black continues to trade pieces when down material. This makes it easier for White to win! Better was 27… Kg7 leaving the White Knight with nowhere to go.

28. Bxh6 Ne6 29. Kg3 f6 30. Be3 Kg7?

Grob attack after 30... Kg7?

Grob attack after 30… Kg7?

Allowing White to get to his second rank with a check makes it harder for Black to defend his queenside pawns.

31. Rd7+ Kf8 32. Rb7 Nc5 33. Bxc5+ bxc5 34. a4 Kg8 35. a5 1-0

Grob attack after 35. a5 (Final position).

Grob attack after 35. a5 (Final position)

Black is down 2 pawns and is going to either lose a third one after 36. Rb6 or he will have to exchange rooks on b6 which will give White a passed pawn on b6 which Black cannot stop from queening.

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