My Quora Answer to: What is the greatest known defeat of a chess icon or master via use of a “Grob” variation?

Great question! Before answering straight away, let me first present some context about The Grob Opening.

The Grob Opening (1. g4), named after International Master Henri Grob (1904-1974), is one of the opening first moves for white with a very low draw rate (around 16%). Unfortunately for the fans of the Grob, after 1. g4 the black win rate is 45% so, statistically speaking, Grob’s Attack is not a very good opening choice for white. Still, 1. g4 remains a popular offbeat choice at the club level and many top GM’s have employed it in online blitz and bullet.

The greatest known defeat of a chess master with the Grob Opening occurred at the World Rapid Championship in St Petersburg Russia on 12/26/2018. GM Timur Gareyev (The Blindfold King) played 1. g4 in his fourth round defeat of the famous chess player and coach, GM Marat Makarov. The game finishes in a wild flourish of inaccurate play due to time trouble but white did secure a victory with The Grob in a prestigious over-the-board event so I believe this game to be the best example of a top grandmaster losing against Grob’s Attack.

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Players: Timur Gareyev - Marat Makarov (2505)
Result: 1 - 0
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Date: December 26, 2018
Location: St Petersburg RUS
Tournament: World Rapid Championship
Round: 4.63
Opening: A00 Irregular Openings
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Published on: July 2, 2021
Tags: International Master Henri Grob, GM Marat Makarov, GM Timur Gareyev, World Rapid Championship, Grob, Irregular openings, A00, IM Henri Grob
Categories: Quora, Grob Opening, Grob's Attack
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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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