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Alexander Alekhine vs Geza Maroczy
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 5, May-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  1-0



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Feb-27-04  morphyvsfischer: How'd Maroczy get his GM title with a game like THIS?
Feb-27-04  Kenkaku: Here's another big Maroczy blunder: Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 But one must remember, we all have bad days. Maroczy is one of the great masters of the early 1900s. When this game was played, Maroczy had been out of professional chess for quite awhile, and was much older, so he was naturally rusty.
Mar-08-05  notyetagm: Opponent attacks on the flank with pawns (12 ... g5??), you nuke the center (13 ♘d2!, 14 f3!, 16 e4 ). A textbook example.
Jun-07-05  farrooj: A very instructive game.
Open the center when someone attacks you on the flank
Feb-17-06  64 Squares: According to IM Silman, Marcozy had a little too much to drink before this encounter.
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  Pawn and Two: It is true that Maroczy was older than most of the competitors at Carlsbad 1923. Maroczy's best years were from 1896 to 1908, when he consistently ranked near the top.

At Carlsbad 1923, Maroczy was 53. Of the the 19 competitors, only Tarrasch (age 61) and Teichmann (age 54) were older than Maroczy.

Also, I agree this was not a good game by Maroczy.

However, this was a great tournament for Maroczy.

He was only one of two competitors that lost only one game. That other competitor was Teichmann, who finished with a score of +3 -1 = 12 in 9th place!

And where did Maroczy finish in this great Carlsbad tournament of 1923?

Maroczy finished in a first place tie with Alekhine and Bogoljubov!!

Maroczy scored +7 -1 =9 ; 11.5 out of 18. A great result for the Hungarian veteran.

May-29-08  whiteshark: In his annotations Alekhine critisized <12...g5> and <13...Rf7> heavily.

He said these moves are 'unworthy for a such a master like Maroczy'.

Jan-31-10  crwynn: Silman uses this to illustrate "meet a flank attack with a counter in the center." But isn't it really more an illustration of, "when most of your opponent's pieces are in a Dutch knot on the q-side, blast everything open and kill him"? Black's real error wasn't so much the weakening pawn moves as his complete insouciance over the e4 break while he was totally undeveloped. If he had say, played 12...Kh8 13.Nd2 Kg8 14.f3 Kh8 cd 16.e4 this would only be somewhat better for him than the game; the weakening pawn moves did hurt him but lost time was the main problem.

On the other hand if you take this position at move 12 and remove the bishops on c8 and d3 where is the great central counterattack principle? I am still not so enthusiastic about ...f5 and ...g5 but it doesn't seem nearly as bad, and the response of Nd2 and push e4 as in the game, would seem to leave White actually worse.

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  GrahamClayton: Maroczy expected Alekhine to play 19.♕d4, when 19...♕c5 forces the exchange of Queens. Alekhine's brilliant 19.♕c7! avoids that, and places Black in a state of paralysis.
Jan-08-15  GoldenBird: Marcozy Marcozy, what happened to you this day? Did you have too much beer to celebrate your lead in the tournament?
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  enog: P.S. Maroczy tied for first in this tournament!
May-17-18  Straclonoor: <Here's another big Maroczy blunder: Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 > Here is another one - Maroczy vs Leonhardt, 1908
Nov-22-18  ughaibu: And Maroczy won a brilliancy prize for his game in the next round: Maroczy vs O Chajes, 1923
May-13-20  Ulhumbrus: Alekhine's remark on 12...g5 is <But this attack, quite astonishing from a master of Maroczy's reputation, hopelessly compromises the already insecure position of Black's king> Alekhine responds with the withdrawal 13 Nd2! preparing to smash it up in the centre by f3 and e4.

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