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Geza Maroczy vs Efim Bogoljubov
Dresden (1936), Dresden GER, rd 3, Jun-09
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0


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Apr-08-05  Maroczy: I'm wondering if this is Maroczy's last tournament victory.
Jun-03-06  paladin at large: If it was his last tournament victory, fitting that it was a queen ending. 42. Qd6 is an interesting move (vice Qxb5). I assume he did not want to run the risk of perpetual check and saw that he could forestall this if his queen remained more centralized, while pushing his own passed pawn.
Nov-16-07  paladin at large:  <  Maroczy><: I'm wondering if this is Maroczy's last tournament victory. > Don't you remember? (Poor devil.)
Nov-02-12  vinidivici: <paladin>
<42. Qd6 is an interesting move> Exactly. Instead of eating b5 pawn, Maroczy had another plan.. He knew the problem with this kind of ending is perpetual checks from the hostile queen. So he took a chance to give a b5 pawn a life for his own purpose. And it was paid off!

After 49...Qc2+
50.Ke5! (not Kd5) Qc3+
51.Kd5 Qc4+
52.Kd6 Qb4+
53.Kc6 Qc3+
54.Kb7....the checks ran out and notice the blacks pawn became a liability for black.

Not 50.Kd5 because 50...Qa2+
51.Kc6 Qa6+
52.Kc5 Qa7+
53.Kxb5 (the pawns gone, draw's evident) Qb7+
54.Kc5 Qa7+
55.Kd6 Qa3+ draw with perpetual checks

51.Kc5 brings the same result with 51...Qa7+
52.Kxb5...pawns gone.

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