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Geza Maroczy vs Rudolf Rezso Charousek
"Maroczy Bound" (game of the day Jan-12-12)
Budapest 1896  ·  King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Staunton Line (C31)  ·  0-1
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Sep-12-09
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  notyetagm: 18 ... ?


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18 ... Bd6-b4!!


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It never ceases to amaze me what you can do on the chess board when you have *immense* <TACTICAL SKILL>, like Charousek did back then and Carlsen, Aronian, etc. do today.

Jun-05-10  Coolin: Four pieces en prise after 18...Bb4? Amazing.
Dec-18-11  eSpade: It seems that in this game... Maroczy is in a bind :)
Dec-18-11  King Death: < eSpade: It seems that in this game... Maroczy is in a bind>

White does a lot better here if he avoids 4.Qe2 and sticks with the main line of 4.d3 Nf6 5.de Ne4 6.Nf3 Bc5 7.Qe2.

Dec-19-11
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  Phony Benoni: "Like Webster's Dictionary we're Maroczy Bound."
Jan-12-12  Oceanlake: 4.Qe2 Let's try this just to be different.
Jan-12-12
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  sevenseaman: Gripping tension, all the way. I've never seen more pieces en prise in a game. Charousek leaves a lasting impression that he could create a work of art at will.

This game shows you cannot place a limit on the profundity of chess. Of it I know a miniscule little but I feel proud, perhaps my best trophy.

"Maroczy Bound" is so apt. Aren't both of them Czechs?

Jan-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Charousek!! In this game, all I can say about him is "What a beast!!"

LTJ

Jan-12-12
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  Gypsy: <Aren't both of them Czechs?> Hungarians.

(Charousek was born in Prague however.)

Jan-12-12  iking: <Rudolf Rezso Charousek
Number of games in database: 182
Years covered: 1890 to 1899
Overall record: +115 -34 =30 (72.6%)*>

Charousek is a very strong player ....

Jan-12-12  eSpade: Thanks to CG.com for choosing my pun for this game, and also to the masters for creating such a masterpiece :)
Jan-12-12  BlackSheep: Sublime play there by Charousek , shame he had such an early exit at 27.
Jan-12-12
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  shakespeare: A Charousek Biography on youtube by jessicafischerqueen - worth watching

http://www.youtube.com/user/jessica...

Jan-12-12  piltdown man: Beautiful stuff.
Jan-12-12  Penguincw: Well, Maroczy wasn't that old at the time, was he?
Jan-12-12  ciberchess: Maroczy was 26 years old at that time, he was not a child.
Jan-12-12
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  kevin86: Strange,but by the end of the game,Maroczy position looks like he made about ten less moves than Charousek-kind of like LSU vs Alabama last Monday.
Jan-12-12  Llawdogg: Holy Crap! That took some nerve.
Jan-12-12  thendcomes: Poor play by Maroczy diminishes this game, IMO.

<Coolin> mentioned that four pieces are left en prise after 18...Bb4. I count only two - the Bishops on a4 and b4. The pinned c3 Pawn and d3 Bishop cannot move, so Black's Queen and e4 Rook are not en prise.

Jan-12-12
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  WannaBe: <<<ATTENTION>>>

Would like to remind everyone that Caissar Award is being held in my forum. And today, we are voting on <Most Constructive> and <Funniest Kibitzer>.

You can see the list of nominees and vote by clickin' on the Wabbit Avatar.

Jan-12-12  TheoNov: These two, esp Charousek, sure did love fireworks! Check this earlier encounter: Charousek vs Maroczy, 1893
Jan-13-12  Rob Lob Law: is 19. cxb4 ok to play? I realize the queen can take the rook on a1 but then the b pawn can take the a4 bishop. Is white ok there?
Jan-13-12
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  Shams: <Rob Lob Law> It's like you're willing to hold chess notation by the hand, but not kiss it. :)

19.cxb4 Re3 20.Qf1 Bb5 looks good for Black, same problem as in the game. You are correct that White is fine on 19...Qxa1?

Jan-13-12  Rob Lob Law: <Shams> I just dont want to move to fast with chess notation... :P

Yeah i missed Re3 because i thought bxa4 would compensate for the loss of queen (2 bishops and the rook for a queen and eventually 2 pawns). Now i see that 19 cxb4 Re3 bxa4 Qxd4 is mate. What a wicked position!

Would white really be ok if 19 cxb4 Qxa1? The position seems unclear to me, and although white is up material after 20 bxa4, I think black might still have a slight edge due to the exposed king and scattered white pawns.

Jan-14-12
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  Shams: <Rob> 19...Qxa1? 20.Bxe4
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