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Geza Maroczy vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 6, Jul-25
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation (C48)  ·  1-0


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Apr-08-05  Whitehat1963: A VERY interesting game. 23. Rxc3 is extremely well thought out. Great finish. I'm really very surprised no one has kibitzed about this game. Check it out!
Apr-08-05  WillC21: The exchange sac was brilliant. I failed to see how it worked immediately, but I missed white's text response at move 25(Qc4!). The exchange was sac sound, and by move 25 black was hopelessly lost.
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  Calli: 23.Rxc3 works, but 23.Bg5 (Tarrasch) wins quicker.
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  plang: Nunn's book on the 4 Knights doesn't mention alternatives for black after 7 Nf3 but Belyavsky played 9..Bf8 against Ljobojevic in 1993 which looks like a much better move as white can no longer chase the knight back to b8. After 31..Qg6 32 Qxg6..hxg 33 Nd6..Rf8 34 Rd8..Raxd8 35 cxd..Rxd8 36 Nf7+ wins.
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  keypusher: <Calli: 23.Rxc3 works, but 23.Bg5 (Tarrasch) wins quicker.> Following up on this, Tarrasch gives 23...Bf6 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. Qf5 or 23...Qc8 24. Nxc3 bxc3 25. Bf6 (threatening Qg5) 25....gxf6 <or 25....g6 26. Qh5!! -- Shredder> 26. Rg3+ Kh8 27. Qf5 Qd8 28. Rh3 and mate.

After 25....Qe8 26. dxc7 Tarrasch writes:

<Remarkable that White does not continue his combination! After 26. Nf6+ gxf6 27. Bxf6 the game is lost, for on 27....Qe6, 28. Qf4 wins; on 27....h5 28. Qf4 Ne6 29. Qh6 wins.>

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  mike1: Guess Tarrasch is right, but- as often- too unpractical. After 26. Nf6+ gxf6, 27. Bxf6 Qe6, 28. Qf4 Qxf6, 29. Qxf6 Ne6. Black got a knight and rook for the queen. Think Maroczy's solution was quicker.
Jan-30-15  TangoJoseph: This is the inventor of the Maroczy bid in the Sicilian :) he was a good player
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