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Geza Maroczy vs Akiba Rubinstein
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 17, Jun-09
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0


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Aug-14-03  nateinstein: The only obvious move. A nice way to take advantage of a winning position. Also a great game to study for the french, white takes advantage and makes sure black doesn't get the draw.
Aug-14-03  pkspks: tactics tactics tactics!
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  patzer2: <ChessGames.Com> Nice selection! I've notice your two most recent problems have required knowledge of both middle game tactics and end game technique, including the final winning move of a queen psuedo sacrifice for a knight fork in this game. Knowing how to recognize and force the transition to a won end game is a key to winning chess. Keep them coming!
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Aug-14-03  myratingstinks: ok, would someone please explain how white wins? Black is + a queen. What gives? the 3 connected pawns?
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  patzer2: <myratingstinks> The endgame will require some technique to win, but not much. As the connected white pawns start their advance, white should be able to sacrifice the knight for the remaining black pawn and still win with the connected passed pawns against the knight and king. Study of king and pawns versus king and knight endings will help.
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  patzer2: Rubenstein's 24...Bb6 is a weak move that all but concedes the game to white after 25. Bxb6. I suppose 24...Re6, with the idea of setting up a defense with ...b6 and ...Be7 soon to follow, was a better alternative than either the move played or 24...Bxd4, giving up the dark squared bishop and conceding the center to white.
Aug-14-03  pkspks: myratingstinks ok after black takes whites queen, white plays Nxp and white is gonna win easy see.
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  Calli: Interesting is Maroczy's slow buildup with 18. Nd1, 19.c3 etc. Qf5 suggests itself much earlier. But a move like 18.Qf5, forcing f6, is so obvious that you know he saw it and decided to bring the knight in first. He may be right, hard to tell.

<stinks> Its not a queen+, kxh7 then the nxg5+ forks the Q & k.

Aug-14-03  Qian: an ingenius but yet the only plausible move here.
Aug-14-03  myratingstinks: gotcha pkspks....... blacks choice is retire or lose its queen & the g pawn because of the fork on the king & queen after playing Nxg5. There is a reason I chose the handle...... ;)
Apr-20-10  parisattack: Maroczy uses an over-protection motif for e5 - long before Nimzo 'discovered' it.
Oct-01-10  paladin at large: Quite apart from the fancy finish, a tricky attack in the long buildup by Maróczy, especially considering the exposure of his king.
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