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Geza Maroczy
Number of games in database: 823
Years covered: 1893 to 1947
Overall record: +351 -138 =331 (63.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (80) 
    C87 C67 C66 C77 C68
 Four Knights (58) 
    C49 C48 C47
 French Defense (46) 
    C01 C11 C10 C14 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    D02 D05 D04 D00 A46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
    C87 C88 C84 C96 C97
 French (19) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (94) 
    C01 C11 C14 C13 C00
 Orthodox Defense (57) 
    D63 D55 D64 D60 D67
 French (44) 
    C11 C13 C00 C12 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D02 D05 D00 D04 A40
 Sicilian (38) 
    B40 B22 B43 B23 B45
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C77 C84 C82 C62 C67
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 1-0
   Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905 1-0
   L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 0-1
   K Zambelly vs Maroczy, 1897 0-1
   Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 1/2-1/2
   Maroczy vs Vidmar, 1922 1-0
   Maroczy vs Marshall, 1907 1-0
   Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 0-1
   W Schelfhout vs Maroczy, 1920 0-1
   G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Vienna (1908)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Ostend (1905)
   Vienna (1904)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)
   Munich (1900)
   Paris (1900)
   London (1899)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Vienna (1898)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Two Chess Careers of Geza Maroczy by Resignation Trap
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   London 1899 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1924 by Benzol
   Paris 1900 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1903 by LaBourdonnaisdeux
   Geza Maroczy plays Queen endings by capanegra

   Alekhine vs Yates, 1922
   H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922
   V L Wahltuch vs Capablanca, 1922
   Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1922
   Capablanca vs D Marotti, 1922

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(born Mar-03-1870, died May-29-1951, 81 years old) Hungary
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Géza Maróczy was born in Szeged.

Tournaments between 1894 and 1911

He won the Final Section of the 7th British Amateur Championship at Hastings, 1895. He reached 2nd place behind World Champion Dr. Emanuel Lasker at Nuremberg (1896) and again (shared) at London (1899). Maroczy won Vienna (1909) ahead of Carl Schlechter (1). He came in shared 3rd at Paris (1900) behind Dr. Lasker and Harry Nelson Pillsbury and tied for 1st at Munich (1900) but withdrew from the tie-breaks. He reached 1st place at Monte Carlo (1902) following up with a 2nd place behind Siegbert Tarrasch at Monte Carlo (1903) and again a win at Monte Carlo (1904). Maroczy also won Ostend (1905) and tied for 1st at Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905). Maroczy came in 2nd behind Akiba Rubinstein at Karlsbad (1907) and tied for 1st at Vienna (1908).

Tournaments between 1920 and 1936

Maroczy tied for 2nd behind Richard Reti at Amsterdam (1920). At Karlsbad (1923) he tied for 1st with Alexander Alekhine and Efim Bogoljubov. He came in 2nd at Scarborough (1930) and tied for 3rd at Dresden (1936). He won the 1926-27 Manhattan Chess Club championship.

World Championship Match Negotiations

In 1906 he agreed to terms for a World Championship match with Dr. Lasker, but there were political problems in Cuba, where the match was to be played. Furthermore, Maroczy failed to make the $500 deposit by the deadline and the negotiations ended.


Maróczy's chess career spanned from 1895 to 1911 and 1920 to 1936 with the break in between to allow for more time to be devoted to his profession as a mathematics teacher.

He served as a teacher for Dr. Max Euwe and Vera Menchik. FIDE made the decision in 1950 to recognize him as a grandmaster.

Today the Maroczy Bind (pawns on c4 and e4 against the Sicilian) carries his name.

notes: Geza occasionally played consultation chess on the teams of Geza Maroczy / Jackson Showalter, Em. Lasker / Maroczy, Geza Maroczy / Robert Rollans, Geza Maroczy / Abonyi / Sterk and Hoffer / Maroczy.


Wikipedia article: Géza Maróczy

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 823  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-022 1893 casual gameB01 Scandinavian
2. Maroczy vs G Kanyurszky 1-028 1893 corrC40 King's Knight Opening
3. Maroczy vs G V R Exner 1-024 1894 BudapestC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Charousek vs Maroczy  ½-½40 1894 BudapestC13 French
5. Maroczy vs Lehner 1-041 1894 Budapest, HUNA02 Bird's Opening
6. Bird vs Maroczy 0-130 1895 HastingsC00 French Defense
7. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½38 1895 MatchB01 Scandinavian
8. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-123 1895 MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
9. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-030 1895 Budapest mA03 Bird's Opening
10. G Makovetz vs Maroczy 0-119 1895 BudapestC22 Center Game
11. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½39 1895 MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-027 1895 BudapestC60 Ruy Lopez
13. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-157 1895 Budapest mC51 Evans Gambit
14. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-120 1895 Budapest mC20 King's Pawn Game
15. Taraba vs Maroczy 0-136 1895 BudapestA13 English
16. Maroczy vs Charousek ½-½34 1895 MatchC47 Four Knights
17. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-021 1895 BudapestC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Maroczy vs Charousek ½-½42 1895 Budapest mA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
19. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½58 1895 Budapest mC50 Giuoco Piano
20. Owen vs Maroczy 0-141 1895 HastingsA04 Reti Opening
21. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-015 1895 MatchC13 French
22. Charousek vs Maroczy 0-116 1895 BudapestC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
23. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-040 1895 Budapest mB06 Robatsch
24. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½42 1895 MatchC13 French
25. Charousek vs Maroczy 0-154 1895 Budapest mC14 French, Classical
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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "The White position is still a little better, but that is not enough to win against Capablanca." >

--- Annotation by Maroczy

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Maroczy, one the greatest Hungarian masters that ever lived!
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  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker: <Gegenwärtig gibt es 2 Spieler, die den Anspruch erheben können, um die Ehre der Weltmeisterschaft zu kämpfen: der Deutsche Dr. Tarrasch und der Ungar Geza Maroczy.>

'(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', 1907, page 95.

Translation: Currently (i. e. 1907) there are 2 players who can lay claim to the honour of playing a match for the Worldchampionship: the German Dr. Tarrasch and the Hungarian Geza Maroczy.

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  Karpova: Maroczy won a small tournament in Budapest, 1899:

1. Maroczy 3.0 (+3 -1)

2. Gyozo R Exner 2.5

3. Miklos Brody 0.5

Source: Page 53 of the 1899 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

And on page 54 it is reported that Maroczy beat Exner in a match right after the tournament with +3 =3 -0.

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  Calli: <Karpova> It is "Wiener Schachzeitung" up to 1916. In 1923 publication resumed as "(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung". The link collection you are using Game Collection: Wiener Schachzeitung clearly states this.
Aug-12-12  SVarden: I have always wondered why Maroczy is not included in the list of names of the player search function. Although his career as a chess professional often took a back seat to his career as a government official, he was easily a top five player for a decade and was one of the first players to have a deep understanding of positional play. I guess his legacy has suffered due to the fact that he was not known for flashy scarifies or mating attacks. He relied more on careful preparation, the accumulation of small advantages, and great patience.
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  Karpova: Thanks <Calli>! I didn't know your collection and found the editions of the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' via Edward Winter's (in C.N. 7728 Olimpiu G. Urcan brought this to attention. The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek gives the title as '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', hence I followed their example).

<SVarden> actually, this has been brought to <>'s attention. One of the parameters for choosing who appears on the drop down list is the number of games in the database. So Varlam Vepkhvishvili gets on the list while Maroczy doesn't. Maroczy has been praised by Capablanca and I cited Dr. Lasker above who said in 1907 that only Dr. Tarrasch and Maroczy were worthy WC challengers. Apart from that, only political problems prevented a WC match in 1906 between him and Dr. Lasker.

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  Cemoblanca: Géza had really great hair. I would be happy with half as much. :D
Nov-19-12  The17thPawn: <Cemoblanca> - I would be happy with half of his chess ability. This guy could play with the best.
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  Cemoblanca: <The17thPawn: <Cemoblanca> - I would be happy with half of his chess ability. This guy could play with the best.>

LOL! Indeed! Géza was a giant! 1 of my fav players of all time & not only because of his nice hair! ;)


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  Abdel Irada: <Thanks <mysche>, I was just as♔. :D>

U♙ my word! If you're going to ♖ at the matter in that light, we may be here all ♘. I wonder what Nurse ♗ would say. She's always been the ♕ of critical commentary in such matters.

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  talisman: happy birthday Geza.
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  Karpova: Here are the links to <TheFocus>' posts on the negotiations for the Maroczy - Lasker world championship match 1906 and why they broke down:

WCC Editing Project chessforum

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  Karpova: Maroczy Simul Tour in America:

24.01: Brooklyn +19 -0 =3

04.02: University C.C. NY +5 -1 =0 (blindfold)

07.02: Empire C.C. NY +16 -0 =3

16.02: Kingston NY +13 -0 =0 (blindfold)

18.02: Montreal Westmount +13 -0 =2

20.02: Montreal Caroper +7 -1 =0

22.02: Montreal National +20 -0 =6

From page 150 of the May 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: Explaining his bad result at the Györ 1924 Master Tournament*:

<Man glaubte, man rechnete mit Sicherheit auf meinen Sieg und ich konnte es nicht über mein Herz bringen, meine Landsleute zu schlagen, ich begnügte mich damit, die ausländischen Vertreter möglichst zurückzuhalten und dadurch den ersten Preis und den Ruhm für Ungarn zu sichern.> (It was believed that I would win with certainty and I did not have the heart to beat my countrymen, so I made do with holding off the foreign representatives as possible, to secure 1st prize and honour for Hungary.)

Originally from Kagan's Sonderheft Nr. 9/10. The WSZ doubts that this is to be taken seriously, considering the strength of the Hungarian prize-winners.

The crosstable (p. 245 of the September 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung' shows that Maroczy beat Przepiorka (Poland, ended up 2nd, half a point behind Nagy), Walter (Max Walter from Czechoslovakia), Dr. Seitz (Germany), Exner and Gruber.

From page 288 of the October 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

* see Geza Nagy

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Geza Maroczy.
Mar-03-14  RedShield: If he was still alive, he'd be 144.
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  OhioChessFan: It's the thought that counts.
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  offramp: <Cemoblanca: Géza had really great hair. I would be happy with half as much. :D>

His hair is totally fantastic. His barber must have wept between appointments.

Apr-22-14  gezafan: Maroczy was one of the most underrated players in history.

According to Chessmetrics he was the number 1 rated player in the world for a time.

Everyone knows the Maroczy bind. It's one of his ideas that is still used today.

Maroczy was one of the great French players, right up there with Petrosian, Botvinnik and Korchnoi.

Maroczy was a great player, no question about it.

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  offramp: < gezafan: Maroczy was one of the most underrated players in history.

According to Chessmetrics he was the number one rated player... >

So he was rated number one and you think he was under-rated.

Should be have been given God status?

Dec-23-14  TheFocus: Why have no good books ever been written about this great player?
Dec-23-14  Petrosianic: The world is Hungary for one.
Feb-20-15  zanzibar: BCM v16 p440 (Nov 1896)

<Of the non prize-winners, Maroczy, who gained the second place at Nuremberg, but only the ninth at Buda Pesth, was the greatest disappointment. He does not look physically strong, and most likely the strain of two such hard fights following so closely was too much for him.>

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  waustad: I suppose by ones 145th birthday a person isn't remembered as much. I hope they'll make a todo for his 150th. He's probably the most important chess player born today. Timur Gareev and Lei Tingjie may have something to say about that in time.
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