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Geza Maroczy
Number of games in database: 864
Years covered: 1893 to 1947

Overall record: +364 -139 =346 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 15 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (87) 
    C87 C66 C67 C84 C78
 Four Knights (56) 
    C49 C48 C47
 French Defense (52) 
    C01 C11 C02 C14 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    D02 D05 A46 D04 D00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C87 C84 C97 C91 C96
 French (20) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (101) 
    C01 C14 C11 C13 C00
 Orthodox Defense (63) 
    D63 D60 D55 D67 D50
 French (46) 
    C11 C13 C00 C12 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    D02 D00 D05 D04 A45
 Sicilian (37) 
    B40 B43 B22 B45 B83
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C77 C84 C82 C62 C80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 1-0
   L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 0-1
   Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905 1-0
   K Zambelly vs Maroczy, 1897 0-1
   Maroczy vs Vidmar, 1922 1-0
   Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 1/2-1/2
   Maroczy vs Marshall, 1907 1-0
   G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 0-1
   W A T Schelfhout vs Maroczy, 1920 0-1
   Maroczy vs J H Blake, 1924 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna (1904/05) (1904)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Vienna (1908)
   Ostend (1905)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Munich (1900)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Paris (1900)
   London (1899)
   Prague (1908)
   New York (1924)
   Vienna (1898)

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

   Alekhine vs Yates, 1922
   H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922
   V L Wahltuch vs Capablanca, 1922
   J S Morrison vs Capablanca, 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 awarded Maroczy the grandmaster title in 1950, the year of FIDE's official inception of that title, making him one of twenty-seven grandmasters at the time.

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 35; games 1-25 of 867  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0221893casual gameB01 Scandinavian
2. Maroczy vs G Kanyurszky 1-0281893corrC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Maroczy vs G V R Exner 1-0241894BudapestC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Maroczy vs Lehner 1-0411894Budapest, HUNA02 Bird's Opening
5. Charousek vs Maroczy  ½-½401894BudapestC13 French
6. Maroczy vs G Makovetz 1-0321895BudapestC66 Ruy Lopez
7. G Makovetz vs Maroczy 0-1191895BudapestC22 Center Game
8. Taraba vs Maroczy 0-1361895BudapestA13 English
9. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0211895BudapestC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-1201895Budapest MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
11. Charousek vs Maroczy 0-1161895BudapestC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-1231895MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
13. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-0191895MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0411895Budapest MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
15. Bird vs Maroczy 0-1301895Casual gameC00 French Defense
16. Maroczy vs Loman  1-0451895Hastings IIC11 French
17. Owen vs Maroczy 0-14118957th British Amateur-ChA04 Reti Opening
18. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-0271895BudapestC60 Ruy Lopez
19. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0151895MatchC13 French
20. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-0341895Budapest MatchD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
21. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½381895MatchB01 Scandinavian
22. Maroczy vs Charousek ½-½341895MatchC47 Four Knights
23. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½421895MatchC13 French
24. Maroczy vs Charousek ½-½421895Budapest MatchA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
25. Charousek vs Maroczy 0-1541895Budapest MatchC14 French, Classical
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Aug-12-12  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.
Aug-13-12  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.

Nov-19-12  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.
Nov-19-12  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! ;)


Mar-03-13  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.

Mar-03-13  talisman: happy birthday Geza.
Sep-24-13  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

WCC Editing Project chessforum

WCC Editing Project chessforum

WCC Editing Project chessforum

WCC Editing Project chessforum

WCC Editing Project chessforum

Oct-12-13  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'

Nov-07-13  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.
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  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.>

Mar-03-15  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.
May-06-15  scheidt: I don't understand the idea that Maroczy lacked boldness or imagination. I've gone over many of his games. It may be true he lost a bit of spirit when his match with the WC Lasker fell through, a typical reaction. This may of affected his play some. Yet there is fire in his playing until the end.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <The World has gone downhill since I was young. When I look around me nowadays, I am glad that I myself am going downhill> - Geza Maroczy (1947).
Jul-13-15  attica: <Karpova: (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.> The whole article is available online at and the following pages. The article is in German, but according to a footnore, it appears to be a translation from English from Laskers [or Lasker's] Chess Magazine, 1906, but I cannot find the English original online.
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