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Geza Maroczy vs Leon Rosen
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 4, May-22
French Defense: Classical. Alapin Variation (C14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  KEG: Rosen survived a game in which Maroczy had chances to win.

Rosen misplayed the Black side of this French Defense. His 7...Nf8 was weak (7...Nb6 as Lilienthal played against Lasker in Moscow 1936 was much better). Maroczy's 8. c3 was far inferior to 8. Qg4, but Rosen immediately ruined his position with 8...Ng6 (8...a6 as recommended by Rosenthal in the Tournament Book was best) and 9...Qd8? (he should have played 9...h5).

After 9...Qd8? the position was as follows:

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Things looked pretty rosy for Maroczy here. But, having achieved something close to a strategically won game in the opening, Maroczy managed to ruin this fine position in just five moves:

10. g3

He should have played 10. h5 to chase Rosen's Knight and lock up the Black position.

12. Nc2:

12. h5 was still best play.


An inaccuracy by Rosen, who should have played 13...Ne7.

14. f4

Yet again, h5 was correct.

After 14. f4, here was what was left of Maroczy's formerly great position:

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A wasted opportunity for Maroczy, who now had to win the game all over again.

Rosen gave Maroczy further chances. His 19...Nf5 allowed Maroczy to bust up his pawn structure with 20. BxN. But Maroczy was unable to make any real impression on Rosen's weakened position (perhaps he should have traded Rooks immediately on move 23 instead of 23. b4).

After trading off two sets of Rooks and Queens, Maroczy agreed to a draw after move 39.

Under the governing rules at Paris 1900, Maroczy knew there would be a replay of this game against his overmatched opponent.

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