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Geza Maroczy vs Hugo Suechting
"Things That Make Hugo Hmmmm" (game of the day Apr-29-2008)
Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905), Barmen GER, rd 2, Aug-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: <keypusher> Thanks for the nod toward this game. A great positional crush by Maroczy and very Nimzowitschian throughout.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: A forerunner to the famous game Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 Capablanca had great respect for Maroczy's positional judgement.
Sep-14-07  syracrophy: "I can't believe Such Thing!"
Apr-29-08  RandomVisitor: After 17...Ne4:

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Better might be 18.Nxe4 fxe4 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Qa7 and white might be winning.

Apr-29-08  RandomVisitor: 15...h6 =.
Apr-29-08  DeltaHawk: best pawn movement I have ever witnessed
Apr-29-08  charliechaffka: Only way to avoid perpetual check is by
48: ..Qh3+ 49.Qg3 Qf1+ 50.Qf2 Qh3+ 51. Ke2! Qh5+ 52. Kd2. Otherwise all has been for nothing.
Apr-29-08  mate2900s: this game looks an awful lot like a capa game where he used the same strategy
Apr-29-08  homersheineken: Great pawn work and an even better pun!! I love it!!! I was cracking up with this one.
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  whiteshark: It started as a QGD, but ended as a Stonewall, sort of. Opening of the Day, by the way. Stoneway, Steinway, you know...@#$%
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  kevin86: The condemned man ate a hearty meal-in this case about five pounds of cheese.

White's pawns were his strength;they strangled the opposition to submission. Black's pawns,are his weakness. They were weak and used all of black's limited mobility to defend them.

There were two teachers in this lesson on pawns. Geza Maroczy taught us how to make a taut position by blocking the game with pawns. Nimzo also played a tight game and his notes here explained the delicate surgery that Maroczy did to poor Mr. Suechting. The game almot looked like two vs one.

Apr-29-08  zb2cr: <charliechaffka>,

You wrote: "Only way to avoid perpetual check is by 48. ... Qh3+; 49. Qg3 ...".

I'm not following you. After 48. ... Qh3+, 49. Kf2 where's the perpetual? The White Queen covers the only checking squares at h2 and h4. What have I missed?

Jul-24-08  arsen387: a true masterpiece. 36.e6! is the star move I think. If 36..Bxe6 then 37.h6 (threatening mate on g7) Qd7 (the only defense) then after 38.Qe5! black could resign with a clear conscience. If 36..Nxe6 then 37.Nxb7 Rxb7 38.Ba6 wins the exchange and it's very hard to do smth. with b6 pawn. and 36..Qxe6 also wins nicely, as Maroczy shows in the game. A real gem by Maroczy!
Nov-05-08  freeman8201: Why is Aron Nimzovich always leaving notes on games?
Sep-04-09  WhiteRook48: he loves to annotate
Jul-05-11  Knightrider655321: freeman learn to spell son
Apr-08-12  bystander: <freeman8201: Why is Aron Nimzovich always leaving notes on games??> The notes about this game are from his book "My system".
Apr-09-12  bystander: Nice game full of funny tactics. Some remarks on 13) c5. Why not 13)g4, fg4x 14) ♗g4x. And black can choose between 14)..dc4x, 15)♗e6x+ ♔h8 16) ♗c4x or continue with 14)..♘g4x 15) ♕g4x, ♖f5, 16) cd5x, cd5x, 16) ♗e7x ♕e7x 17) ♘d5x. He is down a pawn in both lines. After 13) c5? black can in my opinion get a more or less equal position. 13) c5, h6 14) ♗f6x, ♘f6x 15) g4, ♘d7 16)♘d7x ♗d7x 17) g5 b6.
Apr-10-12  bystander: After move 9, a stonewall-like position has been achieved. In comparble positions, black often plays Qe8. Maybe 11)...Qe8 in this position is better than 11...Ld7? Black unpinns the queen and after x)... Bd6 the queen covers both h5 and e6, and blacks bishop attacks e5.
Apr-10-12  bystander: <Apr-29-08 RandomVisitor: 15...h6 => I fully agree on this one. In my opinion black could equal the game more or less with h6 FIVE times. On move 8, 13, 14, 15 and 17.
Apr-10-12  bystander: <Apr-29-08 RandomVisitor: After 17...Ne4: Better might be 18.Nxe4 fxe4 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Qa7 and white might be winning> After this line white has only a small advantage. But what about 19).. Qa5! instead of 19 Be7x? (thank you computer). If black exchanges bishops (Be7xg5, h4xg5) Nh5 has no way to go. And if black exchanges the queens, Be7 is en prise. The best defence I can spot for black will be something like: 18) ♘e4, fe4x, 19) ♕a5, ♕a5x 20) ba5x ♗f6 21) 0-0, h6 22) ♗f6x gf6x 23) ♘g4 ♔h7 24) ♖b1 with advantage for white. Any thoughts on this line?
Apr-10-12  bystander: On move 19, maybe black can halt white's attack with a sacrifice of a pawn? 19)..fg4x 20) ♗g4x, ♗f6 21) ♗e6x+ ♔h8 Black is one pawn down. For me it is difficult to judge, whether black can get a draw out of this position.
Mar-07-13  Garech: A Strategical gem from Maroczy, and hugely enjoyable annotations from the ever-amusing Nimzowitsch!


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  Ron: Stockfish 7 agrees with <Randomvisitor> on White's 18th move. Instead of 18. g4, which is nevertheless a good move, Stockfish 7 gives 18. Nxe4. Play could go: 18. ... fxe4 19. Bxe7 Qxe7 20. Qa7 Nf6 21. O‑O Qc7 22. b5 cxb5 23. Rb1 Nd7 24. Rxb5 Nxe5 25. Rxb7 Nc6 26. Rxc7 Nxa7 27. Rxa7
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  Jonathan Sarfati: A good example of learning from one's defeats. In the game Janowski vs Maroczy, 1896 Mar√≥czy was on the Black side of a similar P structure, but that game was decided on the K-side instead. He resigned with almost all pieces on the board because Janowski had rendered him helpless against a slow N maneuvre.
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