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Henry Bird vs Geza Maroczy
Casual game (1895), Hastings ENG, Jul-05
French Defense: Knight Variation (C00)  ·  0-1



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Aug-19-04  Knezh: Brilliant play by young Maroczy.
Now i was wondering if white could throw a knight on move 14, instead of 14. Qb1 which looks dubious. 14. Ng5 fxg (what else) 15. Qh5 g6 16. Bxg6 hxg 17. Qxg6+ Kh8 18. hxg# is one possible line. In the game, by move 18 white position is already apart.
Mar-12-08  Knight13: French Defense gets what it's supposed to do: crush white's center.
Mar-12-08  mistreaver: I think h4 and Qb1 are too optimistic moves. Think white should have first consolidate his king position
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  keypusher: Maroczy didn't play at Hastings. Resignation Trap, Calli, tamar, sneaky pete, etc.: can any of you tell me about this game?
Mar-12-08  Calli: <Maroczy didn't play at Hastings>

He won the minor tournament. This maybe an offhand game, but I am not sure.

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  keypusher: <Calli> Thanks. The minor tournament must have been a blowout, because Maroczy was good enough to finish in second place against pretty much the whole Hastings field at Nuremberg a year later.
Mar-12-08  Calli: He could have been in the main event, but organizers wanted national representation Vergani(Italy) and another homeboy (Tinsley).

The minor tourney was not a blowout for Maroczy. There were four sections of 8 with the winners playing a round robin. The section winners were Henry Ernest Atkins , Rudolf Johannes Loman , Maroczy and Wilhelm Cohn

All EXCEPT Maroczy won their sections outright. He had to win a playoff game against none other than John Owen . If the name sounds familiar, Morphy defeated him in an odds match 37 years before, Owen vs Morphy, 1858 It may say something of Morphy's opponent strength that Owen drew Maroczy in section play. The two then had a hard fought playoff game Owen vs Maroczy, 1895 Maroczy took the "winners" round with 2.5 out of 3, defeating Loman and Cohn and drawing with Atkins.

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  keypusher: <Calli> Wow, if you had asked me I would have said that surely Owen wasn't even among the living in 1895. Atkins became quite a player, I know -- he was probably stronger than Tinsley even then, but I suppose he hadn't established himself at all. Probably even Owen would have done better in the main tournament than poor Vergani.
Mar-13-08  Calli: <keypusher> Maroczy gives this game in HUNDERT SCHACHPARTIEN. Played 5 July 1895 - about a month before the tournament. He annotates 3...Bd3 "Der Meister spielt mit dem Kandidat exotisch und das war gerade der Fehler.."
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  keypusher: <Calli> You, sir, are the man. Thank you.

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