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Geza Maroczy vs Mikhail Chigorin
"Maroczy Music" (game of the day Feb-08-2005)
Vienna (1903), Vienna AUH, rd 3, May-05
King's Gambit: Accepted. MacDonnell Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0

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Feb-09-05
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  patzer2: While 18...Nf8? loses immediately, the relatively stronger 18...Rhd1!? still appears to allow White a decisive advantage after 19. c4!

One amusing possibility is 18...Rhd8!? 19.c4!(19.Bxd7?! Qxd5 20.Bxd8 Rxd8=) 19...Qc7 20.d6 Qb8 21.h4 h5 22.g4 hxg4 23.h5 Bxh5 24.Qh2 Bg6 25.Bxd7 Rxd7 26.Bf6+ Kxf6 27.Qe5#

Feb-09-05  aw1988: <pater2> Whilst I am at the moment not going to check your excellent variations, I must be curious for a moment: where on earth do you see 5...Nc3?
Feb-09-05
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  patzer2: <aw1988> Oops! Thanks for the catch. I meant 5...Nc6! and not 5...Nc3.
Feb-09-05  aw1988: Ah, that clears it up. I was thinking "BLACK now sacrifices a knight in the Muzio?".
Feb-10-05  schnarre: <aw1988> Wouldn't that be something, eh?
Feb-11-05  ikava: Thanks GreenDayGuy
Feb-16-05  schnarre: <panigma> Which Guiness commercials would those be?
Feb-16-05
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  tpstar: I love those Guinness commercials:

http://www.guinness1759society.com/...

Feb-16-05  schnarre: Thanks tpstar!
Dec-07-06  Chicago Chess Man: If black hadn't played 16 ... Kb7, would he still have been lost after BxN+? QxB, RxQ, KxR and black is ahead in material, right?
Mar-03-07  benba57: gambles (gambits) have given way to more precise computer-type chess. Things go in cycles-maybe they will return.

I am a bit puzzled by this comment. As I understand it, and I'm not very good with the Italian language, but, I believe the origin of the English term "gambit" is an Italian word for a tricky wrestling move, so I take issue with the popular association of gambits on the chess board with gambling. Any further thoughts???

Sep-12-10  sevenseaman: Maroczy's game has a river like charge to it, overflowing all obstacles. Chigorin's ..9. cxd5 is a poor move that marks the onset of all his later troubles. I am sure Maroczy left his tempting N on d5 hoping for the bait to be taken. It helped open the 'e' column and easier for white to keep e1 covered during his attack using this column.
May-28-11  metamorphysis: Was Maroczy's knight sacrifice on d5 sound ? I don't know, but I do know that it was this move which inspired me to think about positional sacrifices when I first chanced upon this game at 17 (he dares to play it against Chigorin, no less !).
Feb-16-12
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  Penguincw: The KGA also provides some exciting chess!
May-03-12  chessmaster102: why was 18.Qe2 played ?
May-04-12  Shams: <chessmaster102> Either 18.Qe2 or 18.Qf1 is forced to guard both of White's loose pieces.
Jun-07-12  vinidivici: After sacrificed 2 knights, would have been black still could hold a draw (at least) if both sides had played maximum (e.g all moves following the strong engine)?
Jun-08-12  vinidivici: anyone, please?
Jun-08-12  vinidivici: nobody answer?
Jun-08-12  vinidivici: walah walah
Nov-26-12  chrisfalter: kingscrusher gives a nice analysis on Youtube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aWM...

Mar-03-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Harmony and economy of motion for the Maroczy's pieces !
Dec-05-18  Whitehat1963: Perhaps the game is too well known and the position is not balanced enough, but I see a decent Wednesday puzzle after 21...f6.
Jan-19-19
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  Pyrandus: Maroczy was better than
Portisch?
Mar-03-19  Momentum Man: Nice game! I really enjoyed move 19.Bf6+!!

Capturing the bishop results in immediate checkmate, in a kind of diagonal epaulet pattern

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