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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-16-05  schnarre: <panigma> Which Guiness commercials would those be?
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  tpstar: I love those Guinness commercials:

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 !).
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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
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  chrisfalter: kingscrusher gives a nice analysis on Youtube here:

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  Pyrandus: Maroczy was better than
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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  GrahamClayton: Is the title a pun on the English rock group Roxy Music?
Jul-09-23  generror: Not overly impressed with this one, to be honest, but then I'm not a big fan of this crazy all-out attacking chess. Gambiting a pawn in the opening for a development lead is fine, but gambiting a piece is just plain stupid. Call me a sissy but I do prefer a solid opening with a pawn structure that deserves its name. It may be boring, but I just prefer the resulting position.

To me, this game starts with a badly played opening by both sides, and then Maroczy got lucky that Chigorin played two very bad moves, first throwing away his advantage with <14...Kf8?> and then blundering the game with <18...Nf8??>. Definitively not his day. (I'm not saying I'd do better, but then nobody hails me as one of the greatest players of all times :)

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  perfidious: <generror>, all games in this event were mandated to begin 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4; actually Chigorin, a great exponent of the King's Gambit, performed better with Black in Vienna, scoring 6.5 in eight games played to 5.5/9 as White.
Jul-10-23  generror: I know it was a gambit event (although I read that the Evans Gambit was allowed too). I'm not against the King's Gambit per se, you can play it in a relatively solid way, it's just that the way it's played here just annoys the hell out of my little autistic brain -- that's why I'll never really be any good at this game, I just suck at tactics :)
Jul-11-23  sneaky pete: The 1903 Vienna gambit tournament was KGA only and sissies were not welcome.
Jul-14-23  generror: Were there several Vienna gambit tournaments around that time?

"Sissies were not welcome" -- you mean they wouldn't have invited me? Tsk, tsk. Like some other user once said, I would beat Morphy because I got the Theoretical Edge! I have read modern books, you know!

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