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Geza Maroczy vs Emanuel Lasker
London (1899), London ENG, rd 18, Jun-23
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Sep-27-04  DanielBryant: Perhaps Maroczy should have played more vigorously in the IQP position?
Sep-27-04  notsodeepthought: Probably a good idea - but an even better one would have been to avoid playing 19 Be4, which soon led to 21 ... Nb3 winning the exchange (22 Rad1 Nd2). At that point the only "vigorous" action white could undertake was shaking hands.
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  keypusher: From Hoffer's tournament book, re 19. Be4: <Losing the exchange in consequence. Maroczy said he made the move advisedly, hoping for a draw.>

Supposedly the move Maroczy overlooked was 25....Rd5. Hoffer: <[Maroczy] intended Bc5 followed by Bd6, and then to play for the b-pawn. Lasker prevented this maneuver with the text move, and the game is over.>

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  KEG: notsodeep thought and keypusher have said it all. This game was lost by Maroczy on a miscalculation/blunder: 19. Be4. Maroczy had a playable albeit slightly inferior position before 19. Be4 and he was hopelessly lost after that mistake.

Marozcy's play before his 19th move did indeed lack vigor. He wilted in the face of Lasker's advance of his a and b pawns. 9. Be2 was inferior to the Tournament Book's proposed 9. Bd3 and also to Fritz's 9.Ba2. His 12. Bb2 was not best (12. Qd3 or 12. Be3 would have been better), and his 14. Ne4 left him with much the inferior game (14. Qd2 was best). But after Lasker's 18...h6, Maroczy's position was still quite playable:

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Maroczy did have an isolated d pawn, but with 19. Rfd1 there was every prospect of holding the game.

This loss by Maroczy, coupled with Janowski's loss to Mason and Pillsbury's loss to Blackburne in the same round--all on one-move blunders--gave Lasker a lead of 2.5 points over Janwoski and 3 points over everyone else in the tournament. There were still 12 rounds to go, but here is where Lasker pretty much iced the tournament.

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  ChessHigherCat: Maroczy bound
White is inescapably "forked" after 21...Nb3. If R(a)d1, then Ne2 forks the queen and rook on f1.
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