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Geza Maroczy vs Savielly Tartakower
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 18, Apr-15
French Defense: Advance Variation. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Position after <20...Qd8>

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Looks like a nice quiet position. White's c-pawn is attacked, so he needs to do somehing about that. Maroczy chooses to advance it with <21.c4>--and just like that, Black is in trouble!

A couple of the threats include 22.cxd5 blowing open the center and 22.c5 driving the knight from its defense of the b-pawn. If 21...dxc4 22.Nxc4 threatens to dislodge the knight on d6, and if then 22...Nxc4 23.Bxc4 attacks pawns on b7 and e8.

I'm sure Tartkower gave it a good deal of thought before deciding <21..Nxf7> was the least of evils. Not that it helped much, as Maroczy rolled him up effortlessly in another fifteen moves.

In essence, just another sad story about an uncastled king--but it's amazing how the decisive threats seem to come out of nowhere.

Feb-21-18  schnarre: ...Some good points <Phony Benoni>

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