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Mir Sultan Khan vs Geza Maroczy
London (1932), London ENG, rd 11, Feb-12
Colle System (D05)  ·  0-1



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Apr-27-05  Whitehat1963: A fascinating endgame fight, but it looked to me as though white was lost from the opening onward. Never resign indeed. Sultan Khan almost pulls off a spectacular draw. Besides the opening, where could he have improved his play?
Nov-06-06  Resignation Trap: Maroczy received five pounds for this win as a "best recovery" prize.

According to Alekhine in the tournament book, Sultan Khan missed a clear win with 13.Nb3! dxe3 14.Nxc5 exf2+ 15.Kf1 Qxc5 16.Ba3 Qb6 17.Rc1 Rc8 18.Bc5, etc.

Alekhine also criticized 31.Kd2? (31.Kd4=) and 39.Rc1? (39.Nxd3 was "absolutely necessary").

Mar-26-14  jerseybob: If we accept Alekhine's word that 13.Nb3 wins, then where did black go wrong? Sultan Khan's way of playing the Colle, with moves like Bb5 and eventually c4, is more aggressive than the usual Bd3 and c3, but Black doesn't seem to notice the difference. So instead of 6..Qb6?, which forces white to play the strong 7.c4! I recommend 6..Bd7, which protects c6 just as the queen move did and also breaks the pin. Then, if 7.Nd7, Nd7 and black looks perfectly safe to me.

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