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Fricis Apsenieks vs Geza Maroczy
Folkestone Olympiad (1933), Folkstone ENG, rd 14, Jun-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  0-1



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Jul-20-18  Saniyat24: nice game by Maroczy, giving up his two Rooks, to corner the White King...!
Jul-20-18  Retireborn: <Saniyat24> It's a fine finish. These positions with decisive piece play where the pawns are symmetrical and equal hold a strong aesthetic appeal, and here everything works very smoothly after 20...Rb1!

With 9.Rc1 White is leaving the beaten track (9.a4 and 9.0-0 are more usually seen.) Looking for other examples I found this game:-

Swiderski vs Schlechter, 1904

where the white king gets cornered in an optically similar way.

Monte Carlo 1904 was a triumph for Maroczy where he narrowly pipped Schlechter to first place; I wonder if he conciously remembered the old game of his rival, whilst playing this one!

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  GrahamClayton: <Retireborn>
It's a fine finish. These positions with decisive piece play where the pawns are symmetrical and equal hold a strong aesthetic appeal, and here everything works very smoothly after 20...Rb1!

It is instructive how on the pawnless side of the board how the White Queen has so few available squares to move, due to the poor placement of the other White pieces.

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