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Geza Maroczy vs Rudolf Spielmann
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 14, Jun-05
Queen Pawn Game: Sarratt Attack (D00)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-12  paladin at large: Steady exploitation of the open file.
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  GrahamClayton: Is 27...♕c7 playable?. A sacrifice on c6 by Maroczy looks threatening, but I couldn't find a forcing line.
Jan-19-12  rannewman: I think 28. Ra5 a6 29. R:a6 is the reason.
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  keypusher: <rannewman: I think 28. Ra5 a6 29. R:a6 is the reason.>

Yes, 29....bxa6 30.Nxc6+ Kb7 31.Na5+.

29.Nxc6+ bxc6 30.Rxc6 is also crushing, e.g. 30....Qb7 31.Rcxa6.

Jul-14-12  harish22: This game goes down as either a great position masterpiece or a horrendous positional blunder. When spielmann allowed doubling his pawn, he may assumed that the open d-file and pawn phalanx on the king-side would win.

He opens the position with 15 .. e5 and Marcozy replies with 16 Qb3. The double attack, on b7 and denying of castling, forces Spielman to play 0-0-0 to protect the b-pawn. This may have been a part of black's plan as now the queen-rook comes on the open d-file.

The on the 18th move, there come some surprising moves. White plays 18. 0-0. Castling into the storm. White calculates that despite being behind, his attack on queen side will be faster. Very great indeed. None of the white's peices are on the queen-side and even his d5 breakthrough is prevented by c6. Great positional judgement.

spielmann's next move appears to be a mistake. 18 .. Rde8. With the king castled, he must have opined that the rook is meaningless on d8-file and starts to protect e4. But 18 .. Nf6 was better. The move guards e4 and d5 and supports g5, g4 advance. Black think's he has time. But does not.

Starting with move 19 to 28 Black is made to make a series of forced moves which cost material with no progress.

White then waits for black to commit his pawns and liquidates to a winning endgame.

Faulty strategy starting with 10 .. Be4.

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