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Geza Maroczy
Number of games in database: 897
Years covered: 1893 to 1947

Overall record: +379 -144 =355 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 19 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C66 C87 C67 C68 C80
 Four Knights (59) 
    C49 C48 C47
 French Defense (53) 
    C01 C11 C02 C14 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    D02 D05 A46 D04 D00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C87 C84 C91 C97 C96
 French (21) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (102) 
    C01 C14 C11 C13 C00
 Orthodox Defense (64) 
    D63 D55 D60 D67 D50
 French (46) 
    C11 C13 C00 C12 C10
 Sicilian (41) 
    B40 B43 B22 B45 B83
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    D02 D00 D05 D04 A46
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C77 C84 C82 C62 C80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 1-0
   Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905 1-0
   L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 0-1
   Maroczy vs Vidmar, 1922 1-0
   K Zambelly vs Maroczy, 1897 0-1
   Maroczy vs Euwe, 1923 1-0
   G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 0-1
   Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 0-1
   Maroczy vs Marshall, 1907 1-0
   Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kolisch Memorial 1899/00 (1899)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Vienna (1904/05) (1904)
   Vienna (1908)
   Ostend (1905)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Munich (1900)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   London (1899)
   Paris (1900)
   Scheveningen (1923)
   Vienna (1898)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Legend Maroczy by Gottschalk
   Maroczy by Petrovscousin
   Maroczy (the later years) by Petrovscousin
   The Two Chess Careers of Geza Maroczy by Resignation Trap
   M&M players... it's a mixed bag of FTB flavors by fredthebear
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1898 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Noteworthy Games by BAJones
   Noteworthy Games by Southernrun
   London 1899 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   London 1899 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147

   Alekhine vs Yates, 1922
   H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922
   J S Morrison vs Capablanca, 1922
   V L Wahltuch vs Capablanca, 1922
   Capablanca vs D Marotti, 1922

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(born Mar-03-1870, died May-29-1951, 81 years old) Hungary
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Géza Maróczy was born on March 3, 1870, at Szegedin, Hungary, and was educated at the Polytechnic School of Zurich, where he became librarian of the Hungarian Society and where he first learned chess. Later he was appointed to a government position at Budapest and became a civil engineer.(1)

Tournaments between 1894 and 1911

He won the Final Section of the 7th British Amateur Championship at Hastings, 1895. He reached 2nd place behind World Champion Dr. Emanuel Lasker at Nuremberg (1896) and again (shared) at London (1899). Maroczy won Vienna (1909) ahead of Carl Schlechter (2). He came in shared 3rd at Paris (1900) behind Dr. Lasker and Harry Nelson Pillsbury and tied for 1st at Munich (1900) but withdrew from the tie-breaks. He reached 1st place at Monte Carlo (1902) following up with a 2nd place behind Siegbert Tarrasch at Monte Carlo (1903) and again a win at Monte Carlo (1904). Maroczy also won Ostend (1905) and tied for 1st at Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905). Maroczy came in 2nd behind Akiba Rubinstein at Karlsbad (1907) and tied for 1st at Vienna (1908).

Tournaments between 1920 and 1936

Maroczy tied for 2nd behind Richard Reti at Amsterdam (1920). At Karlsbad (1923) he tied for 1st with Alexander Alekhine and Efim Bogoljubov. He came in 2nd at Scarborough (1930) and tied for 3rd at Dresden (1936). He won the 1926-27 Manhattan Chess Club championship.

World Championship Match Negotiations

In 1906 he agreed to terms for a World Championship match with Dr. Lasker, but there were political problems in Cuba, where the match was to be played. Furthermore, Maroczy failed to make the $500 deposit by the deadline and the negotiations ended.


Maróczy's chess career spanned from 1895 to 1911 and 1920 to 1936 with the break in between to allow for more time to be devoted to his profession as a mathematics teacher.

He served as a teacher for Dr. Max Euwe and Vera Menchik. FIDE awarded Maroczy the grandmaster title in 1950, the year of FIDE's official inception of that title, making him one of twenty-seven grandmasters at the time.

Today the Maroczy Bind (pawns on c4 and e4 against the Sicilian) carries his name.

notes: Geza occasionally played consultation chess on the teams of Geza Maroczy / Jackson Showalter, Em. Lasker / Maroczy, Geza Maroczy / Robert Rollans, Geza Maroczy / Abonyi / Sterk and Hoffer / Maroczy.

(1) Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1902.03.12, p3

Wikipedia article: Géza Maróczy

Last updated: 2022-04-04 21:41:00

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 898  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Charousek vs Maroczy ½-½401893Pesti Hirlap corrC13 French
2. Maroczy vs G Kanyurszky 1-0281893corrC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Maroczy vs G Mayer  1-0431893HUN-ch01 corr9397C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0221893Casual gameB01 Scandinavian
5. Maroczy vs V Lehner 1-0411894BudapestA02 Bird's Opening
6. Maroczy vs G Exner 1-0241894BudapestC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Taraba vs Maroczy 0-1361895BudapestA13 English
8. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-1201895Budapest C20 King's Pawn Game
9. Maroczy vs G Makovetz 1-0321895BudapestC66 Ruy Lopez
10. G Makovetz vs Maroczy 0-1191895BudapestC22 Center Game
11. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-01918951st Match Charousek MaroczyC44 King's Pawn Game
12. Maroczy vs Charousek 0-12318951st Match Charousek MaroczyC60 Ruy Lopez
13. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-04118951st Match Charousek MaroczyC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Bird vs Maroczy 0-1301895Casual gameC00 French Defense
15. Maroczy vs H E Atkins  ½-½201895Hastings Amateur FinalC49 Four Knights
16. Maroczy vs R Loman  1-0451895Hastings IIC11 French
17. Maroczy vs W C Palmer  1-02518957th British Amateur-ChB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Owen vs Maroczy 0-14118957th British Amateur-ChA04 Reti Opening
19. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0211895Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
20. Maroczy vs Charousek  1-0531895Casual gameC60 Ruy Lopez
21. Charousek vs Maroczy 0-1161895Casual gameC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. Maroczy vs Charousek  1-0201895Casual gameA03 Bird's Opening
23. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-0271895Charousek - MaroczyC60 Ruy Lopez
24. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0151895Charousek - MaroczyC13 French
25. Maroczy vs Charousek 1-0341895Charousek - MaroczyD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 898  PGN Download
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Sep-20-17  RookFile: Gee, I'm a school teacher but I want to be allowed to run off and play in chess tournaments whenever I want. Too bad we all can't get an arrangement like that.
Mar-13-18  zanzibar: An interesting consult game, which played out a little longer than perhaps it should have (till 3AM):

A great photograph of Maroczy and various Manhattan CC members is included.

Mar-13-18  zanzibar: <A week's engagement booked by the Bulletin for Geza Maroczy at the Mechanics Institute chess rooms in SanFrancisco, for the week of April 30 to May 5, had, as a matter of course, to be canceled, and the Hungarian champion found time instead to go to New Orleans.>

ACB v3 N5 (May 1906) p82

Explaining how Maroczy ended up in New Orleans instead of San Francisco during his American tour.

Jan-19-19  Pyrandus: Maroczy was better than Portisch?
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  gezafan: <TheFocus: I believe that the chess world deserves to see a good biography and game collection done on Geza Maroczy, exploring his games and career.>

I agree. Maroczy was a very underrated player. Had he ever been able to play a match with Lasker he would have given him a tough time.

The Maroczy bind was named after him, a formation which is still frequently used today. Maroczy was also an expert in the French defense.

Mar-03-19  Pyrandus: The Great Hungarian Champion.
Mar-03-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: Géza Maróczy, one of the great experts in the history of the French defense and queen's endings like the all-time greats Mikhail M. Botwinnik and Viktor L. Kortchnoi, played a very interesting and complicated correspondence chess game against V. L. Kortchnoi from the white side of the French Winawer Poison Pawn variation from 1985 to 1993. Unfortunately, at the end he lost a drawn position in a rook and pawns ending.
Mar-03-19  Momentum Man: I lost a blitz game with the Black pieces. My friend used the Maroczy bind to crush me like a bug.

It was unpleasant.

Mar-04-19  pazzed paun: Maroczy was dead before Korchnoi became a grandmaster
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  Stonehenge: Maroczy / Rollans vs Korchnoi, 1985

nonsense of course, but amusing nonsense.

Mar-05-19  Momentum Man: "I agree. Maroczy was a very underrated player. "

Haha, Mr. "gezafan"!

I think you must be biased, as your user name indicates.

But of course, not too biased, since Mr. Maroczy is for sure underrated!

Notes by Alekhine in his book confirm that the 4th (official) World Champion had great respect for G.M.

Mar-06-19  JimNorCal: Ed Lasker, in his memoir Chess Secrets, says that Maroczy was considered World Champion material. So this seems to be a common opinion. I don't recall EL saying that about Sammy Reshevsky, for example.
Mar-06-19  Robed.Bishop: <Momentum Man> Here's a decent video on the Maroczy Bind by Seirawan: .

At least I thought it was decent...

Mar-06-19  Momentum Man: Thanks, Mr. Bishop! I will take a look at it when I am not at work (please don't tell my manager I am reading chessgames now 8)
May-20-19  hemy: Picture of Geza Maroczy, Ostende, 1905.

from the "Das Interessante Blatt",August 3, 1905, p. 9. The article about the tournament is on page 11.

Small adjustments to the picture were made by me.

Jun-20-19  Grad: He is real Bobby Fischer.
Mar-03-20  Grad: After all he became Bobby.
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  offramp: His name is an anagram of <CRAZY MO>. In fact I'll bet that was his nickname during his wonder years.

<Lasker>: Who have you got in the first round?

<Réti>: I've drawn that weirdo, "Crazy Mo"!

<Lasker>: Oh, bad luck LOL!

Nov-02-20  Retireborn: <offramp> We are not amused.
Nov-02-20  areknames: "Dreaded Moroczy Bind"

The above song by NZ outfit Dragon is afaik the only pop song named after a specific opening variation, misspelling of Maroczy notwithstanding. At the time Dragon's keyboardist and main songwriter was the late Paul Hewitt who was a strong amateur. The song is kind of 'meh' and its lyrics have little or nothing to do with chess but I still find the title remarkable. Dragon were massive in Australia in the 70's and 80's.

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  offramp: <areknames> as you say, the misspelling is a bit baffling. I know that music artists are becoming hyper-vigilant about plagiarism; is it possible they were simply being cautious?
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  MissScarlett: Crazy Mo-Fo: L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902
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  gezafan: According to Chessmetrics Maroczy was the #1 player in the world for 30 months between 1905 and 1908.

A very underrated player.

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  Diademas: Not trying to take anything away from Maroczy, but his stint at the top happened from 1904 to 1907. Lasker hardly played during this period, something ChessMetrics punishes him hard for. When he resumed playing he immediately leapfrogged Maroczy.
Jan-13-22  Z truth 000000001: <Diademas> EDOchess has this (1900-1930) for the top-10:


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