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Posted by ccmcacollister


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Subject: Sicilian (or KI) MAROCZY BIND

I just had a couple Maroczy Binds today in blitz, and thought it would make a good subject for a forum thread~! Tho not as feared as it once was, it can still put the player who is not prepared, and willing to sac a "b" pawn, or pawn to "d5", appropriately ... it CAN become a real torture.

Everyone probably knows it can come from the Sicilian. Perhaps some won't know that very Maroczy postions can come from the King's Indian too, where BL is permitted to play cxd4. Sometimes those will even have Bg2 played, which can also be very hard to play against, and really locks up d5 ... tho it may invite counterplay from such as an ...f5 lever move sometimes.

Anyway, I would like to invite everyone to post their MAROCZY BIND, or similar type games here. Or those of other players of course. And any analysis or articles,
maybe even some games from Maroczy himself~! Hopefully. That would be very nice indeed. Or just any comments you have also, of course.

And was it Karpov or Kasparov that came up with the decent ....d5 sac line? I think it was actually Garry, in perhaps the very last game of one of their matches, where Black won ?

How bout some Maroczy's now!

Here is my blitz game just played tonight, that went to a standard Maroczy ...

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 d6
5. Be3 e6
6. c4 Nf6
7. Nc3 a6
8. Bd3 Be7
9. Rc1 Qc7
10. O-O O-O
11. f3 Nxd4
12. Bxd4 e5
13. Be3 b6
14. Qe2 Bb7
15. Qf2 Bc6
16. Nd5 Nxd5
17. cxd5
________RESIGNED, 1-0

Posted by tim_b


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I have to admit I don't really know precislely what a Maroczy Bind is, but this one might qualify, which was more of a squeeze than a crush:


Posted by ionadowman


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... More like a squash, or a crush. ;-)
Two very good Maroczy Binds (MBs), coming from Sicilians, both showing how tough it is for Black to escape the toils. Craig - you've missed out one source of MBs - the English Opening. Here's one from a Wellington area Interclub teams competition 1977 (in re of one of your other threads, there were, when I lived there, at least 6 chess clubs in the greater Wellington region, maybe as many as nine. The Interclub went for 8 rounds so there must have been others I didn't know about!

Wellington InterClub, 14 July 1977.
White: I.A.Dowman Black: C. Bokany; English Opening.

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 g6 4.d4 cxd4
5.Nxc4 Bg7 6.e4 d6 7.f3 ... The dear old Maroczy Bind by transposition. You'd be surprised how often my opponents allowed this!
7...0-0 8.Be3 Nbd7 9.Be2 a6 10.Qd2 Qc7
11.Rc1 Nc5 12.b4 Ne6 13.Nd5 Qd1