144 ( +1 | -1 ) Sicilian (or KI) MAROCZY BINDHey 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 ...
147 ( +1 | -1 ) Squeeze...?... 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 14.Nxe6 Bxe6 15.0-0 Bxd5?! 16.cxd5 Nd7 17.a4 Rc8 18.a5 Ne5 19.f4 Nd7 20.Rxc8(! I really like this exchange, which leads to White's breaking into Black's position. At first sight, though, it looks completely motiveless!) 20...Qxc8 21.Rc1 Qb8 22.Qc2 Rd8 23.Qc7! Kf8! 24.g4!? Nf6 25.Bf3 Ne8 26.Qc4 Rd7 27.Bb6 e5?! This loses a pawn at once, though Black does gain a bit of freedom... 28.dxe6 e.p. fxe6 29.Qxe6 Re7 30.Qc4 Rf7 31.f5 Be5 32.Bd1 gxf5 33.exf5 d5 34.Qxd5 Bxh2+ 35.Kh1 Qg3 36.Bc5+ Nd6 37.Bb3 ... b At this point the game went to adjudication, but I was confident in the result: White wins by force, whatever Black plays. A sample conclusion runs - 37...Rf6 38.Qg8+ Ke7 39.Qg7+ Kd8 40.Bb6+ Ke8 41.Ba4+ Nb5 42.Rc8#. So: 1-0. Cheers, Ion
70 ( +1 | -1 ) Interesting line...... especially the second K-K game - a real battle!
But I wonder if they really "qualify" as Maroczy Bind games, despite the c4- e4- pawn setup. In the line played (I've forgotten what it's called) White never really establishes a bind as such - or if he does, Black breaks out of it very easily, on account of the advanced White knight.
The Maroczy Bind is usually associated with attempts by Black to play an Accelerated Dragon Defence without incurring the dreaded Porcupine Attack (Yugoslav Attack). But maybe I'm being too picky? Of course, when the thing arises out of an English Opening or King's Indian defence, Black has no such motive in mind.
34 ( +1 | -1 ) Cyrano is currently playing a game against Rodog that his white pieces (Cyrano) passed through a Maroczy Bind like pawn formation. The game is not a true Maroczy Bind but is Sicilian--looks like the Moscow Variation. Since the game is on going, I won't comment on it any further; but it should be very interesting.