Maroczy vs Marco
[Event "Paris"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Maroczy"] [Black "Marco"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: 4.Ba4"] {20. MAROCZY (1870-1951) There was very little fantasy in the make-up of the Hungarian Grandmaster Maroczy, but he had a truly exceptional positional instinct, and inexhaustible patience. He was a precision player, who combined healty ambition with perfect technique. He collected small advantages and knew well how to turn them to account at the right moment. One could call his style "cumulative". He chose quiet openings, was an ingenious defender and a fine exponent of the endgame. His Queen endings in particular were models of endgame technique. In the matter of style Maroczy may be considered a disciple of Steinitz and a forerunner of Rubinstein} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. a4 Rb8 (8... Nxd4 { This move was not known when the game was played}) 9. axb5 axb5 10. dxe5 Be6 11. c3 Bc5 12. Nbd2 O-O 13. Bc2 Nxd2 14. Qxd2 Qd7 15. b4 Be7 { The Bishop can't be spared from the defence of the Kingside} (15... Bb6 16. Qd3 g6 17. Bg5 Bf5 18. Qd2 Bxc2 19. Bf6 $1 { White's attack would be rapidly decisive}) 16. Re1 f6 17. Qd3 g6 18. Bh6 Rfe8 19. Bb3 fxe5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. Rxe5 c6 22. Ree1 {White has obtained a slight but persistenet advantage in his potentially mobile Kingside majority, while Black's Queenside majority is more or less static} 22... Bf6 23. Be3 Bf5 24. Qd2 Ra8 25. h3 Rxa1 26. Rxa1 Qe6 27. Bd4 Bxd4 28. Qxd4 Qe5 29. Qc5 {The exchang e of Queens promises nothing so long as Black can control the e-file with his Rook} 29... Qe6 30. Rd1 $5 (30. Ra6 Qe1+ 31. Kh2 Qe5+ 32. g3 Bd7 33. Rxc6 $1 Bxc6 34. Qxc6 {promising}) 30... Kg7 31. Ra1 Re7 32. Qd4+ Qf6 33. Ra7 Rxa7 34. Qxa7+ Qf7 {Natural but bad. Black should have kept Queens on the board, as now he gets a losing ending} 35. Qxf7+ Kxf7 {White's advant age is twofold: he has the good Bishop and an active pawn majority on the Kingside Black's corresponding majority on the Queenside is of far less value, as the pawns are practically blocked} 36. g4 Be4 37. f4 Ke6 38. Kf2 Kd6 39. Ke3 c5 { Otherwise White plays Kd4, fixing the Black majority once for all} (39... -- 40. Kd4) 40. Bd1 Bb1 41. Be2 d4+ (41... Kc6 42. Bd3 Ba2 43. bxc5 $18) 42. cxd4 cxb4 43. Bxb5 b3 44. Bd3 Ba2 (44... Bxd3 45. Kxd3 b2 46. Kc2 Kd5 47. f5 $1 $18) 45. Bc4 h5 46. f5 gxf5 47. g5 $1 1-0
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OpeningC70 — Spanish: 4.Ba4