A Maroczy unbound

by Oliver Reeh
11/1/2019 – In the diagram position the central pawns c4 and e4 guarantee White a typical space plus. But if he wants to play for an advantage, 12.b3 is not the way to go. Why?

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"The Maróczy Bind"

A well-known pawn formation in chess, the Maróczy Bind, named after the Hungarian grandmaster Géza Maróczy, is primarily played against the Sicilian Defence. "It is characterized by white pawns on c4 and e4 with White's d-pawn having been exchanged for Black's c-pawn. White's c- and e-pawns control the d5-square, making it difficult for Black to free his position with ...d5." (I can't improve on Wikipedia!)

 

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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