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Maroczy bind help?

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #21


    Expertise87 wrote:

    White can't force a Maroczy structure against the Najdorf as far as I know...

    If you're thinking of 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3, Black can avoid this with 3...Nf6 and White has no meaningful lines other than transposing with 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6.

    4.Bb5+ is well-enough met by 4...Nbd7 or more commonly 4...Bd7, and 4.dxc5 gives Black a choice between 4...Nxe4 and 4...Qa5+. I think the former is a much better try as 4...Qa5+ 5.Bd2 Qxc5 6.Nc3 is probably a bit more pleasant for White to play. 4...Nxe4 5.cxd6 Nc6 6.Bd3 Nxd6 must be equal, and 6.dxe7 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Bxe7 leaves White a pawn up but Black with a threat to the f-pawn that must be met by 8.Be3 O-O (now eyeing the d8-square for the Rook) which even looks uncomfortable for White to me.


    I was thinking mainly these lines:


    1. e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ (the Moscow) Bd7 4.Bxd7 Qxd7 5.c4


    1. e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4! (it's a legit variation) Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7.c4


    In both cases they are sidelines, but they do make sense. White makes a Maroczy without his lsB. In theory the lsB would be white's "bad" bishop but I'm not really sure how good it is to trade it off (mainly because you alleviate black's space problem). In any case these are playable lines that are discussed in Ftacnik's book. By the way I love this book and I got it after reading an old post of yours, so I need to thank you :)

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #22


    The moscow variation of the sicilian can (and should, imo) be similar to the Maroczy bind, but it's not the same. For starters white has reduced his pressure on the b5 square and will often need to prepare to meet a6 with a4 (Qd3 is an alternative, but has it's own problems). It seems odd but the horrible lsB in the maroczy bind is actually pretty useful in helping to keep black from preparing b5 or d5 and making an easy draw.

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