Maroczy Theory (or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bind)

ericmittens
ericmittens
Sep 25, 2009, 6:30 PM |
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After 1.Nf3 c5 I almost always play 2.c4 and play enters Accelerated Dragon territory. Now, until just recently I didn't know much about Acc. Dragon theory and just thought, "OK, I get my maroczy bind and pressure black in an endgame." "Pawn Structure Chess" by Andy Soltis had a chapter dedicated to the bind which was pretty good, but that was basically the extent of my know-how. Anyway I didn't really feel comfortable with it OTB and was even contemplating playing 2.e4 entering a regular sicilian in order to get some more dynamic positions wherein I can push for a win more easily. However, after reading Peter Heine Neilson's chapter on the Acc. Dragon in "Experts vs. the Sicilian" tonight and going over the games I have found my true maroczy love...behold!