GM Maroczy Geza

Full name
Maroczy Geza
Life
Mar 3, 1870 - May 29, 1951 (age 81)
Place of birth
Szeged, Hungary
Federation
Hungary

A defensive genius, Géza Maróczy was the top player in his day. Winning tournament after tournament, Maróczy used this revolutionary style to shut down the leading attacking players of his day, even creating a new opening set-up: the “Maróczy bind”. At the peak of his playing career he, like players such as Bobby Fischer and Paul Morphy, made the startling decision to retire from chess. Unlike them though, Maróczy made a return,l tore through the competition and continued to win tournaments even later on in his life.

In 1895, Géza Maróczy won the “minor” tournament at Hastings. He followed this up with winning many first place prizes in international events over the next ten years. For a 6 year stretch, between 1902 and 1908, he played in 13 tournaments, winning 5 of them and finnishing in second place 5 other times. In 1906 he attempted to play against Emanuel Lasker for the World Championship, but due to problems in Cuba, the location of the match, the match had to be canceled. In 1908 Maróczy decided to retire from chess to focus more on his day job. After a number of years, he made a return to chess and helped Hungary to win the first two Chess Olympiads. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster after FIDE officially started using the title. Maróczy passed away on May 29, 1951.

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White Pieces
Four Knights Game (51) : C49 C47 C48 C46
Caro-Kann Defense (16) : B18 B13 B15 B12
Alekhine Defense (14) : B02 B03 B05
Nimzowitsch Defense (4) : B00
Scandinavian Defense (7) : B01
Three Knights Opening (6) : C46
Philidor Defense (5) : C41
Petrov's Defense (11) : C42 C43
London System (1) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense (3) : D47 D45 D46
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
King's Indian Defense (1) : E64
Colle System (8) : D04 D05
Indian Game (3) : A46
English Opening (4) : A38 A20 A13
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C20
Giuoco Piano Game (9) : C50 C53 C54 C51
Queen's Pawn Opening (11) : D02 A40 D00
Dutch Defense (4) : A81 A84
Nimzo-Indian Defense (2) : E20 E48
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E17
Slav Defense (1) : D12
Scotch Game (3) : C45 C44
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D32
King's Gambit Declined (8) : C32 C30
King's Gambit Accepted (10) : C37 C33 C34 C36
Bird's Opening (4) : A03
Center Game Accepted (2) : C22
Bishop's Opening (2) : C28 C24
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D21
Englund Gambit Declined (1) : A40
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Vienna Game (2) : C25
Black Pieces
Bird's Opening (2) : A03 A02
Indian Game (6) : A50 A45 A49 A46
Slav Defense (13) : D17 D15 D11 D18
Queen's Pawn Opening (19) : D02 A41 D00 A40
Colle System (8) : D04 D05
Tarrasch Defense (9) : D34 D32
Reti Opening (1) : A06
Semi-Slav Defense (10) : D46 D45
Nimzo-Indian Defense (5) : E36 E42 E20 E21 E22
English Opening (5) : A38 A14 A36 A35 A13
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Pirc Defense (2) : B08 B07
London System (1) : A48
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E12
Dutch Defense (4) : A84
Vienna Game (2) : C29 C25
King's Gambit Declined (9) : C30
Italian Game (3) : C56 C55 C50
Four Knights Game (5) : C49 C48 C47
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C50 C53
Petrov's Defense (2) : C42
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B15
Bishop's Opening (1) : C26
King's Gambit Accepted (10) : C39 C37 C33
Center Game Accepted (3) : C21 C22
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40

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