'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Geza Maroczy.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
White Mates in 4.
Geza Maroczy vs G Exner, Budapest, 1894
r2q3r/ppp5/2n4p/4Pbk1/2BP1Npb/P2QB3/1PP3P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6.
Geza Maroczy vs Henry Bird, London, 1899
4r2k/3n1R2/2pq3p/p1p5/3n3P/P2P4/B1P2QP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3.
Geza Maroczy vs Heinrich Wolf, Berlin, 1899
2r5/2p2k1p/pqp1RB2/2r5/PbQ2N2/1P3PP1/2P3P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Kxf6 Qe6+ ]

d)
Fred Eisenberg vs Geza Maroczy, Monaco, 1902
5rk1/pb3ppp/4p3/q7/5b2/1P1B1P2/P1RN2PP/3Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 Qe2 Bxd2 Rxd2 Ba6 h3 g6 Qe3 Qc3 ]

e)
Geza Maroczy vs Kurt Von Bardeleben, Barmen, 1905
r4rk1/ppp2ppp/2n2q2/1Bp1nP2/8/4B3/PPP2PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 ]

Geza Maroczy puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Geza Maroczy vs Osip Bernstein, Ostende, 1906
3r3r/pp4k1/2pq1pp1/8/2P1R1P1/4Q3/P1P2R1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ c5 if Qd1+ Rf1 Qd5 c4 Qe3 Re7+ mates ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Willem Schelfhout vs Geza Maroczy, Amsterdam, 1920
r4rk1/5ppp/2p1b1n1/2q3B1/1p1pP3/1P1P1N2/1P1Q2PP/1KR2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Kxa1 Qa5+ Kb1 Bxb3 ]

c)
Geza Maroczy vs Milan Vidmar, Ljubljana, 1922
r4bkr/pppq2pp/2n1R3/6N1/2pp2P1/5Q2/PPP2P1P/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7 ]

d)
Geza Maroczy vs Gruber, Gyor, 1924
r2qrbk1/p1N2ppp/4b3/2pp2Bn/8/3B2Q1/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3.
Geza Maroczy vs Vladimir Vukovic, London, 1927
2r1kbr1/pn2p1p1/2p1P1Np/B2p2p1/2pP4/2N3P1/PP1R4/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rdf2 ]

f)
Henri Weenink vs Geza Maroczy, Netherlands, 1930
3rr1k1/pp3p2/2p2Pp1/2Rn2qp/1P1PNR2/P3P2P/Q5P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh6 if Rh4 Qxe3+ ]

g)
Pal Rethy vs Geza Maroczy, Budapest, 1931
6k1/pp3pp1/2pb2p1/8/3Pn1P1/P1P2N1P/1P1BQ1K1/1q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2 if Kg1 Bf4 or if Qe3 g5 ]

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