Monday, February 14, 2011

Random Game #10 - Maroczy vs. Von Popiel - Munich 1900

The Random Game feature at is a handy way to broaden your chess education. You never know what's going to pop up. You may see a famous classic, or maybe a subtle modernity, or maybe a true obscurity. You might even find a diamond in the rough that nobody else has spotted.

Today's game was played in Munich in 1900 between Geza Maroczy and Ignatz Von Popiel and features the Dutch Variation of the Bird Opening. Of course, Geza is the father of the Maroczy Bind pawn formation in the Sicilian Defense, thought to have originated in this game from 1904. Ignatz beat Emanuel Lasker in this game from 1889, but is probably not related to anyone on TV who sells chess pieces that will chop the board 64 different ways and still be sharp enough to slice a tomato.

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