Maroczy Bound

Chess players easily remember ideas and patterns taken from millions of games. — Vishwanathan Anand, lecturing on the role of memory in Chess at Accenture, June 12, 2012

The way we chessplayers generally teach openings is rather strange. The need for the beginner to  be aware of move-order traps leads us to present the openings as individual tracks whose identity is derived from the initial sequence of moves, whereas these tracks converge on positions whose significance to our understanding is greater than the significance of the move order that leads to them.

Some apply the term tabiya (“tableau”) used in Arabic chess manuscripts from the 11th century to these significant positions.

There are tabiyas that can be reached from either the Ruy Lopez or the Rossolimo Sicilian. There are many paths to the swath of tabiyas around the Neo-Grünfeld (D70-79) and the White fianchetto King’s Indian (E62, E64, &c.)

The Marozcy bind is perhaps the most central tabiya of the Chess opening. It can be reached quite reasonably from 1. e4, 1.d4, 1. c4, 1. Nf3 and rather more fancifully from other first moves.

It can also be reached with colors reversed, as in my game from the Denver Chess Club this week (below) which secured me 3rd place in this month’s DCC Tuesday Night tournament.

Incidentally, if you have not watched Anand’s excellent and entertaining lecture, it’s here.

Jacques Delaguerre