Need Sure Points? Sicilian Defence Edition, Accelerated Dragon, Maroczy Bind

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement”
Bo Bennett (businessman)

The Maroczy Bind pawn formation was invented and used by GM Geza Maroczy (HUN) starting with the beginning of the 20th Century; see positions below. The White pawns’ formation is the calling card for it. Black can either reply using an Accelerated Dragon pawn formation (shown in diagram 1) or a Hedgehog pawn formation (shown in diagram 2, where Black must take care of the backwards d6-pawn in exchange for controlling the d5-square).

It is used as a positional weapon against the Sicilian and for a long time it was considered one of the best choices against it. White builds up a solid position with no weaknesses and applies positional pressure. Black lacks space and targets; failing to break White’s pawn structure normally results in suffocation.

I have found a few examples where the game ends in a draw. It gives Black hope that not all is lost. Please consider this just a modest start in examining in more detail this important positional concept and becoming comfortable to play it at a decent level with both colours.

Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player - my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today's standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor - my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app: I can help you learn chess the proper way if this is what you seek!