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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