Category Archives: Maroczy Bind

Verifying Schandorff Playing 1.d4 Indian Defences

Schandorff proposes the Saemisch against the King’s Indian but black can transpose into a Maroczy Bind. The repertoire plan revolves around game #24 where in the main line, Schandorff goes against common practice and proposes trading dark bishops for an attack.

Here is the key game.

Moiseenko,A (2715) – Guseinov,G (2625)
Maroczy Bind via King’s Indian[E81]
8th World Teams Ningbo CHN (5), 21.07.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.Be2 a5 11.0–0 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bc6 13.Kh1 Nd7 14.Bxg7!? Kxg7 15.f4
The basic idea is to get an kingside attack going. White has Nd5 and Re3-h3 in mind(with Qh6) and either central pawn break f5 or e5 is possible.

Critical Position 1
White has just attacked the queen with 19.Rb3. What do you suggest for black?

  • 19…Qd8
  • 19…Qc7
  • Something else

 Black to Play

19.Rb3

Critical Position 2

A sharp rook ending has arisen after 29…d5. Black has two mobile center pawns for counterplay.
Q1 How do you assess the position?
  • Black has enough counterplay to hold
  • The position is unclear
  • Black is slightly better
  • Black is clearly better
  • White is slightly better
  • White is clearly better
  • White is winning

Q2 What should white play now?

White to Play
29…d5
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