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Default True or false? Alekhine never saw a RxN Sicilian exchange sac in hislife!

Neil McDonald, in his book Positional Sacrifices (1994) says Alekhine
never saw an exchange sac RxNc3 in his life, whereas nowadays this
position is well known to be equal. True or false? McDonald uses as
an example the game below (see 2... Rxc3).

I have Chessbase but am not good at figuring out how to search for
game using a template for a position (it would be hard to do?)

Maybe some Chessbase expert can tell us how to search for this...

RL

[Event "Hastings Challengers 1993/4"]
[Site "Café"]
[Date "1993.12.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Wells"]
[Black "Duncan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Annotator "Lopez,Ray"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "3q1rk1/pp1bppbp/3p1npB/8/2rNP1P1/2N2P2/PPPQ4/2KR3R b - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[EventDate "2010.05.28"]
[SourceDate "2010.05.31"]

1... Nxe4 2. Qe3 Rxc3 3. bxc3 Nf6 4. Bxg7 Kxg7 5. Rh4 Rg8 6. Ne2 Bc6
7. Nf4 e5
8. g5 Ne8 9. Nd3 f6 10. f4 fxg5 11. fxg5 Qe7 12. Rxh7+ Kxh7 13. Qh3+
Kg7 14.
Qh6+ Kf7 15. Rf1+ Ke6 16. Qh3+ Kd5 17. Nb4+ Kc5 18. Qe3+ Kb5 19. Kb2
(19. a4+
Kxa4 20. Nxc6 Qc7 21. Kd2 Qxc6 22. Qxa7+ Qa6 23. Ra1+ Kb5 24. Rxa6
bxa6 25.
Qb7+ Kc5 26. Qb4+ Kd5 27. Qb3+ Kc6 28. Qxg8) 19... a6 20. a4+ Ka5 0-1
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I am sure it is true. I think they started in the 1950s.
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Default True or false? Alekhine never saw a RxN Sicilian exchange sac inhis life!

On Jun 10, 6:28*am, raylopez99 wrote:
Neil McDonald, in his book Positional Sacrifices (1994) says Alekhine
never saw an exchange sac RxNc3 in his life, whereas nowadays this
position is well known to be equal. *True or false? *McDonald uses as
an example the game below (see 2... Rxc3).

I have Chessbase but am not good at figuring out how to search for
game using a template for a position (it would be hard to do?)


I am certainly no CB expert but unlike you I know the basics of the
programs I use,

When you search the database there is an option to search for
"manoeuvres", you can click sacrifice and your RxNc3 can be entered
manually. You could do that with any set of games or the whole
database.

I used this option extensively when I was thinking about writing an
article on "opposite" sacrifices - that is, for one example, how often
does one side castle q-side, with the K ending up on b8 or b1 and then
the "Greek gift" of Bxa7/a2+, and so on. When I wrote Tim Krabbe about
it, he said he had done a similar search and found little of interest
- when I analyzed my results, I agreed.

SBD

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Default True or false? Alekhine never saw a RxN Sicilian exchange sac inhis life!

On Jun 10, 9:07*am, sd wrote:
On Jun 10, 6:28*am, raylopez99 wrote:

Neil McDonald, in his book Positional Sacrifices (1994) says Alekhine
never saw an exchange sac RxNc3 in his life, whereas nowadays this
position is well known to be equal. *True or false? *McDonald uses as
an example the game below (see 2... Rxc3).


I have Chessbase but am not good at figuring out how to search for
game using a template for a position (it would be hard to do?)


I am certainly no CB expert but unlike you I know the basics of the
programs I use,

When you search the database there is an option to search for
"manoeuvres", you can click sacrifice and your RxNc3 can be entered
manually. You could do that with any set of games or the whole
database.

I used this option extensively when I was thinking about writing an
article on "opposite" sacrifices - that is, for one example, how often
does one side castle q-side, with the K ending up on b8 or b1 and then
the "Greek gift" of Bxa7/a2+, and so on. When I wrote Tim Krabbe about
it, he said he had done a similar search and found little of interest
- when I analyzed my results, I agreed.

SBD


I just tried a maneuver search on CB MegaDatabase 2005, looking for
Alekhine games (w/ AAA as either color) in which the move Rc8xNc3 was
played. No matches. Not conclusive proof, but it does support McDonald
provisionally.
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On Jun 10, 7:28*am, raylopez99 wrote:
Neil McDonald, in his book Positional Sacrifices (1994) says Alekhine
never saw an exchange sac RxNc3 in his life, whereas nowadays this
position is well known to be equal. *True or false? *McDonald uses as
an example the game below (see 2... Rxc3).

I have Chessbase but am not good at figuring out how to search for
game using a template for a position (it would be hard to do?)

Maybe some Chessbase expert can tell us how to search for this...


I tried the search again, this time without clicking the "sacrifice"
box on the maneuver search. I saw that what that does is find games
only where the Rxc3 capture has "!" after it, thus ignoring
unannotated games. A search for the maneuver bRc?xNc3 (i.e. a black
rook anywhere on the c-file capturing a knight on c3) returned four
Alekhine games. The first one, from a 24-board 1914 simul with
Alekhine playing the black side of a Dragon Sicilian, looks like it
might be the kind of sac McDonald was referring to, though not having
that book I can't be su

[Event "Stockholm sim"]
[Site "Stockholm"]
[Date "1914.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Schultz, Evelyne"]
[Black "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B77"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "1914.??.??"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "SWE"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1998.11.10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 d6 7. Bc4
Nf6 8. f3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Ne5 11. Be2 Rc8 12. f4 Neg4 13. Nb3
Rxc3 14. bxc3 Nxe4 15. Qd3 Nxe3 16. Qxe3 Nxc3 17. Rae1 a5 18. Bf3 Bb5
19. Rf2 d5 20. Qc5 b6 21. Qe3 d4 22. Qxe7 a4 23. Nc1 Qb8 24. Nd3 Re8
25. Qb7 Rxe1+ 26. Nxe1 Qxb7 27. Bxb7 d3 28. Rd2 Bd4+ 29. Kh1 Be3 30.
Rxd3 Bxd3 31. Nxd3 Nxa2 32. Bd5 Nc3 33. Bc6 a3 0-1

[Event "Moscow exh"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1916.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Black "Rabinovich, Abram Isaakovich"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D15"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "1916.??.??"]
[EventType "game"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2000.11.22"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 Qb6 5. e3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3
e6 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. O-O dxc4 10. Bxc4 Bd6 11. Qe2 O-O 12. e4 e5 13. d5
Bc5 14. Rd1 Bd4 15. Rd3 Nc5 16. Rg3 cxd5 17. Bxd5 Kh8 18. Bd2 Rac8 19.
Rd1 Ne6 20. Bb3 Rfd8 21. Qf3
Nf4 22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Rg5 Bxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 25. Kxf2 Rxd1 26. Bxd1
Rxc3 27. Re5 Rd3 28. Be2 Rd2 29. Kf3 Rxb2 30. Re7 g5 31. e5 g4+ 32.
hxg4 Nxg4 33. Bc4 f5 34. exf6 Nxf6 35. Bb3 a5 36. Rf7 a4 37. Be6 Nh5
38. Kg4 Rb6 39. Bc4 Rc6 40. Bb5
Rc5 41. Rxb7 Nf6+ 42. Kxf4 Nd5+ 43. Kf3 Nc3 44. Bd3 Nxa2 45. Rxh7+ Kg8
46. Ra7 Rc3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Buenos Aires exh"]
[Site "Buenos Aires"]
[Date "1926.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lynch, Julio"]
[Black "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B42"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "1926.??.??"]
[EventType "match"]
[EventRounds "3"]
[EventCountry "ARG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1998.11.10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O
a6 8. Qe2 Nbd7 9. Be3 Qc7 10. a4 b6 11. f3 O-O 12. Qf2 Ne5 13. Nde2
Rb8 14. Kh1 Nfd7 15. Rfd1 Nc5 16. b4 Ncxd3 17. cxd3 f5 18. Rac1 Qb7
19. Qg3 Bd7 20. Bd4 Ng6 21. Qe1
d5 22. exd5 e5 23. Bg1 Bxb4 24. Rb1 a5 25. Rdc1 Ne7 26. Qg3 f4 27. Qf2
Nxd5 28. d4 Bf5 29. Rb3 Nxc3 30. Nxc3 Rfc8 31. dxe5 Be6 32. Rbb1 Rxc3
33. Rxc3 Bxc3 34. Rxb6 Qxb6 35. Qxb6 Rxb6 36. Bxb6 Bd7 0-1

[Event "Semmering"]
[Site "Semmering"]
[Date "1926.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Black "Spielmann, Rudolf"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A46"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "1926.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "17"]
[EventCountry "AUT"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 Qb6 5. Qc1 Ne4 6. Bf4 d5 7. Bd3
Nd7 8. O-O Bd6 9. Bxd6 Qxd6 10. c4 O-O 11. Qc2 Nef6 12. cxd5 exd5 13.
dxc5 Nxc5 14. Nc3 Be6 15. Rfd1 Nxd3 16. Qxd3 Qb6 17. Rd2 Rac8 18. h3
h6 19. Nd4 a6 20. Rad1 Rfe8 21. Nxe6 fxe6 22. Qg6 Rf8 23. e4 Rxc3 24.
bxc3 Nxe4 25. Rd4 Nxc3 26. Rg4 Qxf2+ 27. Kh2 Qf6 28. Qxf6 Rxf6 29. Rc1
Ne4 30. Rc8+ Rf8 31. Rc7 1/2-1/2










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Default True or false? Alekhine never saw a RxN Sicilian exchange sac inhis life!

On Jun 10, 7:28*am, raylopez99 wrote:
Neil McDonald, in his book Positional Sacrifices (1994) says Alekhine
never saw an exchange sac RxNc3 in his life, whereas nowadays this
position is well known to be equal. *True or false?


Searching further on CB using the ...Rc?xNc3 maneuver parameter,
plus ECO code of B20 thru B99 (i.e. Sicilian Defense), we get 9,246
games dating from 1851 to 2004. In most of the early cases it's purely
a tactical matter, as here where Black merely exploits a blunder:

[Event "London knockout"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1851.??.??"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Kennedy, ES."]
[Black "Mucklow, James R"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B44"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "1851.05.27"]
[EventType "k.o."]
[EventRounds "4"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.11.25"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb3 b6 6. Bc4 Bb7 7. f4
Rc8 8. O-O Nb4 9. Bd3 Qc7 10. c3 Nc6 11. Be3 Nge7 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13.
cxd4 Qc6 14. Nc3 a6 15. Rc1 Qd6 16. e5 Qb8 17. Be4 Rxc3 18. Rxc3 Bxe4
19. Qa4 Nd5 20. Rb3 Bc2 21. Qc4
Bxb3 22. Qxb3 Be7 23. Bd2 O-O 24. f5 f6 25. fxe6 dxe6 26. Qh3 Qc8 27.
Qg4 Qd7 28. Bh6 Rf7 29. Rf3 Bf8 30. Rg3 Qe7 31. Bd2 fxe5 32. Qe4 exd4
33. Rh3 g6 34. a3 a5 35. Rd3 Bg7 36. h4 Rf5 37. Bg5 Bf6 38. g4 Re5 39.
Qxe5 Bxe5 40. Bxe7 Nxe7
41. Kf2 Nc6 42. Kf3 Bf6 43. h5 Ne5+ 0-1

The earliest one that looks at all positional (at least, the sac is
not tactically sound) is this:

[Event "Scheveningen"]
[Site "Scheveningen"]
[Date "1905.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Reggio, Arturo"]
[Black "Leussen, Benjamin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B73"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "1905.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1997.11.17"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2
d6 8. O-O O-O 9. Qd2 Ng4 10. Bxg4 Bxg4 11. f4 Bd7 12. Kh1 Rc8 13. Nxc6
Bxc6 14. Bd4 e5 15. Bxa7 Qa5 16. Be3 exf4 17. Rxf4 Qh5 18. Qf2 g5 19.
Rf5 h6 20. Bd4 f6 21. Rf1 Bd7 22. Rd5 Rc6 23. Qg3 Rxc3 24. Bxc3 Bc6
25. Rxd6 Bxe4 26. Re1 Qg6 27. Rd7 h5 28. Qc7 Bc6 29. Rd8 Qxc2 30.
Rxf8+ Bxf8 31. Qg3 Bd6 32. Be5 Bxe5 33. Rxe5 Qxg2+ 34. Qxg2 Bxg2+ 35.
Kxg2 fxe5 36. a4 Kf7 37. Kf3 g4+ 38. Ke4 h4 39. b4 h3 0-1

Here's an interesting one, from a 1908 Lasker simul:

[Event "GBR tour sim"]
[Site "Great Britain"]
[Date "1908.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lasker, Emanuel"]
[Black "Mac Kay, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B73"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "1908.??.??"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1998.11.10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 d6 7. Be2
Nf6 8. h3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. f4 a6 11. g4 Rc8 12. f5 Ne5 13. g5 Rxc3
14. bxc3 Nxe4 15. Bd3 Nxc3 16. Qe1 Nxd3 17. Qxc3 Nc5 18. f6 exf6 19.
gxf6 Ne4 20. Qd3 Nxf6 21. Bg5 Qa5 22. Bd2 Qc5 23. Kh2 Nh5 24. c3 Be5+
25. Kg2 f5 26. Rab1 Bxd4 27. Qxd4 Bc6+ 28. Kh2 Qe5+ 29. Qxe5 dxe5 30.
Bh6 Re8 31. Rfe1 f4 32. Rbd1 Nf6 33. Rd6 Kf7 34. c4 Nh5 0-1

Here's a definite positional sac:

[Event "Paris ol (Men) prel-7"]
[Site "Paris"]
[Date "1924.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Rueb, Alexander"]
[Black "Tschepurnoff, Anatol Aleksievitis"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B33"]
[PlyCount "108"]
[EventDate "1924.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "FRA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Nc3 h6 7. a3
Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O d6 10. Qe2 Bg4 11. Be3 Kh8 12. Rad1 Rc8 13. Rd2
Na5 14. Ba2 Rxc3 15. bxc3 Nxe4 16. Rd3 Nf6 17. h3 e4 18. hxg4 exd3 19.
cxd3 Nxg4 20. Bxa7 Nc6 21. Bd4 Qa5 22. Nh2 Nxh2 23. Kxh2 Nxd4 24. cxd4
Bf6 25. Bxf7 Bxd4 26. Qe7 Qe5+ 27. Qxe5 Bxe5+ 28. g3 Rxf7 29. Kg2 b6
30. Rc1 Ra7 31. Rc6 Bd4 32. Rxd6 Bc5 33. Rd8+ Kh7 34. d4 Bxa3 35. Rb8
Rd7 36. Rxb6 Rxd4 37. Rb3 Bc5 38. Rb2 Rd6 39. Rc2 Bb6
40. Ra2 g5 41. g4 Rf6 42. Rb2 Kg6 43. f3 Rc6 44. Rd2 Kf6 45. Rb2 Bd4
46. Ra2 Rb6 47. Ra5 Rb2+ 48. Kh1 Rf2 49. Ra8 Ke6 50. Rf8 Bf6 51. Re8+
Be7 52. Rh8 Rxf3 53. Rxh6+ Rf6 54. Rh2 Rf4 0-1

And this game might also qualify:

[Event "Marienbad"]
[Site "Marienbad"]
[Date "1925.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Yates, Frederick"]
[Black "Opocensky, Karel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B43"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "1925.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "15"]
[EventCountry "CSR"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. O-O
d6 8. Be3 Nbd7 9. Qe2 Be7 10. f4 b5 11. Rae1 Bb7 12. a3 Rc8 13. Kh1
Nc5 14. Bf2 Nfd7 15. Qg4 Bf6 16. Qh3 Nxd3 17. cxd3 O-O 18. f5 e5 19.
Nc2 Qa5 20. Nb4 Rxc3 21. bxc3 Qxa3 22. Rb1 Rc8 23. Qe3 Nc5 24. Qd2 Qa5
25. Be3 Na4 26. Rfc1 Qd8 27. Nd5 Bxd5 28. exd5 Qd7 29. c4 bxc4 30.
dxc4 Qxf5 31. Qa5 Nc5 32. Bxc5 dxc5 33. Qxa6 h5 34. Rf1 Qd7 35. Rb7
Qe8 36. d6 Rd8 37. Qb6 e4 38. Qxc5 e3 39. Re1 e2 40. Rb3 Bh4 41. Re3
Qa4 42. g3 Qa8+ 43. Kg1 Bf6 44. R3xe2 h4 45. d7 g6 46. Re8+ Kh7 47.
gxh4 Qf3 48. Rxd8 Qg4+ 49. Kf1 Qh3+ 50. Ke2 Bxd8 51. Qd4 Qg2+ 52. Kd1
Qf3+ 53. Kc2 Qf5+ 54. Qd3 Qf2+ 55. Re2 Qa7 56. Kb1 Qg1+ 57. Kc2 Qa7
58. Rd2 Qa2+ 59. Kd1
Qa1+ 60. Ke2 Qe5+ 61. Kf1 Qa1+ 62. Kg2 Qe5 63. Qd5 Qf4 64. Rd4 Qc1 65.
Qxf7+ Kh6 66. Qf4+ 1-0

Whether Alekhine was aware of these games I can't say, though given
his voracious appetite for chess literature it's certainly not
impossible, especially considering when the last two games above were
played. Thus I would be hesitant to agree with McDonnald's absolute
claim that Alekhine /never/ saw a Rxc3 positional sac in the
Sicilian.




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On Jun 10, 8:45*am, Offramp wrote:
I am sure it is true. I think they started in the 1950s.


There are other types of positional exchange sacrifice, though.
Watson in "secrets of modern chess strategy" cites Alekhine-Selsinev
1921 as an early example. It's a fairly standard sac now, moving a
rook forward on an open file, where it is en prise to a bishop but
defended by two pawns. For the rook Alekhine got the bishop pair, a
protected passed pawn, and a good square for a knight. Watson argues
that players up to the 1940s or so overrated the advantage of the
exchange.

A Rxc3 sacrifice in the Sicilian depends on a certain kind of Sicilian
being played. It might not be effective against the Be2-f3 line
Alekhine was for a while trying to popularize. And of course it isn't
possible against the early c4 systems which were also popular.

William Hyde
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On Jun 10, 5:37*pm, Taylor Kingston
wrote:

* Whether Alekhine was aware of these games I can't say, though given
his voracious appetite for chess literature it's certainly not
impossible, especially considering when the last two games above were
played. Thus I would be hesitant to agree with McDonnald's absolute
claim that Alekhine /never/ saw a Rxc3 positional sac in the
Sicilian.


Excellent detective work TK! I studied some of these games and agree
with your conclusions.

Now that's what this NG is supposed to be about... I will strive to
learn CB better so I can figure out how to search by template...I even
have the non-light (paid) version, CB 9.0.

UPDATE: I figured it out--Under "maneuvers" under "Filter" you click,
using the language they describe in Help, and enter this string (using
the tool): bR ?? c3xN. But make sure (and this threw me) you do NOT
click on the sacrifice checkbox.

In any event, great work and I learned a new feature in CB that's
pretty cool.

RL
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On Jun 10, 9:17*pm, William Hyde wrote:

A Rxc3 sacrifice in the Sicilian depends on a certain kind of Sicilian
being played. *It might not be effective against the Be2-f3 line
Alekhine was for a while trying to popularize. *And of course it isn't
possible against the early c4 systems which were also popular.


Do you Mr. William G. Hyde, skilled player that you no doubt are, or
think you are, really understand what an Maroczy Bind is?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%B3czy_Bind *


Contrary to conventional opinion, it seems to me it is unsound, as
your c4 pawn is just hanging there, waiting to get picked off. But
what do I know? I'm just a class A player.

Note Maroczy himself never played it says Wiki.

RL

*
The first game known to feature the Maróczy Bind was Swiderski-
Maróczy, Monte Carlo 1904.[1] Oddly, no games are known where Maróczy
played it as White. However, the March-April 1906 issue of the Wiener
Schachzeitung reproduced from Magyar Sakklap Maróczy's annotations to
the game Tarrasch-Marshall, match, Nuremberg 1905, which began 1.e4 c5
2.d4 cxd4 3.Nf3 a6 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.Nc3 Nc6). "On four
consecutive moves (moves 3-6) Maróczy stressed the value of the move
c4."[2]

For several decades, it was generally considered tantamount to a
positional blunder for Black to allow the Maróczy Bind.[3] For
example, Harry Golombek in Capablanca's 100 Best Games of Chess, first
published in 1947, gave a question mark to Black's fourth move 1.e4 c5
2.Ne2 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6, a form of the Accelerated Dragon
variation of the Sicilian Defence, stating that 4...Nf6 was
"necessary" to make White block his c-pawn with 5.Nc3 and thus avoid
the Bind. Golombek gave an exclamation point to 5.c4, establishing the
Bind, explaining "This strong move gives White control of the centre
and Black must grovel about to find a counter-attack."[4] Reuben Fine,
writing in 1948, also considered the Bind very strong for White.[5]

Beginning in the 1950s, the Maróczy Bind became less feared as new
methods were found for Black to combat it.
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Default True or false? Alekhine never saw a RxN Sicilian exchange sac inhis life!

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Not conclusive proof, but it does support McDonald
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