The Maroczy System of the Sicilian Defence is one of those modern openings where Black attacks the white centre mainly with pieces. After the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 the c4 and e4 pawns secure White a space advantage in the middle, however, it is exactly these central pillars which may easily become targets of the black counterattack. Sergei Tiviakov has been employing this system with Black in his tournament practice since 1991 and is considered one its greatest experts. His explanations make it easy to understand the black set-up where recognising typical recurring piece manoeuvres is far more important than concrete knowledge of variations. The Maroczy System can be learnt quickly and due to its solidity is well suited to score good results even against strong opponents. Video running time: 3 h 15 min.
Born in Krasnodar (Soviet Union), Sergei Tiviakov was a member of the Smyslov school and gained the titles of World Youth Champion at U16 and U18 levels. In the PCA-World Championships, he reached the Candidates Matches in 1994; in the same year he represented Russia at the Chess Olympiad. Since 1997 Tiviakov has been living in Groningen and he has become a naturalised citizen of the Netherlands. He helped his adopted country to victory in the European Team Championships of 2001 and 2005 and won the championship of the Netherlands in 2006 and 2007.
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