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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1929), Odessa URS, rd 6, Sep-05
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  0-1



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  Sneaky: White resigned because on 15. Nc3 (or Na3) Qxb2 attacking the Rook on a1 and the knight. And I don't see any good counter-threats or intermediate moves, so it's game-over.

Ragozin looks like he's playing a blitz game! Amazing how Botvinnik can bring out the worst in otherwise formidable opponents.

Jan-23-05  morphy234: why not 15. Qa3 to try to save something?
Jan-24-05  Cyphelium: <morhpy234> The queen is trapped after 15. ♕a3 axb5 16. ♕xa8 ♘a6. White doesn't get enough wood for it either: 17. cxb5 ♗d7 18. ♕xf8+ ♔xf8 19. bxa6 ♗c6 .
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  al wazir: 15. c5 Qxc5 16. Nb3 Qb4+ 17. Nc3 Rd8.

"All this for only a pawn??" But I don't think white should have resigned.

Feb-24-06  NBZ: after Nc3 Qxb2 the c3 knight is protected by the Qf3, so simply Rb1 or even Nb3 is possible. Of course black wins a pawn, but white gains quite some time, so resignation looks very premature.

Maybe there is something wrong with the game score?

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  Phony Benoni: A file from ChessBase indicates that White did indeed play 15.Nc3. The score cuts off there, but indicates that Black's real threat is 15...Bd7. That looks really good; for instance, 16.Bg2 Bc6 17.Qe2 and now 17...Qxb2 does attack the knight on c3.
May-29-11  dull2vivid: 9…nf4 was good placement of the knight back to the kingside.

Instead of 10. g3? - why weaken yourself just to chase a knight? White can try Ne4 eyeing d6, with some advantage. Or even Qg4 and then Bd3 development with equal dynamism.

Yeah, in the final position Nc3, then Bd7 wins for black. But Qa3 is a better try, but this is met by axN! QxR and black should win anyway.

Aug-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Ragozin vs Botvinnik, 1929.
Your score: 25 (par = 20)


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  fredthebear: 5.dxc5 Na6 is equal.

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