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Salomon Flohr vs Viacheslav Ragozin
Leningrad/Moscow training (1939), Leningrad/Moscow RUS, rd 2, Jan-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: White missed 35.Qf4! threatening Qb8+, which should have won the game. If 35...Kg8, then 36.Bxf5 Nxf5 37.Re8+ Kg7 38.Qc7+ Kg6 39.Rg8+ Kh5 (39...Ng7 40.Ne6 ) 40.Nxh7 Qe7 41.Qxe7 Nxe7 42.Rg5+ Kh4 43.g3+ Kh3 44.Rg7 threatening 45.Ng5#.
May-11-04  vonKrolock: <Honza C.> what an amazing change! Flohr seems to be in deep trouble following 30...Qxf4, but after 33.Ng5! he emerges whith an evident plus... Ragozin`s best chance was indeed to try to profit from the non-retreat situation of the white Knight, but neither whith (a)33...Bf5 34.Rf8 Qf8 35.Bf5 Nf5 (if 35...Qf5 then 36.Nf7!!) 36.Qf4!, nor whith (b)33...Rh5 34.Re5 Bf5 35.Rf8 Qf8 36.Bf5 Nf5 37.Qe2! More unyelding, however, was (c)33...Rg6 34.Bg6 Qg6 35.h3! h6! (if gh3 then 36.g3!! rescues the Kt)36.hxg4 and now (c.1)36...hg 37.f3 Ne6 38.Qe3! Nc7! (better than 38...Bd7 39.Ra7 Bc8 40.Re7 etc) 39.Ra7 Nb5 40.Rc7 Nd6 41.Re5 Nf7 and white`s pressure seems to be insufficient to afford a decision. Or (c.2) 36...Qg5 37.Qg5! hg 38.f3 Bd7 39.Ra7 Re8 (best) 40.Rb1! Bc8 41.Rb6 Ne6 42.Rc6 Nd4 (what else...) 43.Rg6 Kf8 44.Rg5 Nc6 (or 44...Ne2 45.Kf2 d4 46.Rh5 Kg8 47.Rah7!and wins quickly)45.Rc7 Ne7 46.Re5! Ba6 (forced) 47.Re6 Bb5 48.f4! (this endgame is good for white - ex. 48...d4 49.Rd6 d3 50.Rc5 Rb8 51.Kf2 etc) thus even whith B+NxR, Ragozin would hardly save this game...
May-13-04  vonKrolock: 35.h3!! is my own discovery, i think is a perfectly flohrian move, and i`ll like to imagine that`s a winning course that line (c.1) shall be improved to combine whith final conclusion. the point is that white`s position can be improved whith almost null risk of losing the game - for instance, after 41...Nf7 42.Re8! Qd6 and now - (c.1.1)43.Rf8 Qf8 44.Qe8 Kg7 45.Qc6 Qb4 46.Rc1 Bb7 (or 46...Qd4 Kh1 and Bishop is trapped!) 47.Qc5! etc., or (c.1.2)43.Qe7!Qe7 44.R8e7 and further (c.1.2.1) 44...Nd6 45.Rc7! Nb5 46.Rxc6 and soon `d5`or `g5`will fall too, (c.1.2.2)44...Nd8 45.Rc7 Be6 (otherwise Ree7 is very unpleasant)46.Re5! etc., (c.1.2.3)44...Ba6 45.Ra7 Bb5 46.Ree7 Kg7 47.g3! Kf6 48.f4! etc.
Sep-30-06  InfinityCircuit: Does anyone know if this is the mysterious game that Burt Hochberg cut from Reuben Fines' The Middlegame in Chess?

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