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Alexander Kotov vs Viacheslav Ragozin
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 11, Nov-02
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: 27...c5 28.dxc5 ♕xe5 29.cxb6 ♖xc3 30.bxa7! ♖xc2 31.♖xc2 and the a7-pawn will queen.
Dec-15-11  notyetagm: Kotov vs Ragozin, 1949

<GrahamClayton: 27...c5 28.dxc5 xe5 29.cxb6 xc3 30.bxa7! xc2 31.xc2 and the a7-pawn will queen.>

What a combination that would have been!

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28 d4xc5!!

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30 b6x♖a7!

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  plang: 11..Be6 was a new move; 11..a5 and 11..Ne4 are the two most popular choices. Kotov was critical of 16..b6? recommending 16..a6 instead. 24..Ra7 placed the rook on an unfortunate square; 24..Kg7 would have been better. 28..Nxc6 29 Bb5..Nxd4 30 Rxc7..Nxc2 31 Rxc8..Nxa3 32 Rxe8+..Kg7 33 Bd3 would have favored White. If 35..Kh8 36 Bh7 and mate next move.

This game deserves more attention. Black's play in the early middlegame gave White a lot to work with but the punishment was quite pretty.

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