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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Viacheslav Ragozin
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 4, May-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Spielmann Variation (E22)  ·  1-0



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May-17-05  Runemaster: I wonder whether Ragozin might have had more drawing chances if he'd given up the exchange with 48...Rxa3 49.Ne4+ fxe4 50.Rxa3 Bxb5. I suppose the white rook can swing over to g3 and get at the king-side pawns, but there wasn't much life in Black as the game went anyway.
Dec-18-05  vampiero: looks like a textbook example on how to gain tempos, look how many times each player scares away the queens or other pieces
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Jonathan Sarfati: <Runemaster>, I have my doubts about any chances here. White would already have a K-side majority, and chances of increasing it further (as you note). Indeed, Black's position looks a lot worse than in this famous game Fischer vs Spassky, 1972

Chances are, if Ragozin had played that way, he would have been criticized for desperation and castigated for not making Capa prove he could win with the extra pawn.

This was a hard middlegame, but the endgame was a classic example of Capa's schematic thinking. Kotov in "Think Like a Grandmaster" gives the position after B32, where Capa just knew that he had to place Pb4, Nd4 and Rc3, then bring the K in.

May-23-07  Whitehat1963: My favorite part of this game begins with the 22. Bxa7. Every time black tries to pick up an advantage, he comes to realize that Capa has simply lured him into more and more simplification that continues to increase white's minute advantages.
May-23-07  CapablancaFan: 22. Bxa7! heheheheheheh hohohohoh LOL!
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  Richard Taylor: There is an excellent analysis of this game and the ending here:

White wins as he first of all gets his pieces on the darks squares thus controlling most of the centre (and restricting - effectively - the Black white-squared B) and then manoeuvres until he can gets his King to assist the Q-side pawns Ne2 brings the knight into the right position and White wins (after avoiding a few tricks).

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Thanx <Richard>. Do you know where the 2nd part of that video is?
Aug-17-08  Calli: Pt2:
Mar-11-10  TheScroobiousPip: After 32:

"White's plan is to prevent the advance of the c-pawn (after which the b-pawn could become weak) and to control the entire board up to the fifth rank.This is achieved by moving the king to e3, the knight at d4, and the pawns at b4 and f4. After he has attained such a position, White will be able to advance his Q-side pawns."

Capablanca as quoted by Shereshevsky

May-09-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Maybe my favorite Capablanca endgame, if I had to choose one.
May-09-13  RookFile: You can just picture Karpov pouring over this game - this game was Karpov before Karpov was even born.
Dec-25-13  donjova: I guess black deliberately sacrificed his pawn around move 12. What did he hope to achieve as a compensation?
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  Mateo: 45.Kd4? looks like an oversight. It seems that Ragozin missed his chance here: 45…Bb5! 46.Nc3 (46.Re3+ Kd6 47.Nc3 c5+ 48.Ke4 Bc6+ 49.Kd3 Rxa3=) Bxd3 47.Nxa4 Bf1. White cannot keep his extra pawn. The ending is still in White's favour but Black has some decent chances to fight for a draw.
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  Mateo: This is simply an amazing middle game from Capablanca. I checked the game with Stockfish. The computer thinks Capablanca played the best moves from move 12 until move 25! They used to say he was the chess machine...
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  fiercebadger: after 43 ne2 bottvinik asked capa why not a more active move ,capa replied his move was more praticle ..(yusapov on chess24)
Sep-05-18  RookFile: As Shereshevsky would say, "Do not hurry." The extra pawn is black's problem and there's not much he can do except wait. Capa takes his time.
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  kerpa: Diagrams 13-2 and 13-3 in Build Up Your Chess 1 Fundamentals by Artur Yusupov, p.129, chapter 13, Realizing a Material Advantage. Excellent book.

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