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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Veniamin Sozin
"Ragozin Supposin' That Sozin is Dozin': Ragozin Supposin' Erronneously" (game of the day Jul-06-2021)
URS corr (1937) (correspondence)
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation (A28)  ·  0-1



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Aug-27-04  patzer2: Black's 18...Rxg2! is featured as the solution to number 4866 in Laxlo Polgar's 1994 Book "Chess," and is classified under the theme sacrifice on g2/g7.

It's not difficult to figure out once you actually consider the move.

If 18.Bxf2, then 18... Nd3+ (Knight Fork) wins.

If 20. Kf2, then 20...Bxh8 wins.

If 23. Rg1, then 20...Qh4+ wins.

Two nice quiet moves by Black worth noting are 20...0-0-0! and 22. Qd8!

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  Zenchess: 9. Nb5? was a wasted move which did nothing to strengthen White's position. Later, the Knight gets driven back to a3, delaying White's development even more. Later, 11. Bxf6? was a howler which fatally opened lines for Black. Better was 11. Na3, followed by the development of the k-side.
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  GrahamClayton: Sozin's comments regarding 14...♗d7:
"This move, in my view, is most in accordance with the demands of the position: by posting his bishop at c6, Black exploits the unfavourable placing of the White pieces with the aim of preparing a direct attack on the White king, on whichever side it castles, and at the same time secures a completely impregnable position for his own king (after 0-0-0)."
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  Messiah: Congratulations for this 'pun'. The quality is not exactly skyrocketing here.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Ragozin frozen by Sozin bulldozin' after the superficially clever 9.Nb5?; pity that White didn't acquiesce to 15.Qxb7,Qxa3; 16.Qxa8+,Ke7; 17.Qxh8,Qxc3+; 18.Kd1,Ba4.
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  keypusher: Great title, PB!
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  OhioChessFan: Longest pun I remember. Pretty good. I have no idea what the point of Nb5 is.
Jun-20-21  Andrew Chapman: <15.Qxb7,Qxa3; 16.Qxa8+,Ke7; 17.Qxh8,Qxc3+; 18.Kd1,Ba4.>

15.. Qxc3+

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very true--indeed, 15...Qxc3+; 16.Kd1,Ba4+; 17.Qb3,Bxb3+; 18.axb3,Qxa1+ looks equally catastrophic.
Jun-22-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I guess I'm not the only one who recently thought about punning on the "Moses Supposes ..." tonguetwister song.
Jun-22-21  Brenin: An excellent pun and unenjoyable game, but are they worth recycling after just two days?
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  ajk68: What a disastrous opening!
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  FSR: Like <Brenin>, I am mystified as to why is reusing a pun from two days ago.
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  Messiah: The repetition of the lowest quality puns is terrible.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Zenchess: 9. Nb5? was a wasted move which did nothing to strengthen White's position.>

Purpose of 9.Nb5 was an idea to force recapture on f6 by Pawn instead of the Queen. But it was better to take the Knight on f6 immediately without inserted 10.Qd4 leaving thus d4 for the Knight. 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nd4 Nxc4?! 12.e3 gives white more than sufficient compensation for a Pawn.

Also 14.f4 Qxa3 15.fxe5 dxe5 16.g3 with intention 17.Bg2 and 18.0-0 looks like a viable option for white.

On the other side, 12...Qe7 was probably better than 12...c5 and also 13...Bf5 deserved attention.

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  Honza Cervenka: 17.Kf2? was a decisive mistake. 17.0-0-0 was better, though black has some advantage after 17...0-0-0 18.Nc2 f5!, for example 19.exf5 Rde8! 20.Rxd6(?) Qc7 21.Rd1 Nxf3! 22.g3 Ne1 23.Rg1 Nxc2 24.Qxc2 Bf3 -+. Of course, instead of 20.Rxd6? in this line white can play something else like 20.Kb1 Kc7 21.h4 Nd7 22.Qa3 Qxa3 23.Nxa3 Re5 24.Nc2 Nf6 etc. but here white also struggles for equality. But it was better than the game.
Jul-06-21  Brenin: A good pun, but worth showing three times in two weeks?
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  beatgiant: Kibitzin' insistin' that witticism is persistin': kibitzin' insistin' unequivocally.

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