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Georgy Lisitsin vs Viacheslav Ragozin
USSR Championship (1939), Leningrad URS, rd 9, Apr-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: Between moves 52 and 58, Ragozin's knight reminds me of Pac-Man swallowing up all of the pellets!
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  plang: 7..Nbd7 had been played by Fox in his loss to Alekhine at Bradley Beach 1929; 7..Bd7 was new. After 8..0-0 it seems that 9 Bg5 would have been a strong and logical response. 13..a5!? created weaknesses on the queenside; 13..Nd6 looks like an improvement. Originally Ragozin had intended 17..Nf6 with the idea of 18 e5..Nd5 19 exd?..Nf4 winning back the piece with advantage (20 Qe3..Qg5) but then noticed that after 19 Bf1 White would have been better.

Ragozin after 20..Kh8:
"The position has been defined. White has a pawn centre, while Black has managed, for a long time to come, to prevent further White activity in the centre (e4-e5 gives up the d5 square, whilst c3-c4 loses material). What can Black undertake? On the queenside, he has obtained some advantage, and in the centre, neither side can really strengthen his position. Therefore, Black's activity switches to the kingside, and now his forces will be directed there."

26 Rb2? was an inaccuracy allowing Black to seize the initiative; 26 Nf3 at once would have been strong. 31 Qd3? allowed Black to break up White's kingside; 31 Ref1 was necessary. 47 Rxf4..exf 48 e5..Nxd5 49 Bf6..Kg8 50 Rd1..f3 would also have been winning for Black.

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