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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Igor Bondarevsky
Match for the GM title (1946), Moscow URS, rd 7
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  doubledrooks: <playground player> wrote <<Nippure> After you've been here a while, you'll realize that if you consistently solved all these puzzles, you'd be a great chess master and it'd be YOUR games we were studying! Ditto for analysis--if you always analyzed correctly, and could do it over the board, you'd be a master. The point of any puzzle is to be...well, puzzling! Heck, I solved Sunday's brain-buster, and then bombed out on Monday (!), Tuesday, and Wednesday.

I only post analysis here occasionally. If my analysis is right, I find other players have already posted the same thing. But sometimes when it's wrong, I find it very, very helpful to be shown why it's wrong!

And that's what this forum is for.>

Well put, <playground player>! And keep posting <nippure>. We want to hear from you!

Jul-02-09  openingspecialist: Usually thursdays take me about 5 mintues compared to the 2 minutes a usually take to make a move in a game. Today it was literally about 45 seconds. maybe add another 15 seconds of awe. Bit easy i think.
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  Once: <nippure> Welcome! Always good to have a new voice on CG.

As others have said, don't worry if you don't always get it right. No-one's keepng score ... except perhaps yourself! The wonderful thing is that the more you do the puzzles the easier they will get. As a bonus, this is one of the friendliest sites on the net. With a couple of rare exceptions, other kibitzers will try to help you and won't make a fuss if you make a mistake.

If anything, our mistakes are possibly more important than the times when we get the puzzle right. Nearly everyone here has (a) left a piece on prise (b) failed to see a move that everyone else said was much too easy (c) not spotted that it was black to move rather than white ...

Look forward to kibitzing with you.

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  kevin86: White's threats are many and the parries to them are few and far between-black is lost.
Jul-02-09  ZUGZWANG67: Hm. 30. d6 is very strong, indeed.
Jul-02-09  dzechiel: <Once: If anything, our mistakes are possibly more important than the times when we get the puzzle right...>

This is *SO* true.

I learn very little from the games I win, but always go back over my losses and look for where I erred and how I could have played better.

This is an important step to improving your game.

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  ajk68: Go to YouTube. There is a video of Kasparov talking about how he looked over every game for mistakes. Even games he won, there were inaccuracies. The goal of the GM is to recognize the first inaccuracy and improve from there.
Jul-02-09  muralman: That was what I call a very satisfactory puzzle. It almost makes me feel smart.
Jul-02-09  YouRang: Is this really a puzzle? Black should have already resigned from sheer terror.

However, this is one of those cases where the attacking force is so potent that one can easily afford a sac to bust things open and still win with ease.

Here, the queen sac is forcing and deadly: 28.Qxa7+ Kxa7 29.Rxb7+ Ka1 30.d6, threatening Rxc7#. Black must give back the queen, and even then only to slow down the mate.

Jul-02-09  cracknik: Bloody easy for a Thursday puzzle.
Jul-02-09  muralman: Oh you guys, you shouldn't gush out how easy it was. Now we are going to get one of those insufferable 2 dozen moves puzzles. :)
Jul-02-09  bramdas: <cracknik> agree
Jul-02-09  waustad: <muralman>Good point. If nothing else it feels good getting one late in the week, and quickly at that.
Jul-02-09  Samagonka: Very, very....solvable.
Jul-02-09  Marmot PFL: 38 Qxa7+ is the 1st move solvers will look at (which simplifies things), and sets up a "mill" Kxa7 39 Rxb7+ Ka8 40 c6 etc. to which there is no defense.
Jul-02-09  PinnedPiece: Personal Thursday Goal: 5 min to decide on a move/line.

Performance: Saw Qxa7 at about 40 seconds. Spent another minute trying to see what would stop the sac from succeeding. Saw nothing to save black.

Result: Success. I think this was easier for me than Tuesday's, which I failed.

Jul-02-09  Big Easy: I am either getting better or the puzzle today is not up to Thursday standards. I immediately thought about 28. Qxa7+, and it didn't take long to verify that it wins.
Jul-02-09  WhiteRook48: I am either getting worse or this is a Sunday puzzle in disguise
Jul-02-09  minasina: Queen sac! Good to have MONDAY again ... oh, wait ...
Jul-02-09  SamAtoms1980: A look at this position showed that 28 d6 would probably be good enough to win a piece. Then I took a closer look and saw that 28 Qxa7+!! Kxa7 29 Rxb7+ Ka8 30 d6! would win the game.

There is so much force firing on the Black king that it really isn't a sacrifice at all.

Jul-02-09  smalldreams: <this was my first comment
think it will be the last>

Now that's not really necessary. I've personally posted some of the most boneheaded comments this community has ever seen and not once gotten what I deserved for it. They're a jolly crew. Might even have me breaking four digits one of these days. ;)

Jul-02-09  bennytschet: It's Quiet Pawn Move Week!
Jul-03-09  tivrfoa: I think that 28. d6 end ups the same of 28. Qxa7+. someone disagree? why?
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  gawain: I would have missed the attractive game continuation and played 28 d6. This wins, as it turns out--but after 28...cxd6 white has to see the Q sac at a7 (to win quickly) or else slog out a win after 29. Qd5 Rc8+ 30 Kb2 Rc7 31 Rb6 (intending Rxd6).
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  Messiah: Excellent game by Ragozin, very nice.
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