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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Viacheslav Ragozin
Russia (1927), Tournament, Leningrad
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  1-0


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Jan-07-04  marekg248: Ragozin was a trainer of Botvinnik, I don't know whether at the time of this game, but in 1942 for sure.
Mar-08-04  perplex: 8 Nb5->Nd6+
15 e5 was a good try but a scene after 19 Qg5+ shows that Black's pawn center is rather a weakness.
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  meloncio: <marekg248> <...but in 1942 for sure.> And in the spring of 1936 too, says Botvinnik in a book.
Jun-11-05  lentil: things get hairy after (8. Nb5) ab+ 9. c3! Bc7 10. Bxa3. W has a big plus i think
Jul-23-05  schnarre: A case of the student surpassing the master?
May-17-07  Gouki: Kasparov was also a student of Botvinnik I believe... seems that the new generation does indeed surpass the old :D

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  whiteshark: <25...exd3??> was a quick losing move and Botvinnik showed with good technique for what reason.
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  GrahamClayton: Botvinnik's combination starts with two retreating moves 23.♕e2 & 24.♗c1.
Dec-04-10  James Bowman: Bravo Mr Botvinnik this was pleasing.
Feb-21-12  backrank: The retreat 24. Bc1 being the strongest attacking move here (aganinst which Black is in fact helpless), leaves a very esthetic impression here and shows the mastery of then 16 year old Botvinnik.
Feb-21-12  RookFile: You get the feeling that Ragozin was trying to test Botvinnik in a murky middlegame. He certainly passed the test here.
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  brankat: V.Ragozin was only 3 years older than M.Botvinnik, and at the time of the above game they didn't yet have a trainer/sparring partner relation. The game took place at the USSR Championship 1927, where Botvinnik tied for the 6th place and was awarded the Master's title.

I'm pretty sure the two started working together sometime in the late 1930s, and then on throughout the 1940s and '50s.

May-10-12  Alphonse1973: <brankat: V.Ragozin was only 3 years older than M.Botvinnik, and at the time of the above game...> At the time of the above game Ragozin was nineteen and Botvinnik sixteen. Botvinnik, three years younger, was a genius: look at the score of his games with Ragozin: "Classical games: Mikhail Botvinnik beat Viacheslav Ragozin 39 to 3, with 25 draws"
Apr-27-13  wlg: In his annotations,
one of the last [quick] comments in this game,
Botvinnik wrote after 24. ...Qd6:
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  TheFocus: From the Leningrad Tournament of Six.
May-15-16  CblP: What's wrong with Bxb4? positional disadvantages for black?
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  perfidious: <Alphonse1973....Botvinnik, three years younger, was a genius: look at the score of his games with Ragozin: "Classical games: Mikhail Botvinnik beat Viacheslav Ragozin 39 to 3, with 25 draws">

Of their 67 games, the majority were played in training matches: Botvinnik never lost a 'serious' game to his long-time sparring partner.

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