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David Bronstein vs Viacheslav Ragozin
Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 14, Aug-05
King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36)  ·  1-0


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  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik: "King's Gambit, didn't obtain anything special; but squeezed the win of a pawn, went into an endgame, then returned it, obtained a minor piece ending, exploited Black's passive play and won."
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  Gypsy: <24.Bg5> Bronstein opts to go after a pawn. He could have gone after a piece -- 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.dxe5... -- traps the knight on h5. But Bronstein writes that he felt that subsequent g2-g4 (to collect the knight) was a bit too cheeky for his first international tournament with the big boys.

The endgame is interesting and technically rather impressive. (Not sure what activity Botvinnik thinks Ragozin was supposed to undertake.) At the end, Ragozin had to give up a pawn and the game because of a zugzwang.

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  aw1988: <(Not sure what activity Botvinnik thinks Ragozin was supposed to undertake.)>

Botvinnik in my opinion often had problems from stopping him revealing his own massive bias on all kinds of events, if he ever wanted to. Either that or he merely did not feel he had to hide anything. In this case he feels Black's play was passive - Botvinnik himself would probably have played much differently, even if it didn't change the result. Probably a question of style. Of course, it's possible he simply misevaluated the endgame entirely, these are just my rubbish theories.

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  whiteshark: The most likely finish is <67...f2 68.b6 Kd8 69.a7 f1Q 70.a8Q+ Ke7 71.Qe8+ Kf6 72.Qf8+ Kg6 73.Qxf1 Bxf1 74.b7 >

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Black can't really deviate from this line...

Aug-14-10  Sebastian88: T. Czarnecki in The book "Szach i Mat" give this variation:

67.a6! f2 68.a7 f1=Q 69.b6+ Kd8 70.a8=Q+ Ke7 71.Qe8+ Kf6 72.Qf8+ 1-0 And wins.

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  plang: 5..c6 is usually played; 5..Nbd7 is a rarity. Not obvious where Black went wrong.
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