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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 13, May-30
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Lundin Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Honza Cervenka: Ragozin could beat Capablanca in this game. Simple 49.Qf4 won the pawn h4 and afterwards the game.
Oct-15-02  drukenknight: 49 ....Qc2
Oct-15-02  pferd: If 49.Qf4 Qc2 then 50.Ng5 hits at the f7 pawn. 50...f5 loses the e pawn. 50...Qf5 allows 51.Qxf5 and after 51...gxf5 or 51...exf5, 52.Nf3 wins the h pawn (or allows Nd4-c5 picking up the a pawn).

And obviously 49.Qe2 won't do.

Oct-15-02  drukenknight: pferd may be right but then why not simply 49...Qd8?
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  Honza Cervenka: 49...Qd8 50.Ng5 attacking pawns f7 and h4.
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  meloncio: After 53. ... Qc5+, Ragozin wrote: "This check was for me like a thunder in a clear blue sky. I thought the only move was 53. ... Qd1+, and then 54.Qf1 Qd4+ 55.Kh1 Qd7 56.Qf4 winning".
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  Calli: Capablanca heavily criticized his play. Here are a couple of his notes:

17...Nxe3 "A serious positional mistake. Ba7 was correct, with a splendid position"

18...Ba7 "A second mistake. 18...Nf6 was correct, and if 19.f5 Bxe5 20 dxe5 Ng4 with an excellent game for Black. If here 20 Qe5 (instead of 20 dxe5), then 20...Qd5 favors Black."

<meloncio> Pretty good! The expression in English is "a bolt from the blue".

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  meloncio: <Calli> OK, thanks. It's a nice way to improve my English :-))
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