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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Semmering/Baden (1937), Semmering/Baden AUT, rd 12, Sep-24
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1



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Nov-12-04  Whitehat1963: Player of the day wins with the opening of the day.
Nov-12-04  Flyboy216: On a hunch, I wondered why not 40.♔xg2. In fact, it turns out that Crafty prefers this to 40.♔h2. In fact, it MUCH prefers 39...♕xe2 to 39...♗xg2. Why did Capa play this, and why did Ragozin respond like that?
Nov-12-04  acirce: gives 40.Kxg2, but who knows, perhaps White played 40.Kh2 in time trouble to see if there was a perpetual after 40..Qxe2, since the position was lost anyway, and then resigned when he realized it wasn't.
Nov-12-04  tayer: Why Ragozin played 40. ♔h2 (if he did so) I don't know. But on the previous move I think that Capablanca played 39. ... ♗xg2+ (instead of ♕xe2) to eliminate pieces like in 40. ♔xg2 ♕xe2+ 41. ♔g3 ♕f2+ 42. ♕xf2 fxf2 which is a much clear win (at least for a human)
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  plang: There had been 10 games with the Slav in the Alekhine-Euwe return match earlier in 1937 so it may have been in fashion then. 10 Ne5..c5 11 Na2..Ba5 led to an easy equality for black; the combination of Qb3 and Na2 does not look promising. Perhaps 10 a5 was an alternative. The complications starting with 12 Qb5 backfired as the queen was more poorly placed than the black bishop on a5. 13 dxc..a6 would have been good for black. 20 b3 created a hole at c3 which Capablanca exploited; 20 Rc1 would have been preferable. If 35 Ng3..Ra2 36 Nf1..Rf2 37 Qh3..Bxe4 is decisive for black.
Jul-21-10  sevenseaman: Masterly planning and execution.
Oct-23-10  Garech: Beautiful play from Capa - great use of the bishops.


Dec-04-15  SimplicityRichard: Ragozin's philosophy of pawn sacrifices to attain the initiative is stopped in it's tracks; Ragozin unfortunately sacrifices a centre pawn against the "wrong" man. Capablanca makes full use of his pawn on d4 that acts as a "bone in the throat of White's position". Then Capa with computer like precision transforms the endgame into a won one. #

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