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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Training Match (1940), Leningrad URS, rd 10, May-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  0-1



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Feb-25-10  suenteus po 147: Is this game correctly listed as a win? I have one source (granted, it's an online source) that claims this game was drawn.
Feb-26-10  nescio: <suenteus po 147: Is this game correctly listed as a win?> Yes. One glance at the final position is telling enough, but there is also the comment after move 40 from Botvinnik himself in "one hundred selected games" which I have found in good condition in one of the cardboard boxes: "At this point the game was adjourned. White sealed 41 R-Kt2, but did not resume play. Black's pieces co-operated in great harmony". (translated by Stephen Garry)
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  keypusher: As Botvinnik wrote, the game follows in the path of Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908. Like Lasker, Ragozin sacrifices the d-pawn, puts the bishop on the h2-b8 diagonal, and plays e4-e5 and Bxe5, setting up the threat of Bxf6 and Qh7+. But Botvinnik takes advantage of defensive resources, notably ...Bc4 and ...Bxa2, that Tarrasch had neglected.
Feb-26-10  suenteus po 147: <nescio> & <keypusher> Thank you, gentlemen. As always, your comments are extremely valuable to me.
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  sachistu: Yes <suenteus po 147>, as pointed out by <nescio>, White did seal, but did not continue. That comment is also included in Baturinsky's 3-vol set of Botvinnik's games. Baturinsky only gives these first 10, but apparently there were two additional games played (both draws) making the final result 8.5 to 3.5. I have not found an explanation in Baturinsky's book, but the year-by-year summary of Botvinnik's results clearly shows 12 games with Botvinnik winning 5 and 7 drawn. Di Felice Chess Results for 1936-1940 also indicates 12 games with the same result. If anyone has further information on this, please share. Thanks!
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  Retireborn: <sachistu> My CA database confirms 12 games were played in the match and they were not very exciting draws. The 11th game is here:-

Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1940

12th game (Ragozin White)

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 g6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Bc4 Bg7 8.Ne2 Nd7 9.Be3 Qc7 10.Rc1 0-0 11.0-0 a6 12.f4 Nb6 13.Bb3 c4 14.Bc2 f5 15.Ng3 fxe4 16.Bxe4 Bf5 17.Qf3 Bxe4 18.Nxe4 Qc6 19.Ng5 Qxf3 20.Rxf3 Nd5 21.Bd2 draw

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Black's pieces co-operated in great harmony." Rather the understatement, that! The Knight alone wreaked great havoc from moves 25-29.
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