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David Bronstein vs Viacheslav Ragozin
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 2, Oct-18
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B68)  ·  1-0



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Aug-31-05  Resignation Trap: Botvinnik wrote in his red notebook: "Sicilian a la Rauzer (Bg5, Qd2, 0-0-0). With the energetic e4-e5 and Be4! forced a dark-square weakness at d4. After f7-f5 again captured en passant - meanwhile, the maneuver of the black knight to e4 was, evidently, nothing to be afraid of - gave the opponent probable chances. By skilfully maneuvering and exchanging queens (on the 26th move!) prevented e6-e5. Exploiting Ragozin's passive play, subtly won the endgame (without counter-chances!!) after a lengthy adjournment session. But he also schemed! In general played well! Very accurately!
Mar-29-12  optimal play: 70...♘e4? seems like the kind of mistake found in endgames that result from fatigue. Bronstein already had a winning position, but I think 70...♘h7 might have kept the game alive.

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