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Vladimir Makogonov vs Paul Keres
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 5, Feb-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Alekhine Variation (D38)  ·  0-1



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  plang: There was no real threat with 11 Qb3?!; 11 e3..0-0 12 Bd3 looks stronger. 12 Qxb7..Rb8 13 Qa6..0-0 14 e3..Qg6 would have given Black good compensation for the pawn. 13 Be2?! was very passive; 13 c4!..dxc 14 Bxc4..0-0 would have been better when White may now be able to play 15 Qxb7!?. Perhaps 16 Qb4 would have been more active. The exchange of knights initiated by 17 Nb3? worked to Blacks advantage as it made it more difficult for White to obtain counterplay with e4; 17 Bf3 or 17 dxc were alternatives. White sacrificed a pawn with 27 e4?! but perhaps better was 27 g3 intending Bg2 and e4. 29 Bxc4..Rc8 30 Qe2..bxc 31 Rad1..c2 would have been winning for Black.

Barsky after 40..b2;
"Black's plan is very simple: he wants to bring his king via d5 and c4 to the assistance of the b2 pawn. If White opposes this by bringing his own king to the queenside, then he loses both kingside pawns."

White was in zugzwang after 43..Rh2.

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