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Mark Taimanov vs Alexander Kotov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 26, Oct-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0

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Dec-02-04
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  vonKrolock: This game was decisive from Kotov’s point of vue: Winner of the 1952 Interzonal, he was improving considerably his score in the Candidates’ second half - unbeaten for seven Rounds before this 26th, whith victories against Smyslov and Reshevsky to accredit his performance… Perhaps his choice of a Defense here was unwise – as Bronstein remarked, “In Ragozin’s System (* Nc6 whith Pc7) the abstract concept of a White’s advantage adopts a concrete form” Taimanov conduction in all the game is praiseworthy; and when Black feels compelled to a shape whith his Pawns at white points, preceding an exchange BxN in ‘c5’, Kotov is positonally almost lost.

<38…Ra4> Comprehensible attempt to create some complications (39.Bh5 Rb4 etc), and naturally Taimanov’s next move ….

<39.Bd1> … is adorned, by Bronstein, whith two <!!> exclamation marks, and a laud address <”A brilliant reply”…> etc

<40.Ra1> <”White’s dreams comes true, the Rook pierce unto the eight file, provoking disorder and perplexity”> (**quick indirect translation – from Spanish “El Ajedrez de Torneo” by D. Bronstein

Nov-06-13
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  zydeco: If 26....c5 27.Nb2! and 27....c4? 28.Nxc4 dxc4 29.Bxc4 Nd5 30.Bxd5 Qxd5 31.Rxc7.

If 27...c5 then 28.b5 (or maybe 28.Nxb6) c4 29.Rxc4

Mar-14-15
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  keypusher: A modern example of the same system: Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015
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