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Miguel Najdorf vs Viacheslav Ragozin
Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 16, Aug-08
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Smyslov Variation (D98)  ·  0-1



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Dec-10-02  ughaibu: Another of those games showing how useless a queen can be.
Dec-10-02  bishop: Why did White resign? Where is the win after 44.Kd2?
Dec-10-02  ughaibu: I'm not sure, how does white meet Nd6?
Dec-10-02  ughaibu: On the other hand, how about simply capturing h3 and queening the h-pawn?
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  Honza Cervenka: I think 44.Kd2 Nd6 45.Ne3 is not clear but maybe I'm missing something. But black can play also 44...b5 45.Qxb5 (If 45.Qa3 or 45.Qa5 or 45.Qa6 then 45...Nf3+ 46.Ke2 Bg5 threatening 47...Ng1 mate.) 45...Nf3+ 46.Ke2 N5d4+ (46...Bg5? 47.Qe8+ and 48.Qxe4) 47.Bxd4 Re1+ 48.Nxe1 Nxd4+ and 49...Nxb5.
Dec-10-02  bishop: Honza, I believe your analysis clears things up, not easy stuff to see though. Najdorf should have played on and let Ragozin play these pretty variations.
Dec-10-02  drukenknight: Is there a reason white cant play 33 or 34 Kg1? Seems like that would break both pins (33 Kg1) which seems a valid response to the attack strategy.
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  Honza Cervenka: 1) 33.Kg1 Bxb2 34.Qb3 Bxc1 etc.

2) 34.Kg1 Rxc2 35.Nxc2 Rd1+ 36.Kg2 Bc7 with decisive advantage of black.

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  Honza Cervenka: I have found this game just now in a book "Izbrannye partii Ragozina" with Ragozin's own comments. He wrote that the game was postponed in position after 43...Ng1+ and that later Najdorf asked him how he wants to win the game. They built the position on chessboard and Ragozin showed this variation - 44.Kd2 Nf3+ 45.Ke2 Nd6 46.Qd7 Ng1+ 47.Ke3 Rd1. Najdorf then determined to resign.
Dec-10-02  ughaibu: Interesting and sounds like typical Najdorf. Perhaps you should translate the book, I dont think there is a Ragozin collection in english.
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  Honza Cervenka: I don't know if that book was translated from Russian into any other language (in Czech or Slovak certainly was not). It was published in 1963 after Ragozin's death as a little collection of his best or most interesting or most important games. But I am not good translator and my knowledge of Russian and English is far from sufficient for doing such a job as translating books.:-)
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  Honza Cervenka: Smyslov suggested sac 26.Rxc6 bxc6 27.Bxe5 as a good way of weakening of black's pressure. He is probably right but I think that then black's chances are still slightly better. Ragozin played this game excellently.
Nov-28-03  ughaibu: And finally this one for Drukenknight. Not only because it's a great game but also as a transition to next month, which I'm thinking of devoting to Ragozin.
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  technical draw: Question. Was Najdorf's Queen glued to the a3 square?
Nov-28-03  Spitecheck: Answer. No it was nailed down.

The queen really didn't have a lot of good square's where it wasn't harassed by black's motley army:). He should have sacked it for one of the black central pawns to get some value out of it. Well maybe not, but it wasn't a fun game to watch from the white side.


Dec-10-04  trguitar: Pachman gives this game a good treatment in his "Modern Chess Strategy", as an example of how a queen can be worth a rook, minor piece, and pawn. (Or in this case, less!!)

He mentions Smyslov's continuation at move 26, as well as why white resigned (both of which were covered above.)

Dec-10-04  trguitar: Pachman has some analysis, though, at move ...34 which I think is wrong. He says, 34. ... Be5 avoids the following line: 34. ... Bxf2? 35. Bxf2 e3 36. Qc3! exf2 37. Rxd2 fxe1=Q 38. Rxd8+, and White wins.

However, he misses 37...fxe1=N+!! still winning for Black. That would have been an awesome continuation to see!! Three knights, a rook, and two extra pawns vs. queen and rook.

Dec-10-04  aw1988: Indeed. However, black also missed 37...e3!!: for example if 38. Bxe3 there is Nxe3 Qxe3 Bxf2!, (Rxf2?? is just terrible) and white must give up his queen with Qxf2 (Qe2?? Bxe1!; Rxd2?? Bxe3; and if say Qc3?? there is Bxe1+ Rxd2 Bxd2 which is completely won for black; Qb3?? Bxe1+ and after say Kf1?!, there is R8d3, winning. (Rc3 Nd4 and if Qxb7 then Rf2+ Kg1 (Kxe1 Re2+ Kf1 Rd1#) Ne2+ Kh1 Rf1+ (or Ng3+ Kg1 Rf1+ Kh2 (Kg2 Rd2#) Rd2+ Qg2 Rh1#! (or just Rxg2+ etc)) Kg2 (Kh2 Bg3+ Kg2 Rg1#) Rg1+ Kh2 Bg3#, and if Qa3 (instead of Qc3 or Qb3) then simply Ba5+ winning the queen) and after Rxf2+ Kxf2 black has a won endgame.
Mar-30-06  hoopsdudedan: Question: Why couldn't black have done 41. ...Nxa7?
Mar-30-06  crafty: 41...♘xa7 42. ♕xa7 ♗g5+ 43. ♔e2 ♖c1 44. ♘e3 ♗xe3 45. fxe3 =   (eval 0.01; depth 15 ply; 250M nodes)
Apr-03-06  hoopsdudedan: oh of course
Jul-02-07  sanyas: <aw1988> don't you mean 34...e3
Jul-13-07  guybrush: Perhaps the following is the win?

44. Kd2 Bg5+ 45 Kc3 Ne2+ 46 Kc4 b5+

Then if 47 Qxb5 Nd6+ (fork) or
47 Kxb5 Nc3+ (fork). Looks forced.

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