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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mark Taimanov
Leningrad-ch (1945), Leningrad URS
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation Maroczy Line (B74)  ·  1-0



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  meloncio: What a great attack! Ragozin wrote that Black was waiting 25.Ng5 Bg7 26.Ne6 e4 and still could defend the position. The final knight move is beatiful. If 26. ... e4 27.Qf8+! and checkmate.
Dec-21-05  bumpmobile: Ragozin has another brutal attack with this opening in Ragozin vs Veresov, 1945. My understanding is that the classical variation is supposed to be "quieter" than, say, the Yougoslav. I'm not sure I agree anymore.
Dec-21-05  aw1988: From a quick check through the game, I think Nd6 is the loser. Why not Qc7?
Dec-21-05  sitzkrieg: Why would Nd6 be the loser? F.e. he can play Nf5 instead of Qb2. Better to develop a piece then to place the Queen on c7 where it also can be attacked with a temp with Nd5/
Dec-21-05  Boomie: Looks like 12...d5 is the lemon. Bxd3 looks best.
Dec-22-05  sucaba:
If Taimanov had seen 25. ♘f6, then he might have tried 23. _ f5 24. ♘xd6 e4 25. ♕g3 .

23. ♕xf7+?! ♔h8 24. ♕f6+ ♔g8 25. ♕e6+ ♔h8 26. ♕xd6 ♕xc3 27. ♖f8+ ♔g7! is just a perpetual.

I agree that 12. _ d5 looks suspicious.
But after 20. _ f5, the black position is passable safe.

Dec-23-05  Boomie: <sucaba> Thanks for your thoughtful note.

Here's a Fritz line on 12...♗xd3.

12...♗xd3 13. cxd3 ♘xb3 14. ♕xb3 (0.45/14)

Although black is smiling ear to ear after 20...f5 -0.11/12, white shouldn't let him get there. Here's the improvement for white showing that 12...d5 was about as good as 12...♗xd3 and not the lemon I thought at first glance. Plus d5 is a lot more entertaining :-D

16. ♘xa5 ♕xa5 17. b4 ♕d8 18. ♗xc4 dxc4 19. ♕e2 f5 20. ♖ad1 ♕h4 21. ♗xf8 ♔xf8 (0.44/13)

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  GrahamClayton: The order of moves is important for Ragozin - 23. ♕xf7+ ♔h8 24. ♘e4 ♖f8! and Black can hold on.
Aug-04-17  Toribio3: GM Taimanov was a great grandmaster. Maybe, he underestimated the caliber of Ragozin.
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